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NCH ​​Healthcare System and Nicklaus Children’s Announce Collaboration

NAPLES, Fl. – September 19, 2022NCH ​​Healthcare System and Nicklaus Children’s Health System are thrilled to announce a collaboration that will improve the care we can provide to the youngest members of our community and their families while keeping them closer to home here in Naples and around southwest Florida.

NCH ​​Healthcare System and Nicklaus Children’s are committed to providing exceptional pediatric care to our patients. Nicklaus Children’s, through its multi-specialty medical practice Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists, will provide inpatient services for NICU, PICU/Peds patients as well as routine newborn screenings. NCH ​​Healthcare System will support newborn hearing screening.

Nicklaus Children’s Health System is the parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, a 309-bed specialist pediatric hospital that is the flagship of the health system. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is renowned for its excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and has been rated the #1 children’s hospital (tied with two other hospitals) in Florida by US and world news Report in its 2022-2023 ranking of the best children’s hospitals.

Future plans for NCH Healthcare System include the development of a Level III NICU as well as expanding the level and number of pediatric specialties we can offer to our growing community. Nicklaus Children’s was chosen because it best aligns with our goals and intentions for the services we want to be able to provide to our growing community. NCH ​​and Nicklaus Children’s remain committed to continuing to work with other pediatric specialty groups in the region to ensure families receive high-quality, collaborative care.

“NCH Healthcare System is in a period of transformational change to become an advanced community healthcare system,” said Paul Hiltz, President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “Today marks a wonderful collaboration that not only helps us achieve this goal, but more importantly, will enable more children in need of specialist pediatric care to get it…right here at NCH and close to home. them…with fewer people needing to be transferred out of Collier County.”

NCH ​​Healthcare System and Nicklaus Children’s Health System are committed to keeping as many pediatric patients as close to home as possible, transferring patients only when it is medically necessary to move the patient to another facility that can provide a higher level of care.

“Nicklaus Children’s is honored to partner with NCH Healthcare System to support exceptional pediatric care in Southwest Florida,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. “We are thrilled to bring our pediatric specialists and our 72-year heritage to Collier County so that area children and their families can stay close to home while receiving patient care. Our goal is to be part of the community, not just in it. It is more than just providing medical care; it’s about being an active and contributing member of this community that we are now happy to call home.

“A year ago, NCH Healthcare System began a journey to elevate pediatric and women’s care services in Collier County,” said Paula DiGrigoli, executive director of women’s and children’s services, NCH Healthcare System. “I am thrilled to witness the fulfillment of months of effort to make exceptional pediatric care available to our growing community.”

Nicklaus Children’s will provide inpatient pediatric coverage at NCH North Naples Hospital located at 11190 Health Park Blvd. Services begin October 1, 2022.

About the NCH Health System

The NCH Healthcare System is a nonprofit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The system is more than two hospitals (called NCH Baker Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 713 beds. NCH ​​is an alliance of 775 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations across Collier County and Southwest Florida that provides nationally recognized quality health care to our community. Our mission is to help everyone live a longer, happier and healthier life. For more information, visit

About Nicklaus Children’s Health System

Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) is the parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. The 309-bed nonprofit hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 to 2014, was founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International and is renowned for its excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine, with numerous programs regularly ranked among the best in the country by US and world news Report. In the 2022-2023 U.S. News rankings, the hospital tied with two other hospitals as Florida’s top children’s hospital. The health system also includes the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of nonprofit ambulatory and emergency care centers located in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties; a not-for-profit medical practice affiliate; and an outpatient surgery center. The NCHS is the only health system in the region exclusively for kids.

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