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NCH Among Top Ten Hospitals in Florida

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Submitted The NCH Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the top ten hospitals for 2015-16 in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking of the NCH Healthcare System has been on a steady upward climb for the past three years,” says Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH’s state ranking has improved from 22nd, to 17th, to 9th in Florida,” Weiss adds. “A Best Hospital has ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System “High Performing”


Submitted U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals has unveiled the broadest expansion of its analysis of hospital quality since it began ranking medical centers 25 years ago. The new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings cover nearly every hospital in the country and evaluate each one in five common surgical procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations a year. “It’s rewarding to see that the system-wide focus on quality and collaboration among our physicians, caregivers, and other colleagues has resulted in NCH being ranked “best in region” by U.S. News for the fifth consecutive ... Read More »

Dr. James Orr Appointed Chair

Medical Director of Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, James Orr, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Orr will direct the actions of the board, ensuring the Florida Board of Medicine’s goal of ensuring that the 68,000 Florida physicians continue to maintain their practice of quality medicine. Through efficient and dedicated organization, Dr. Orr will lead the organization’s initiatives to license, monitor, discipline, educate and rehabilitate physicians in order to better serve patients in Florida. “Dr. Orr has always shown an ongoing compassion ... Read More »

Free Lecture on Pancreatic Cancer

21st Century Oncology, the nation’s leading provider of integrated cancer care, is pleased to announce a complimentary lecture about pancreatic cancer on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Northern Trust Bank, 8060 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919. The event is open to the public and a light dinner will be served. Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease, affecting an estimated 46,420 people in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society. Of those, more than 39,000 people, or 85 percent of those, will die from the disease. The lecture, titled “Pancreatic Cancer: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment,” will provide ... Read More »

Straight Talk


Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System We have a multitude of “stars” at NCH, and at the recent Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 26th annual meeting in Orlando, NCH stars had a major presence, with 58 colleagues attending and the following 40 presenting. Additional authors and a picture gallery of our folks can be found on Tracy Britto: “Something to Talk About: Medication Education” Angela Devaney: “Quality Improvement through Bedside Shift Report” Alicia Dalto: “Decreasing Fallouts” Melanie Huber: “Educate Before You Medicate” Sarah Horner: “Smart Room Stroke Education: Giving Time Back to the RN” Maria Stewart: ... Read More »

Are Your Hidden Food Allergies Making You Fat?


FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres I know what you’re thinking—not another excuse as to why we are overweight. Many people dismiss the new rule of thought that an obesity gene exists, and frown upon those who should “just exercise and eat right” to lose weight. Although I disagree, I do understand where they are coming from as fads, gimmicks, and excuses fill our inboxes and TVs on a regular basis, constantly changing and contradicting each other. In this case, we’re going to discuss hidden food allergies. Hidden food allergies are very real; studies have shown that once you remove the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bruce W. Novark, M.D.


I am writing this letter in support of Victor Rios, candidate for our Marco Island City Council. I  know Victor to be an honest & trustworthy hard working citizen.  He is fiscally knowledgeable, responsible, and is committed to making sure the City spends our tax money for programs we “Need to Have”—not on those “Nice to Have”. He has attended a high percent of City Council meetings, paying attention & commenting based on facts. I believe he will listen to us, the tax-payers, & will work hard with others to ensure our taxes are spent wisely & efficiently. I believe Mr. Rios will be an asset to our City. ... Read More »

NCH Announces Opening of First NCH Concierge Medicine Practice

The NCH Healthcare System announces the opening of NCH Concierge Medicine. This new personalized health assessment and health management program offers increased access to a personal physician. Robert Hanson, M.D., Family Medicine, and Jesse Haven, M.D., Family Medicine, are the first physicians to join the NCH Concierge Medicine practice. Drs Hanson and Haven have been providing care to local patients for 22 and 13 years, respectively and will be accepting a limited number of patients in the new practice. Dr. Hanson is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida, College of ... Read More »

Prostate Cancer Survivor Urges Men to Get Screened


Submitted Although September — Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — has come to a close, men must remain vigilant, and that is the message of Robert Dean. When the 58-year-old had a routine PSA test for insurance purposes, he never thought he would have abnormal results. Dean was healthy and had no symptoms, but in 2010, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. “As a curious person, I really needed to know everything I could about the disease and treatment options to make an informed decision,” Dean says. “I travel all over the U.S. for a living, and I’m not afraid to ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System on U.S. News and World Report Top 25 List in Florida

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of top 25 medical centers in Florida. The NCH Healthcare System is the only healthcare system in Collier and Lee Counties to make the list, and is ranked #17 in Florida. The report looked at 265 hospitals in Florida. This is the 25th hospitals. The 2014-15 U.S. News and World Report national rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. NCH has been ranked “high-performing” in the following five specialties: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Urology, and Geriatrics. ... Read More »

New Board at Marco Urgent Care Center

Submitted The NCH Healthcare System recently announced the election of new officers and board members for the Marco Urgent Care Center Board of Trustees. Incoming Chairman Kevin M. Fitzgerald said, “It is a privilege and an honor to serve as the chairman of this dedicated group of community leaders who strive to ensure that quality-driven, patient-centered care is provided to patients at the Marco Urgent Care Center.” In addition to Fitzgerald as chairman, Jack Patterson is the newly elected 1st vice chairman and Dick Adams, 2nd vice chairman, as well as the secretary/treasurer. Newly incoming trustees are Lisa Gandy, David ... Read More »

Neighborhood Orthopedic Care at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd One the most common reasons for a visit to our Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is a very specific yet unexpected event—one that can happen to anyone at anytime: falling. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the cause of 8.9 million trips to emergency rooms in the United States each year. Furthermore, older adults are four times more likely to die as a result of a fall. The most common “fall locations” are stairs, ramps, cluttered hallways, any uneven surface, and wet and/or slippery areas such as bathroom tile, ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture Series

The popular Health Plus Lecture Series continues at Iberia Bank!  To date, twenty three medical presentations have been made to the public through this series  which is sponsored by IberiaBank and Physicians Regional Healthcare Center.  Here is the schedule of upcoming presentations: Wednesday, January 29 Brain Attack: Treatment Options Eric Eskioglu, M.D., Neurosurgery, Vascular & Endovascular Neurosurgeon  Brian Mason, M.D., Neuro-Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Neurosurgeon Tuesday, February 11 Salt Kills Surender R. Neravetla, M.D., Heart Surgeon Tuesday, March 18 Sinus & Allergy Relief: More than Just Sniffles Leela Lavasani, M.D., Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgeon Tuesday, April 15 Memory Loss: Normal Aging or ... Read More »

Fly to see Mama Won’t Fly


The Island Theater Company has done it again. Running from April 18th through May 4th, its new show, Mama Won’t Fly, is a comedy for all ages, and sure to entertain. Written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooter, Mama Won’t Fly is the story of Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt’s cross-country trip to her brother’s wedding, along with her mother and the bride-to-be. Driving from Alabama to California, because of her mother’s refusal to fly, they are in a race against time, with plenty of mishaps to slow them down. The result is a humor-filled tale ... Read More »

IBERIABANK’s Heath “PLUS” Lecture Series

IBERIABANK’s next installment of the Heath “PLUS” Lecture Series will be held on July 24th. The interaction between nutrition and medications will be the topic thoroughly covered by Dr. Mark Liberman, M.D and General Surgeon with Physicians Regional Healthcare System, partner for this important medical series. As we take more medications, we run an increased risk of harmful drug interactions and a greater risk of nutritional deficiencies that result when medications interact with certain foods. At our ages, the results of that can be devastating. Some of the most familiar medications that treat blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heartburn, pain ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture Aims to Help Heartburn Sufferers

IBERIABANK (, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with Physicians Regional Healthcare System to host a Health Plus Lecture aimed at addressing painful heartburn and reflux issues. General and Bariatric Surgeon, Thomas Bass, M.D., will discuss an incisionless surgery option for severe heartburn on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Dr. Bass is fellowship trained in laparoscopic surgery and uses the latest minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. His lecture will focus on daily heartburn and other symptoms of reflux such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and chest discomfort. ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture Series Continues with Orthopaedic Surgeon, Frederick Buechel, Jr. M.D., Discussing Knee and Hip Replacement

IBERIABANK (, a 124-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with Physicians Regional Healthcare System to host the second lecture in the Health Plus series. Frederick Buechel, Jr., M.D., a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and Director of MAKOplasty® International Destination, Training and Learning Center in Naples, FL, will speak on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Dr. Buechel specializes in partial knee and total hip replacement surgery and is fellowship-trained in adult joint reconstruction. His presentation will include information about diagnosis and treatment advancements including MAKOplasty® joint resurfacing, an ... Read More »

Health plus lecture series hosted by Iberia Bank

Join IBERIABANK and Physicians Regional Healthcare System for an ongoing lecture series entitled Health “PLUS.” The series will feature five physicians discussing current health-related topics ranging from head to toe. The first lecture in the series will be held on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Dr. Julian J. Javier, M.D., a board certified cardiologist and vein specialist will discuss new vein treatment options. Dr. Javier brings more than 15 years of experience to the Physicians Regional Cardiology team. The lecture, along with the following four in the series, will be held at IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle ... Read More »

Physicians Regional Healthcare System

Physicians Regional Healthcare System welcomes internal medicine physician, Cristina Sciavolino-Day, M.D., to Physicians Regional Medical Group. Physicians Regional Healthcare System is pleased to welcome internal medicine physician Cristina Sciavolino-Day, M.D. to Physicians Regional Medical Group, a strategic affiliate of the Healthcare System. Dr. Sciavolino-Day earned her medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY before completing a pediatric internship at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY. She completed residency at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, NY. She is board certified in internal medicine and has over 10 years of primary care experience. ... Read More »