HSS Hospital for Special Surgery Groundbreaking – New Orthopedics Center

Paul Hiltz, President/CEO, FACHE

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)and NCH recently broke ground on the Patty & Jay Baker Pavilion. Located on the campus of the NCH North Naples Hospital, the center promises to bring unparalleled orthopedic care to Naples and Southwest Florida.

The ceremony marked the beginning of construction that will result in a state of-the-art facility on the NCH North Naples Hospital campus that is more than 80,000 square feet in size. The center will offer outpatient and inpatient orthopedic services, including an ambulatory surgery center and imaging and rehabilitation services that will be jointly owned and operated with HSS. With the goal of funding this project primarily through private philanthropy, the new facility is expected to open to patients in early 2025.

Founded in 1863 and headquartered in New York City, HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center specializing in musculoskeletal health. HSS has been recognized as a top ranked hospital for both orthopedics and rheumatology for 31 consecutive years, ranking no. 1 in orthopedics worldwide for the past four years by Newsweek and nationwide since 2010 by US News & World Report. Performing over 35,000 orthopedic surgical procedures annually, they consistently maintain the lowest complication and readmission rates for orthopedics in the nation. This past summer, HSS and NCH proudly announced the appointment of David L. Helfet, MD, renowned HSS orthopedic trauma surgeon, as Executive Medical Director of HSS at NCH. While Dr. Helfet’s focus on orthopedic trauma has earned international acclaim, he also specializes in hip conditions and is part of the Hip Preservation Service at HSS. He is consistently ranked as one of New York magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” and Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors. “Under Dr. Helfet’s leadership, HSS at NCH will bring expert orthopedic surgeons to the area to perform a wide range of state of-the-art orthopedic procedures.

Thousands of Florida residents are among the patients from more than 100 countries and all 50 states who have visited New York City for treatment at the HSS main campus. With the groundbreaking of the HSS at NCH center, these partners are one step closer to realizing their vision of providing leading-edge orthopedic care to the community without necessitating travel outside of Southwest Florida.

Paul Hiltz, NCH President & CEO; Dr. Sheeraz Quereshi, Co-Chief of HSS Spine and an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS and the Patty and Jay Baker Chair in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Patty and Jay Baker, long-time NCH donor and NCH Board Trustee; Bryan Kelly, MD, MBA, HSS President and CEO.

This groundmaking marks an important milestone in our quest to bring world-class orthopedic care to our community as NCH continues its journey to become an Advanced Community Healthcare System™. We are thrilled to be collaborating with HSS – the world leader in orthopedics – to make this high level of care available to our patients.

All donations to support orthopedic services at NCH a rematched by the $20 million grant pledged by the Bakers.

For more information on how you can support HSS at NCH andbe part of this historic partnership, please contact the NCH Center for Philanthropy at 239-624-2000.


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