Boomers Choosing Real Estate Based on Proximity to Hospitals

January 23, 2023


One of the reasons Naples remains one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets? Naples’ very own NCH Healthcare System has recently received Healthgrades’ “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” award. This extraordinary accomplishment places NCH in the top 2% of hospitals nationwide. This prestigious award is given for superior clinical care and patient outcomes. In fact, NCH’s patients receive better outcomes than 98% of nearly 4,500 other U.S. hospitals that were part of Healthgrades’ analysis.

Location, Location, Location

On average, patients treated in one of these top 100 hospitals had a 25.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award. This means your proximity to NCH could dramatically improve your odds of recovering and getting better quickly.

It is also important to note that response time — often referred to as the “Golden Hour” — is a critical factor in effective emergency response when a life can be lost or saved within a matter of seconds. According to a recent article on the Health Emergency Initiative website, “A long response time can result in increased and permanent damage, a higher likelihood of fatalities, and greater distress to those involved. Therefore, response time is often used as a yardstick for the effectiveness of an emergency response. Coordinated efforts, speed and accuracy are needed to make emergency response effective."

Naples’ Best Doctors

“Proximity to NCH’s hospitals is one of the key reasons that people choose one of our three Naples communities,” notes Tom Mann, Vice President of Moorings Park Communities. “In addition to having Southwest Florida’s best healthcare, each of our locations has the added benefit of being just minutes away from NCH. And on top of that, each of Moorings Park Communities’ concierge physicians is affiliated with NCH. This means that in the event of an emergency, our concierge healthcare team follows you into the hospital to help coordinate your care.

“NCH receiving Healthgrades’ ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ award is an indicator of the type of top talent that Paul Hiltz, President & CEO of the NCH Healthcare System, has been able to bring to our area,” Mann continues. “Add Moorings Park Communities’ ability to attract the top concierge physicians and you begin to see why so many boomers and seniors are drawn to our communities.”

Proactive Wellness Versus Reactive Healthcare

Moorings Park Communities has a long and notable history for its exceptional personalized healthcare program serving a clientele that is accustomed to the finer things in life. The company’s tagline, “Simply the Best” is a brand promise that over 1,000 staff members bring to life each and every day.

But what really sets this not-for-profit organization apart from other retirement communities in the area is its integrated holistic approach to wellness. Trained healthcare providers practice proactive wellness rather than reactive healthcare.

“In your house and most communities, you stay home, you get sick, and you go to the doctor,” says Dr. John Little, a retired neurosurgeon, former Moorings Park board member, and now resident of Moorings Park Grande Lake. “Our approach is to identify health problems early and head them off before they become real problems. We operate on a wellness model, not an illness model.”

This integrated approach to healthcare is designed to enhance the mind, body and spirit of Moorings Park Communities residents.

Dr. Little and his wife Veora, who have lived in Naples for decades, are typical of the type of educated consumer that moves into a Moorings Park Community. They understand the importance of having a robust wellness and healthcare plan included in their contract, unlike what fee-for-service communities are offering.

Mann notes, “There are some very important nuances to our business model that astute individuals immediately grasp the value of. Having a concierge physician included in your monthly service package is an important one.”

Dr. Little points out, “I’ve had the benefit of being involved with Moorings Park for 15 years and during that time I’ve learned a lot about the aging process, health, wellness and housing. My conclusion is the ideal way to age is in a Life Plan Community, like the communities Moorings Park has created.”

The UN-Retirement Communities

“Our goal is to change how the world ages … to create the proverbial Fountain of Youth. Everything we do challenges the status quo on aging. We believe in doing things differently,” adds Dan Lavender, CEO and President of Moorings Park Communities.

Moorings Park Communities’ unique approach to successful aging includes fitness centers, concierge physicians, and outpatient therapy, all illustrative of the community’s commitment to wellness. In addition, residents enjoy social and cultural events like exquisite performances by world-class musicians and fascinating presentations on current events.

It’s little wonder that all three Moorings Park Communities have recently earned Beacon Awards from the International Council on Active Aging and NuStep. These awards, designed to recognize retirement communities offering the best in wellness to their residents, highlight the three campuses as among the top 25 wellness-based communities in North America.

Exploring The Region’s Best Retirement

“People who want to learn more about the outstanding Moorings Park lifestyle will want to attend an informative presentation I’m giving at Moorings Park on Thursday, February 2nd at 2:00 p.m.,” says Mann. “This is at our original campus, but I’ll be discussing life at all three campuses, and will happily answer your questions about any of them.”

Interested seniors may also want to learn more by enjoying a webinar on Friday, February 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

To register for either of these educational events, please visit, or call 239-232-3903.

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