NCH Heart Institute: Award-Winning Cardiac Care

Many patients turn to a trusted online resource, Healthgrades™, before selecting medical professionals and facilities.

Healthgrades not only provides meaningful information that connects caregivers with patients, it also provides insights into the better-performing hospitals, medical facilities and professionals, which in turn leads practitioners and facilities to strive toward excellent outcomes.

NCH Heart Institute (NHI) consistently ranks high in Healthgrades for providing excellent cardiac care.

NHI was named:

One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for six years in a row (2016-2021) – According to Healthgrades, this award is “based solely on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures with superior clinical outcomes in heart bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, heart attack treatment, heart failure treatment, and heart valve surgery” for hospitals consistently delivering “exceptional, comprehensive quality care.”

In 2018, patients treated in hospitals earning this award had a 28.1% lower risk of dying. Patients treated in hospitals that did not receive the award were 1.39 times more likely to experience complications.

“Naples residents should feel special that NHI provides top quality, comprehensive, general cardiology care, as well as care for acute infarction, acute stroke, and heart failure,” says NCH Cardiologist David R. Axline, M.D., F.A.C.C. “Our patients are satisfied, we have good outcomes and data to support our standard of care, and we continue to strive to live up to that everyday. We continue to provide access to safe, quality care through COVID-19, while not restricting care, since most cardiology problems can’t wait.”

NCH Cardiologist Michael S. Flynn, M.D., F.A.C.C.,F.S.C.A.I., agrees that NCH has provided ample resources to ensure the ongoing, continued success of the cardiac program.

“Not only in the last 25 years, but also through the pandemic, the hospital leadership has really helped in terms of all levels of pulmonary, critical care, and infectious disease,” he said. “As far as care to the community, our cardiology division sees patients from every insurance profile, including indigent care and follow-up, as well as a lot of emergency care. In terms of patient satisfaction, I’d have to say my scores, as well as NCH Heart Institute’s scores, are very high.”

Both Drs. Axline and Flynn agree that word of mouth is their most significant referral – a testament to the exceptional cardiac care provided by NCH.

“You take care of a patient with a life-threatening illness, and they pull through; they are probably your greatest advocate,” said Dr. Flynn.

NCH comprehensive cardiac services include:

  • Clinical and Interventional Cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – Open Heart Surgery Program (the first in Collier County)
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Structural Heart Program (TAVR & WATCHMAN™)
  • Code Save-A-Heart Program
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation (in/outpatient)

For more information about NCH Heart Institute, call (239) 624-4200.:

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