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NCH Healthcare System Announces $5 Million Match Gift Earmarked for Healthcare Initiative

January 10, 2023 – On Monday, January 9, the NCH Healthcare System celebrated the renovation and grand re-opening of the Marco Rehabilitation Center located at 40 S. Heathwood Drive on Marco Island, made possible by contributions from Barbara and Steve Slaggie. As they were being thanked for their generosity, Mr. and Mrs. Slaggie made another exciting, surprise announcement of their intention to inspire others to support the new Marco Urgent Care Center building with a $5 million dollar match grant.

Originally from Minnesota, the Slaggies have been supporters of NCH for some time after becoming residents of the island. Both Barbara and Steve are firm believers in giving back to the communities in which they live.

Throughout the years, the couple have supported many philanthropic efforts in the education, and humanitarian sector. Healthcare is another area of focus where the Slaggies feel their donated dollars will make a tremendous impact for people of all demographics.

“We have been blessed to be in a position to be able to give back to our communities,” said Barbara Slaggie. “Not only do we hope this $5 million match gift will go a long way in making exceptional, leading-edge healthcare available for the residents of Marco, but we also hope it will inspire others to give as well.”

“I cannot express my appreciation enough for the Slaggies’ generosity and the momentum it will create in expanding the care NCH will be able to offer residents of Marco Island,” said Paul Hiltz, President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH is in a period of transformational change to become an Advanced Community Healthcare SystemTM and this amazing gift will help to assure that the high level of care that comes with that designation, will be available to Marco and the surrounding communities for generations to come.”

The new, two-story, 24,000 square foot Marco Urgent Care Center is slated to begin construction this summer with the existing clinic remaining open until completion of the new site in 2024.

Source: South Florida Hospital News