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Gulfshore Life

March 2015


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February 5, 2015

Dear Friend and Colleagues,

One important reason NCH has continued to thrive—even as the healthcare environment has become more precarious—is the support we get from the fourteen community leaders who compose the NCH Board of Trustees.

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Read The Full Article- New York Times By Gina Kolata Nov. 17, 2014

For the first time since statins have been regularly used, a large study has found that another type of cholesterol-lowering drug can protect people from heart attacks and strokes.

The finding can help millions at high risk of heart attacks who cannot tolerate statins or do not respond to them sufficiently. And it helps clarify the role of LDL cholesterol, the dangerous form. Some had argued that statins reduced heart attack risk not just by lowering LDL levels but also by reducing inflammation. The new study indicates that the crucial factor is LDL, and the lower the levels, the better.

The six-year study, reported Monday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, involved 18,000 people who had had heart attacks or episodes of chest pain so severe they went to a hospital. They were randomly assigned to take a statin or a combination of a statin and the alternative drug to further reduce LDL levels.

Both groups ended up with very low LDL levels — those taking the statin, simvastatin, had an average LDL of 69, and those taking simvastatin and the other drug, ezetimibe, or Zetia, in a combination pill sold as Vytorin, had an average LDL of 54. No clinical trial had ever asked what happened when LDL levels get below 70 because, said Dr. Robert Califf, a Duke cardiologist and the study chairman, "many people were nervous about going this low and imagined a lot of possible toxicities."


NAPLES, Fla. and NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2014) - NCH Healthcare System, Blue Zones, LLC, and Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced the launch of the Blue Zones Project®, a major initiative to improve the well-being and longevity of residents of Collier and South Lee Counties in Southwest Florida. The Blue Zones Project brings together citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders to improve the living environment so healthy choices are natural and often unavoidable. NCH is bringing the Blue Zones Project to Southwest Florida in support of its 10-year vision to make the region an even healthier, happier and more vibrant place to live.

The Blues Zones Project Naples Video"As a leading steward of our region's healthcare, NCH has a special responsibility to focus on population health and disease prevention," said Allen Weiss, M.D., president and chief executive officer of NCH Healthcare System. "Our intent is to collaborate with other Collier and South Lee County organizations, large and small, to begin this rigorous and worthwhile journey toward becoming a Blue Zone — an area in which residents live longer, happier, healthier lives."

The Blue Zones Project was born out of National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner's examination of communities across the globe where people were happily living the longest. Buettner uncovered nine evidence-based common denominators among these "Blue Zones," such as moving naturally and having a sense of purpose. Buettner partnered with Healthways in 2009 to bring the Blue Zones Project to the United States and help communities accelerate transformation through a comprehensive set of solutions designed to improve overall well-being. These solutions have measurably lowered healthcare costs, increased productivity, and improved the quality of life for residents in those communities.


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