New York Orthopedic Hospital and NCH Healthcare Announce Joint Venture


The NCH Healthcare System has partnered with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to bring its orthopedic surgery and research services to Southwest Florida.

A three-story outpatient surgery center will be built behind the NCH North Naples Hospital off Immokalee Road, which could cost up to $70 million for inpatient and outpatient care as a joint venture between the two hospitals, according to officials.

Lou Shapiro, CEO of New York Hospital for Special Surgery, speaks November 4, 2022 at NCH North Naples Hospital to announce a joint venture with NCH Healthcare System.

Longtime Naples philanthropist Jay Baker, who sits on the NCH board, has announced that he and his wife, Patty Baker, are committing $20 million as a challenge grant to raise $40 million to cover the costs.

The nonprofit NCH, the largest hospital operator in Collier County, and the Hospital for Special Surgery have been working for 18 months to bring the partnership to fruition, said Paul Hiltz, president and CEO of NCH.

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“This will allow Southwest Florida residents to stay here for world-class care,” Hiltz said. “It will be the orthopedics of the future.”

Hospital for Special Surgery, HSS, has been ranked #1 for orthopedics for the past 13 years by US News & World Report.

Orthopedic surgeons from the specialty hospital will begin coming to Naples early in the new year and the specialty hospital’s practice protocols will be adopted, said Jonathan Kling, NCH’s chief operating officer.

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There are about 38 orthopedic surgeons at Collier, five of whom are employed by NCH, Kling said.

A board of directors will be set up for the outpatient surgery center with officials from both hospitals, he said.

The building will have approximately 80,000 square feet of construction space. In addition to surgical care, the specialty hospital will bring its clinical trials, research and education programs to Naples, Kling said.

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Projections of the number of patients who will be treated at the future outpatient surgery center were not immediately available. Surgical services will include joint replacement and other treatments for hips, knees, shoulders, sports injuries and other musculoskeletal needs, Kling said.

Jay and Patty Baker, center, chat with community members after the Baker Park ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Naples.

The goal is to begin construction of the new outpatient surgery center next April or May, Kling said. Construction is estimated to take two years.

Lou Shapiro, chief executive of HSS, said during Friday’s announcement that 150,000 patients are treated each year at the orthopedic hospital and one million people visit its website each month to learn more about the services offered.

The specialty hospital performs more than 35,000 orthopedic surgeries a year and has been recognized as one of the top hospitals for orthopedics and rheumatology for 31 consecutive years, according to a press release.

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The hospital maintains the lowest complication and readmission rates for orthopedics in the United States, and is among the lowest for infection rates, according to the release.

Shapiro said the hospital has 5,000 employees at 20 sites in the four states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida, with a facility and partnership in West Palm Beach.

“HSS is committed to earning its reputation one patient at a time,” Shapiro said, adding that the two hospitals share a common set of values. “It became clear after meeting everyone. Thank you for the trust you place in us and we will not let you down.”

Dr. Bryan Kelly, chief surgeon and medical director of HSS, said the hospital is expanding its footprint beyond the tri-state area of ​​New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Some patients don’t like to come to New York and that’s why the hospital wants to bring its services to patients outside of its base area.

“We can’t do this alone,” Kelly said. “The possibility of finding partners like NCH is not easy.”


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