People in Southwest Florida are coming together to support NCH.

The 64th annual Hospital Ball was held Saturday night, with WINK Chief Meteorologist Matt DeWitt and morning anchor Lindsay Sablan serving as hosts for the big event.

Behind all the fun is a great cause to raise money for NCH programs and world-class medical care in Naples.

Chief Operating Officer John Kling told WINK News that the theme is not accidental.

“The body is in motion, the joints, the movements,” Kling said.

His goal is to raise money for orthopedic care.

“We plan to raise at least $60,000,000 in construction financing,” Kling said.

Brand new modern facility.

“Getting world-class doctors here, surgeons, for those very serious cases where people have to go out of town to keep our patients here and in Southwest Florida, rather than having to travel for medical care,” Kling said.

All this so that everyone can have a success story like Becky Falk’s.

Oh my god, it’s a miracle every day I get up. I mean, it’s like a break here in Naples, Florida,” Falk said.

Two knee replacements later, and the avid pickleball player is back on the court. She told WINK News she would never have recovered if it wasn’t for NCH.

“I don’t have any pain anymore. And I, I feel like I’m the poster child for knee replacements,” Falk said.

Her advice is to never stop moving.

“If we don’t use our body, it won’t atrophy and won’t work for us. So I’m all for getting out there and doing what you can do. And Pickleball is great because the grandkids can play with the grandparents and it’s accessible to everyone,” Falk said.

It is planned to build a new orthopedic center for about two years. It will be part of the NCH North Naples Hospital campus.

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