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NCH Center for Philanthropy

The mission of NCH Healthcare System is clear: to help everyone live a longer, happier and healthier life.

NCH Baker Hospital Downtown is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Services for the fifth year in a row (2016-2020) according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

NCH Baker Hospital Downtown was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ for three years in a row (2018-2020)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ for two years in a row (2019-2020)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™ in 2020
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgeries™ in 2020
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ in 2020
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ in 2020

State-of-the-art technology and innovative programs go beyond the scope of traditional medicine, enabling our staff to address a complex range of medical, social, economic and emotional factors that affect the health of our most vulnerable patients.

Private philanthropy is essential in maintaining the level of care that our patients require and deserve. Please consider becoming part of the NCH family and help us continue providing quality health care to all.

Whether you are a grateful patient or a caring friend of NCH or a community partner, there are many ways you can help NCH continue its transformative work.

Celebrating NCH's 1,200 Volunteers

Every day our talented and generous volunteers make the difference in support of our mission of excellence to our patients, their loved ones and our customers. In addition to some of the perks of being an NCH volunteer, giving back to your community is attributed to living a long and fulfilled life.

Honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others.

Philanthropy at work

Leslie's Story

Leslie Raymond, MD
PGY-1 Internal Medicine Resident

When I was a kid, my sister and I were nearly inseparable. Not only did we do everything together, like dress up as doctors and nurses on Halloween, we were doubles partners on our high school tennis team. Unfortunately, during my freshman year, my appendix ruptured and I was rushed to NCH.

Read More of Leslie’s Story: At first, I was scared because of the uncertainty of not knowing what was wrong. However, my doctors made me feel comfortable, explained the situation so I would understand, and guided me through diagnosis and treatment with compassion.

Because of my experience, I learned first-hand the difference competent, compassionate healthcare professionals can make. That “scary” hospital visit all those years ago, inspired me to help those in need and pursue a career in healthcare.

I still remember the incredible feeling I had when I accepted an offer to join the second NCH Internal Medicine Residency class—a teaching program developed in partnership with our affiliate, Mayo Clinic. After so many years of hard work, my dream was becoming a reality. This opportunity has once again allowed me to partner with my sister, an NCH cardiac nurse, and together, we are improving the health of the people we serve. Not only have I been embraced by the NCH community, I take tremendous pride in kick-starting my career in the hospital where I was born and in the city where I was raised.

Private funding from individuals like you enables me to practice medicine, change the lives of the people of Southwest Florida and continue making Collier County the healthiest community in America. Investing in NCH helps medical professionals like me pursue their dreams and make a difference in our community.

Donor Spotlight

Audrey Petersen

Mrs. Audrey Petersen is a wonderful example of success and selflessness. Her visionary gift, providing Smart Room technology for NCH, has transformed healthcare delivery here. Seamless, integrated connectivity from the bedside to the medical record, including monitoring equipment, IV pumps, and other digital inputs, now gives patients and care-givers a safer experience.

Dr. Chris Papadopoulos

"You have to know the past to appreciate the present" Dr. Chris Papadopoulos says. In addition to the gift of his rare and extensive stethoscope collection, Dr. Papadopoulos made a gift to NCH in his estate plans.

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