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• Discover NCH’s expanding pediatric services • Healing garden set to open

Celebrating 50 Years • 1956–2006


Message from the CEO of the NCH Healthcare System
The completion of the Jay and Patty Baker Patient Tower at the NCH North Naples Hospital has allowed NCH to expand its pediatric program both in terms of services and facilities. When it opens for patients in the latter part of this year, this new pediatric facility will contain 19 acutecare beds and a 4-bed pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In addition to these facilities, NCH is working with the Medical Staff to attract many pediatric sub-specialists who will provide services to the children of our community. As described in an article in this edition of Progressive Edward A. Morton Medicine, James Manzanares, M.D., recently joined the Retired Chief Executive Officer Medical Staff and is now practicing pediatric orthopaedic medicine right here at NCH. Through the joint efforts of the NCH Board of Trustees, our Medical Staff, and fellow NCH colleagues, additional pediatric specialists will be brought to the community in the near future. These additional specialists will allow for an ever-increasing array of services to be provided locally, eliminating the need for many children to travel away from home to receive essential care. Some time ago, John Denver authored these words regarding children: “They’re a promise of the future and a blessing for today. Their laughter and their loveliness can clear a cloudy day.” By working side by side, we will ensure a brighter future for our children and for ourselves. Together, we will see that our children’s laughter and loveliness, indeed, clears a cloudy day. Respectfully,

NCH Corporate Officers
Carl E. Westman, Esq., Chairman Stephen L. Schwartz, 1st Vice Chairman Richard M. Roland, M.D., 2nd Vice Chairman Richard J. Censits, Secretary/Treasurer Allen S. Weiss, M.D., Chief Executive Officer Edward A. Morton, Retired Chief Executive Officer James A. Warnken, Asst. Treasurer Cynthia A. Bennett, Asst. Secretary Kevin D. Cooper, General Counsel

Board of Trustees
Elizabeth Allen Jay H. Baker William Bindley Richard S. Bodman Susan L. Dalton Paul D. Dernbach, M.D. Linda C. Flewelling LaVerne C. Franklin Ellin Goetz Thomas R. Grady, Esq. Pierson M. Grieve Francis Harrington, M.D. Robert J. Lanigan Arnold S. Lerner Scott F. Lutgert Nelson A. Maldonado, M.D. Paul J. Marinelli Diana M. McLaughlin, M.D. Gerri Moll John M. Morrison Joseph I. Perkovich Rabbi James Perman Edwin J. Stedem, Jr.

Edward A. Morton Retired Chief Executive Officer NCH Healthcare System


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NCH Healthcare System appoints new Chief Executive Officer
On September 28, 2006, the Board of Trustees of the NCH Healthcare System announced the appointment of Allen S. Weiss, M.D., as the new CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. Dr. Weiss, who previously served as NCH President, was selected by the Succession Planning Committee, unanimously approved by the Board, and appointed as CEO effective immediately. Dr. Weiss succeeds Edward Morton, who has been part of the NCH management team since August 1972 and Chief Executive Officer since October 1, 2000. Mr. Morton retires after leading NCH to national prominence with recognition for its quality from independent rating organizations. NCH has been Mr. Morton’s sole employer after serving in the U.S. Army. He feels privileged to have worked with the many wonderful people at NCH and is proud of what has been accomplished over the years. In the past two years, NCH has been recognized by national quality and rating firms 15 times. In addition, the system’s financial situation is stronger than ever. Mr. Morton will continue to be involved with the NCH Healthcare System and remain available to consult with the Board of Trustees, a valuable resource given his wealth of experience, as well as to serve on the Foundation Committee. Mr. Morton and Dr. Weiss have worked closely over the past years, and Mr. Morton strongly supported the selection of Dr. Weiss as his successor. Dr. Weiss graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained at both the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery of Cornell University. After training, Dr. Weiss practiced as a private physician in Naples, board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Geriatrics. He joined the NCH management team in March 2000 and was promoted to the position of President in October 2000. In that role, Dr. Weiss worked closely with Mr. Morton and the Board of Trustees to formulate and implement

Edward A. Morton, Retired Chief Executive Officer, and Allen S. Weiss, M.D., newly appointed Chief Executive Officer

organization policies. Dr. Weiss earned his Executive MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2001. After Mr. Morton announced his plans to retire, the Succession Planning Committee interviewed a handful of exceptionally fine candidates for this key position. Ultimately, the decision to appoint Allen Weiss emerged as the right one. “Dr. Weiss’ intelligence, character, ability, and absolute sense of integrity are the fundamental factors that led to the unanimous decision by our Board of Trustees that Allen lead our community-supported healthcare system,” says Carl Westman, Chairman of the NCH Board of Trustees. “The NCH Healthcare System has a history of excellence in terms of the vision and expectations of its leaders. The Board of Trustees is confident with its decision and looks forward to the innovative advancements that will surely follow in the years ahead,” adds Westman. “We plan to continue to deliver the outstanding quality care the community deserves while we serve the medical staff,” emphasizes Dr. Weiss.

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Old bags become new funds at auction
“If you are charitable, love children and have a sense of humor, you will not want to miss our Old Bags for Babies Celebration,” says NCH Healthcare Foundation Committee member Jane Ogden, who, together with Carol Ann May, is co-chairing this unique event. Set for December 5, Old Bags for Babies is an afternoon auction of legacy and vintage designer handbags to raise $50,000 for expanded Pediatrics services. “We want to provide the full spectrum of care and the highest quality care for our smallest patients,” Ms. Ogden explains. “I had heard they have to fly babies out to other cities because we lack specialty pediatric services in Collier County. We thought it would be wonderful if we could get complete care for the children here.” “When you say the title, people laugh—but they love it!” Ms. Ogden notes cheerfully. “We are getting ‘slightly experienced’ vintage designer bags, along with the stories attached to them. Barbara Taylor Bradford is sending one of her bags and a story. Doris Reynolds is donating a Louis Vuitton bag that has been around the world with her. We are trying to get golf bags, too, and even a designer diaper bag.” Old Bags for Babies takes place from 2–4 p.m. on December 5 in The Garden of Hope and Courage. If you are interested in donating a bag, becoming a patron, and/or attending the event, please contact the NCH Healthcare Foundation at (239) 436-4511.

A dream becomes a healing reality
involved early on, as the concept was one she could fully appreciate. “Richard’s story (about Jan) hit my heartstrings, and I listened with great understanding of what he was trying to accomplish,” she says. “My husband (who also serves on the garden board) is a 16-year lung cancer survivor. When he was in the hospital, I would walk along the Potomac River. It was a place where I could meditate and let my frustrations out, so I could walk back through his door with a smile on my face and hope in my heart.” Mrs. Dalton envisions the NCH garden providing the same sort of healing effect for patients, caregivers, and hospital staff. “There has been so much research done on healing gardens,” she notes. “They relay such positive feelings and reduce negativity.” In addition to various plantings, the garden includes statues, a pergola, a pavilion where functions can be held, a paved walkway around the lake, a boardwalk across the water, and a children’s garden donated by Mr. and Mrs. Dalton. “The Board is extremely pleased and proud to be able to present this beautiful garden to NCH,” Mrs. Dalton says. “We hope everyone—including the public—will use it.”

Imagine a quiet, serene place surrounded by the beauty of nature and art, a healing garden that lifts your spirits and renews your hope. This was the vision of Jan Emfield, a former Naples resident who died of breast cancer in 1994. Her dream, however, was taken to heart by her husband and friends. This month, that dream becomes reality with the dedication of The Garden of Hope and Courage on October 24. Located adjacent to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, The Garden of Hope and Courage is a five-year labor of love. Bob Emfield and his friend Richard D’Amico were the driving forces behind the garden, but they were joined by a host of volunteers and donors who raised $2.5 million for the project. Sue Dalton, an NCH Trustee and a member of the Board of The Garden of Hope and Courage, became

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growing along with our children and community

NCH’s pediatric capabilities are expanding to meet the needs of the growing population of children in Collier County

Anyone who has lived in Collier County for even a few years is well aware that the county’s population is increasing dramatically. Along with that growth has come a phenomenal increase in the number of children living here—prompting a great need for more comprehensive health care to serve the community’s youngsters. NCH Healthcare System is embracing the challenge of meeting those needs. With the completion of the Jay and Patty Baker Patient Tower at NCH North Naples Hospital, the pediatric unit will find more space and enhanced services on the third floor of the tower. The number of pediatric beds will increase to 23, including a new four-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), each with a bedside cardiac monitor. “The expansion of pediatric services is necessary because of the increasing pediatric population and a corresponding increase in their needs,” explains Debra Shepard, M.D., Chair of NCH’s Department of Pediatrics. “There is a need for a Pediatric ICU and for pediatric sub-specialists. NCH has made a commitment to bringing those here.” “Children are not simply small adults,” Dr. Shepard explains. “In the PICU, for example, the equipment must be smaller, and accommodations must be made for parents or guardians.” The 2006 Hospital Ball will raise funds for the PICU’s cardiac monitors and for telemonitors for the remaining 19 pediatric beds.

“Children also have very different problems,” Dr. Shepard adds. “Many adult diseases are due to chronic habits. Children are often born with problems. An adult cardiologist may deal with heart failure or arteriosclerosis. A pediatric cardiologist may have to deal with congenital heart defects.” The expansion of NCH’s pediatric services also includes enlarging Emergency Room facilities that are specific to pediatric medicine and hosting regular sub-specialty clinics in the community. Children’s Medical Services does provide such clinics to chronically ill children from indigent families (please see the article on CMS in this issue), but NCH hopes to eliminate the need for any family to travel out of the area by opening its clinics to all children. Another component of the expansion is outreach programs that provide such services as school nurses, case managers, and wellness programs targeted toward youngsters. Dr. Shepard is meeting regularly with other local pediatricians to ascertain specific needs and make recommendations to NCH. Her efforts spring from a passion for making a difference. “I love children, and I love dealing with preventive medicine,” she says. “That can have an impact for the rest of these children’s lives.” If you would like more information about NCH’s expansion of pediatric services, or would like to help meet this growing area of need, please contact the NCH Healthcare Foundation at (239) 436-4511.

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A simply delightful evening of giving
Preparations are well under way for the annual NCH Healthcare System Hospital Ball, one of the community’s most anticipated events. The 2006 Hospital Ball, The Secret Garden, will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort on Saturday, October 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $525 per person. This year’s theme was inspired by The Secret Garden, a story of hope and healing by Frances Hodgson that centers on two young children. Since this year’s ball will benefit the NCH Pediatric Program, the theme is most appropriate. Vice Chairs Rainey Norins and Renée Relf, and Co-chairs Wilma Boyd, Jean A. Bradshaw, John Fumagalli, and Paul Parshall, and their tremendous committee of 43 community leaders, have been meeting for months to create another memorable and successful Hospital Ball. Upon arrival, guests will enter a “Secret Garden” where they will enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction of “money-can’t-buy” items: a four-course dinner accompanied by music from The Sophisticates; a live auction; the Physician-of-the-Year Announcement; and dancing to the music of Paradise. Auction items range from a men’s Rolex® watch “surprise” package from Congress Jewelers and unique travel packages with travel arrangements by auction Co-chair Wilma Boyd of Preferred Travel of Naples to a personal “Secret Garden” designed by A. Gail Boorman & Associates, PA, and O’Donnell Landscapes. Visit for details on The Secret Garden and to preview the auction. For information on how you can support these efforts, contact the NCH Healthcare Foundation at (239) 436-4511.

NCH Hospital Ball Vice Chairs Renée Relf and Rainey Norins

2006 physician of the year nominees
Albert Alessi, D.O. Family Medicine James B. Boorstin, M.D. Psychiatry Gary P. Colon, M.D. Neurology Patrick M. Kane, M.D. Otolaryngology Daniel B. Kaplan, D.O. Family Practice Hermes O. Koop, M.D. Internal Medicine John F. Nolan, M.D. Anesthesia Carolyn M. Walters, M.D. Emergency Medicine


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Doctor brings new pediatric services to Naples
Like many physicians, James S. Manzanares, M.D., considers his work a labor of love. But what makes it even more satisfying is that he is bringing a needed service to the community—one that did not exist before he arrived this summer. Dr. Manzanares is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with sub-specialties in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Advanced Spine Reconstruction. “At the end of the day, I am a simple person,” he says with a smile. “I like making things straight.” His bright, easy manner belies the extensive training Dr. Manzanares has undergone. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic and a four-year Pediatric Orthopaedic fellowship at the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville. The latter experience convinced him to specialize in spinal injuries and deformities. “I got interested in orthopaedics because of my experience with athletics,” he explains. “I played football and competed in track. I broke my leg in high school and had to see an orthopaedic surgeon. I got to know him well, and he got me interested in this path.” “I thought I wanted to do sports medicine,” Dr. Manzanares continues, “but I worked with some amazing spine surgeons at Nemours—Dr. Eric Loveless and Dr. Jay Cummings. There was also Dr. John Mazur, one of my advisors. They are all outstanding surgeons, and they made you love what you were doing.” Dr. Manzanares was also completely taken with the idea of providing a medical service that has a lasting, positive impact on children. “What first drew me to working with children is that I like the idea of making a difference early on,” he explains. “That way, you are actually having an effect on the future.” Equally adept at providing orthopaedic services for adults, Dr. Manzanares completed a fellowship in Advanced Spine Reconstruction at Johns Hopkins University. At the time, he was on staff at Miami Children’s Hospital and had been asked to return. But because he and his wife felt Miami was not the best place to raise their children, they decided to investigate Naples instead. “We came to visit and loved it here,” he reports. “I decided to go independent and open my own practice—the Gulf Coast Spine & Orthopaedic Institute. There were no pediatric orthopaedic services in the county. People had to send their children to Fort Myers or Miami, which seemed a shame.” Impressed by the commitment of NCH administrators and staff, Dr. Manzanares is eager to work with them to provide the most comprehensive health care available. “I would like to develop an international caliber center for adult and pediatric spine surgery,” he says. “There are tremendous resources here. I think the sky is the limit.” Dr. Manzanares can be reached at (239) 514-2642.

“With three children of my own, I care for my patients as I would want my own children treated.” –James S. Manzanares, M.D.

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A unique children’s program serving special needs
When a child is diagnosed with a chronic or life-limiting disease, the news is heartbreaking for his or her parents. When those parents are also living below the poverty level, such a situation can seem hopeless. Fortunately, Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is here to help. “This program has been in Florida for more than 75 years,” says Erika Alessandri, CMS Nursing Director in Collier County. “Over the CMS works with NCH to years, it has evolved into a system to provide bring family-oriented care family-centered care to a child with specific to our children health needs. We deal with everything from chronic ear infections to brain tumors, from Duchene’s muscular dystrophy to terminal illnesses.” The Collier CMS office was established in 1985. Seeing the need for such a program, NCH administrators offered to staff and run the program, donating land on the NCH North Naples Hospital Campus for the CMS office. “It is a unique situation,” says George Barton, CMS Program Director. “There are 22 CMS offices around Florida. Twentyone are part of the Department of Health. Only one is a division of a non-profit hospital, and that one is here at NCH.” CMS coordinates care for the neediest children, following them from birth to age 21, if necessary. Most of the more than 1,500 children served are referred by their pediatricians, although schools, parents, and others can make referrals, too. Once a youngster has been evaluated, CMS arranges whatever care is needed, often networking with the medical schools at University of Florida, University of Miami, and University of South Florida. The ideal, however, is to arrange care within Collier County. “There is a big need to help our patients who have to leave the community because the services are not here,” Mr. Barton explains. “For example, we have no pediatric neurologist on staff.” Mrs. Alessandri adds, “These families do not necessarily have cars. To bring services to the community would be such an advantage. Some children’s conditions are such that going to Miami is exhausting, and the trip itself can cause more problems.” Recognizing this, NCH is working with CMS to expand services and attract needed staff. With a dedicated team effort, Collier’s most vulnerable patients will find all the care they need. If you would like to learn more about CMS or know a child in need, please visit or call (239) 513-7400.

NCH North Naples Patient Tower nears completion
October brings good news for those who live in the northern part of the community. The much anticipated Jay and Patty Baker Patient Tower at NCH North Naples Hospital will soon open its doors. Jay and Patty Baker Patient Tower at “We hope to have our NCH North Naples Hospital Certificate of Occupancy sometime in October,” says Gail Dolan, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NCH North Naples Hospital. “By the end of the summer, the majority of the windows were in place and we were starting to hang drywall. And we started having more frequent and multiple meetings to finalize details.”

Those final plans, Mrs. Dolan explains, were to determine how best to place all the medical equipment to ensure maximum efficiency. Becuase the new tower will be equipped with the most advanced technology, it is vital to have those systems strategically placed for easy access and operation. By the end of September, the fourth operating room was complete and the cath lab was available for diagnostic testing. “The operating room was definitely needed because of the increase in volume we have seen over the last few months,” Mrs. Dolan says. By January, all four patient floors in the tower will be accepting patients. At that time, renovation work will begin on the existing hospital. Next year will bring the completion of floors 5 and 6 in the tower. The following year, work will begin on the Healthy Aging Center.

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The power of giving
The NCH Healthcare Foundation is grateful for your generous contributions. There are a variety of ways to help the NCH Healthcare System maintain its regional excellence and build for the future of our community.

Income for Life with a gift Annuity

Estate and planned giving

Your planned giving carries on an important tradition of philanthropy, strengthening the legacy of NCH Healthcare System’s mission “to restore, promote, and maintain health in the people we serve.” A bequest in your will is the simplest method.

Matching gifts

Many corporations match your charitable donation, by which your gifts to NCH can be multiplied. Whether employed or retired, you may obtain the necessary form from your employer’s personnel office.

Tribute gifts

Gifts in memory of a family member or friend, in honor of a colleague or friend, or in celebration of a special occasion express what words alone cannot and provide important support. To learn more about giving options, please call the NCH Healthcare Foundation at (239) 436-4511. Note: Due to recent privacy statutes, some financial institutions are no longer able to provide the charity with the name of the donor for gifts of stock. Please let the Foundation know of stock gifts so that your contribution will be acknowledged in a timely manner.

John and Mary, ages 72 and 70, can receive 6.0% with a Charitable gift Annuity.
How would you benefit?
Extremely attractive interest rates. Lifetime income for yourself and another. Charitable income tax deduction. Knowledge that your gift will ultimately benefit others. Annual income is partially tax-free.

How does NCH benefit? Example

Future gift of the Annuity Remainder. John and Mary, ages 72 and 70, can receive a 6.0% return on their money ($6,000 per year on a $100,000 gift annuity). That same gift will result in a $37,930 initial tax deduction. Furthermore, $3,150 of the annual payment is considered tax-free income for 19 years.

(239) 436-4511
NCH Charitable Gift Annuities can be created in any amount from $20,000 or greater. For further information on Charitable Gift Annuities or other life income agreements, please contact the NCH Healthcare Foundation.

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A message from the executive director
Thank you! In September, NCH Healthcare Foundation successfully concluded its largest capital campaign by achieving the $35 million goal, thanks to the tremendous outpouring of support from the community. “For All of U s” appealed to private citizens, businesses, NCH Board members, physicians, volunteers, and employees to ensure great health care for the good life. Thanks to gifts large and small, our community will share the benefits of expanded services at NCH North Naples Hospital in the new Jay and Patty Baker Tower along with having Foundation Vice President the most advanced technology, such as CyberKnife® and the and Executive Director daVinci® Surgical Robot, right here close to home. NCH Sallie Williams Downtown Naples Hospital will provide more private rooms, and the soon-to-open Dr. John N. Briggs Wellness Center will offer comprehensive fitness services. We especially thank Fred Pezeshkan and Stephen Schwartz, who led the campaign, for their dedication and generosity; without their enthusiasm and energy, we would not have been successful. We look forward to welcoming all of you to visit these beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities at upcoming receptions and open houses. As you may know from the announcements in the newspapers and in this issue of Progressive Medicine, Edward Morton is retiring after serving NCH Healthcare System for the last 34 years. Ed has been my boss and mentor since hiring me in 1977, nearly 30 years ago. His compassion, determination, vision, and leadership have left an indelible mark on me, hundreds of others within the NCH organization, and our community. Ed has dedicated his career to improving health care in Southwest Florida by reaching out to diverse constituencies, attaining collaboration, and always preserving dignity and integrity in all of these relationships. His commitments to wellness, education, and people are a few of the hallmarks of Ed’s devoted service to NCH. Thank you, Ed, from All of U s. Most sincerely,

NCH Healthcare Foundation Committee
Terrance R. Flynn, Chairman William F. Allyn Harvey D. Cohen Thomas L. Cook, M.D. Andrew B. Craig Susan L. Dalton David L. Fenelon John D. Fumagalli Kay F. Gow Kim Ciccarelli Kantor George R. Kraus Stephen A. Kwedar, M.D. Robert Lanigan Nancy C. Lascheid Lois W. Lipnik Matthew Mathias Carol Ann May Malcolm S. McDonald Edward A. Morton Jane S. Ogden F. Fred Pezeshkan James Reid Duane Stranahan, Jr. Joseph P. Viviano Allen S. Weiss, M.D. Carl E. Westman, Esq. Sallie L. Williams, Executive Director

Planned giving Subcommittee Kim Ciccarelli Kantor Chairman
Steve Benson Ron Ciesla Judy Coleman David L. Fenelon William A. Klauber Robert D. W. Landon, II, Esq. Tucker Tyler Carl E. Westman, Esq. Edward E. Wollman, Esq.

(239) 436-5101

If you have ideas regarding topics for Progressive Medicine, please call the Foundation office at (239) 436-4511 or send an e-mail to
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Directors of Development Connie Dillon Melissa Felice John Smith


Learn more about your health at a free community health seminar
The NCH Healthcare System and Collier County Medical Society, in partnership with the Collier County Public Library System, are once again presenting free community health seminars. Reservations are required, as space is limited. To make reservations, please call the following: Headquarters Library (Orange Blossom Road) at (239) 593-0177; East Naples Library at (239) 775-5592; or Marco Island Library at (239) 394-3272. Skin Cancer & You: Presented by Caren Mikesh, M.D., Dermatology Learn about the types of skin cancer and available treatment options. October 18, 2–3 p.m. at East Naples Library; October 26, 2–3 p.m. at Marco Island Library; November 2, 2–3 p.m. at Headquarters (Orange Blossom) Library Depression in the Aging Process: Presented by Badalin Helvink, M.D., Psychiatry As we age, various stressors may cause depression or other behavioral conditions. Learn about the problems and treatment options available to you and your loved ones. November 8, 2–3 p.m. at East Naples Library; November 9, 2–3 p.m. at Headquarters (Orange Blossom) Library In November, NCH will also present a special evening lecture at the Telford Building. Reservations for this program can be made by calling (239) 436-6067. The lecture details follow. Is It Possible That You May Have Atrial Fibrillation?: Presented by Scot Schultz, M.D., Cardiovascular Surgeon More than 2 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation. Learn about AF, its symptoms, and the new, minimally invasive treatments to cure it. November 9, 5:30 p.m.—Light appetizers and beverages, 6–7 p.m.—Lecture NCH Telford Building

From California to Florida—From software to fundraising
The NCH Healthcare Foundation is pleased to introduce Dan Casagrande. Prior to joining the Foundation as an Ambassador for Donor Relations, Dan worked as a Customer Support Engineer for a software company in California. After the arrival of their first child, he and his wife decided to move to Naples to be closer to their families. At the same time, Dan decided to switch gears in his career, from technology to fundraising. “I knew it would be a big shift, but I was in search of a job that provided the opportunity to make a real difference in the community,” he said. “Working to secure the resources that help people lead healthier lives provides a true sense of accomplishment.” Dan is focused on building solid relationships with NCH donors, providing support and assistance whenever they interact with the NCH Healthcare System or its affiliates. Dan Casagrande He is also responsible for ensuring that the donors are recognized for their gifts by coordinating the Donor Recognition Program at the NCH Downtown Naples and North Naples Hospital Campuses. When visiting the von Arx Donor Recognition Gallery in either hospital, one sees an impressive visual of the community’s abundant generosity. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He traveled extensively as a participant in the “Semester at Sea” study abroad program. Dan is excited to join the Foundation team and looks forward to meeting those who help make NCH a world-class healthcare system. To reach Dan, please e-mail him at or call (239) 436-5377.

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Our most precious contributors
Keep your family legacy strong
It has been estimated that $40 trillion of family wealth will transfer within the next 10 years. The tragedy is that research shows that in 70% of these cases the wealth will be gone and the family shattered within two generations. To address this issue, the NCH Healthcare Foundation will host “Family Centered Legacy Planning” on Friday, November 3, 2006. This is the first in what will be an annual series of planned giving symposiums for supporters, professional advisors, and their clients.

Rose M. Briggs

William and Edith Cole

grace White

Margaret Wishart

The gift of time is our most precious commodity. We thank all of our volunteers for their services as well as for being goodwill ambassadors for NCH. We sincerely regret that some of our very special volunteers were inadvertently omitted from the summer issue of Progressive Medicine that honored our volunteers. Please know how much we appreciate the following volunteers who provided more than 300 hours of service in 2005: Rose M. Briggs Margarita Carballo Edith Cole William Cole George Diederich Rose Donnell Nancy Ericson Geraldine Harvatt Mary Laurencell Vincent Lawrence Vincent Simonetti Grace White Margaret Wishart

The 2006 event will feature Barbara Culver, C.F.P., C.L.U., C.h.F.C. Barbara is a nationally known speaker, consultant, and author who serves as Editor in Chief of the CCH Journal of Practical Estate Planning. Barbara will focus on several key elements of estate/ legacy planning that are important to professional advisors and their clients: • Articulating your family’s values and financial goals • Establishing a process for continuing your family’s legacy • Resolving conflict and celebrating your family’s successes


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