Straight Talk
A weekly update from management on the issues that matter most.


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • One of the great joys, among many, of being the CEO of a wonderful hospital system such as NCH, is the correspondence I receive from team members. Here is one email (lightly edited for HIPAA compliance) that I got recently from night shift RN Cassandra Michaelis, 4th floor, North Naples Hospital.
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  • Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution—the Exponential Age, where the merging of technologies is blurring the lines among the physical, digital and biological spheres and disrupting most traditional industries.
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  • As a postscript to National Nurses Week, I want to share with you an email I received from night nurse Denise Sullivan, RN 4N (lightly edited for HIPPA compliance):
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  • NCH’s vibrant Palliative Care Program just got better. Our formidable, seven-member multi-disciplinary palliative care team has recently been augmented by the addition of Dr. Shirley Codada, who is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
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  • NCH is the largest non-governmental employer in Southwest Florida. Only the excellent Collier County Public School System is larger, educating 46,000 students and employing almost 7,000 employees. And our role in our community isn’t an aberration; hospitals across the nation are typically the largest organizations in a community and essential for their region’s health and prosperity.
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