April 11, 2013
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Stroke and cancer are among
our most destructive and pervasive diseases. In carrying out our mission
to enhance wellness and improve the quality of life of our community, NCH has
taken a leadership role in battling these potential killers.
- In terms of fighting stroke, NCH has
received the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Silver Quality Achievement
Award from the American Heart Association. This award recognizes NCH’s
commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring
that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted
Get with the Guidelines helps us develop and implement acute and secondary
prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The
program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best
practice discharge protocols, standing orders, and a robust registry with
real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
With the formation of an
integrated stroke program at both the downtown and North Naples ERs, ICUs, and
the 6th floors, NCH ensures comprehensive education, standardized
"Save a Brain” protocols and focused attention on the "Golden Hour,” the
optimal time to recognize and treat a victim of a stroke to minimize damage.
For more than a year, we have consistently exceeded the 85% threshold for
the eight objective stroke care measures (Recognition
Guidelines). We plan to add additional neuro-interventional
capability this summer.
This quick and efficient use
of guideline procedures has already improved the quality of care for NCH stroke
patients, reduced disability and saved lives.
- In terms of battling cancer, our commitment
to cancer care was again highlighted at the 7th Biannual Magnolia
Ball at The Ritz Tiburon, with a traditional southern theme.
The Magnolia Ball began 12
years ago, when Suzanne and Robert Chute started a tradition
which has continued every other year under the consecutive leadership of Nora
Kolmer, Carol May, Sue Morrison, Christine Flynn, Jackie
Bearse, and this year’s chairwoman, Maureen Lerner. Proceeds
from the Magnolia Ball have made possible an endowment fund for cancer,
CyberKnife auxiliary equipment, lightspeed CT scanner, a completely new,
beautiful and functional downtown outpatient infusion center (OPIS), four
specially appointed rooms on the 4 South Oncology Unit for patients with longer
hospitalizations, a soon-to-be-renovated North Naples OPIS to match the look,
feel, and function of downtown; and this year’s ambitious special project—a
comprehensive NCH Breast Health Center.
The NCH Breast Health Center
will offer collaborative, multi-disciplinary care, combined with the latest
technology for earliest detection and best possible treatment of women in
need—all delivered in a comfortable and attractive setting. Convenience,
comfort and "same day service” will highlight this accredited facility,
designed and staffed with breast cancer survivors, oncologists, breast health
navigator, social workers, dieticians and other key support staff.
Our work in stroke and cancer
may well be part of the discussion at 10 a.m. this Sunday on the Jeff Lytle
Show on ABC-7. Tune in to learn more about what we’re all doing to
safeguard our community’s future.