January 10, 2023 –   On Monday, January 9th, the NCH Healthcare System celebrated the renovation and grand re-opening of the Marco Rehabilitation Center located at 40 S. Heathwood Dr. on Marco Island made possible by contributions from Barbara and Steve Slaggie.  As they were being thanked for their generosity, Mr. & Mrs. Slaggie made another exciting, surprise announcement of their intention to inspire others to support the new Marco Urgent Care Center building with a $5 million dollar match grant.

Originally from Minnesota, the Slaggies have been supporters of NCH for some time after becoming residents of the island.  Both Barbara and Steve are firm believers in giving back to the communities in which they live.

Throughout the years, the couple have supported many philanthropic efforts in the education, and humanitarian sector.  Healthcare is another area of focus where the Slaggies feel their donated dollars will make a tremendous impact for people of all demographics.

“We have been blessed to be in a position to be able to give back to our communities,” said Barbara Slaggie.  “Not only do we hope this $5 million match gift will go a long way in making exceptional, leading-edge healthcare available for the residents of Marco, but we also hope it will inspire others to give as well.”

“I cannot express my appreciation enough for the Slaggies’ generosity and the momentum it will create in expanding the care NCH will be able to offer residents of Marco Island,” said Paul Hiltz, President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System.  “NCH is in a period of transformational change to become an Advanced Community Healthcare SystemTM and this amazing gift will help to assure that the high level of care that comes with that designation, will be available to Marco and the surrounding communities for generations to come.”

The new, two-story, 24,000 sf Marco Urgent Care Center is slated to begin construction this summer with the existing clinic remaining open until completion of the new site in 2024.


About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Baker Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 713 beds. NCH is an alliance of 775 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida that offers nationally recognized, quality health care to our community. Our mission is to help everyone live a longer, happier, healthier life.  For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.