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NCH receives $5.7 million gift for women and children to receive care closer to home

Posted at 10:29 PM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 22:29:29-04

NAPLES, Fla. — The Bill and Julia Van Domelen Foundation has awarded NCH Healthcare System a transformative gift of $5.7 million. This gift was offered to NCH specifically because of common initiatives between the Foundation and the NCH Healthcare System with the goal of keeping families closer to home by enhancing access to critical and specialized care for all women and children.

“We wanted to choose a healthcare partner who is committed to providing quality care to everyone in Collier County including underserved families,” said Julia Van Domelen, Director of the Bill and Julia Van Domelen Foundation. “NCH’s commitment to making specialized care available right here at home so families can remain together during a complicated health issue, is precisely why we choose them to be the recipient of this gift.”

The funds provided from this gift will support the recruitment and hiring of high-priority staff positions to enhance patient care. NCH will have the opportunity to train operating room (OR) teams, emergency department (ED) healthcare workers, and inpatient staff to care for patients with a level of confidence that is obtained through simulation training.

The funds will also help raise the quality of care for NCH’s tiniest patients by elevating its r current neonatal program to a level III NICU. These resources will also be used for expanding the fetal-maternal medicine program and provide care that will aid soon-to-be-mothers with high-risk pregnancies. Further expansion of pediatric surgery and anesthesiology is also part of the plan, as well as growth in pediatric imaging.

Additionally, a portion of the gift will help Pediatric ED patients by creating more comfortable environments for children and teens with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges.

“The generous support of community philanthropists ensures our families have access to the care they deserve,” said Kristin Mascotti, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the NCH Healthcare System. “We are so grateful to the Bill and Julia Van Domelen Foundation for making this enhancement of maternal and pediatric care possible.”