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FY 2015 Community Benefits Key Accomplishments

Cape Cod Healthcare utilized the 2014-2016 Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan to prioritize and guide all health improvement activities. Existing hospital programs and clinical service lines have been strengthened, collaborations with community based health and human service organizations expanded and new initiatives launched to address the regional health priorities of chronic and infectious disease, access to care, mental health and substance use disorders.

In FY2015, Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital received recognition for clinical excellence and achievement related to access to care and chronic disease:

  • Cape Cod Hospital was named one of the 100 Great Community Hospitals in the US by Becker’s Hospital Review
  • Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital were named 2015 iVantage HealthStrong Top Hospitals 
  • Cape Cod Hospital received the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence 
  • Cape Cod Hospital received the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Women’s Health Excellence Award
  • Cape Cod Hospital was named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention 
  • Cape Cod Hospital was recognized as one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Prostate Surgery 
  • Falmouth Hospital earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Clinical care achievements were matched by innovative community-based programs focused on prevention and management of chronic and infectious diseases. In partnership with the US National Park Service and the Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod Healthcare launched Healthy Parks, Healthy People, a walking program to promote health and wellness for year-round and seasonal residents, as well as visitors to the Cape. Two local community health centers, the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and Outer Cape Health Services, received community benefits funding to expand their complex care management programs focused on improving care for high-risk residents with chronic diseases.

The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod was able to continue a mobile Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS testing program in the community with community benefits support. The Cape Cod Hunger Network utilized a community benefits grant to launch a new program for pantry clients to help monitor diabetes and heart disease and encourage nutritional improvement through education and distribution of fresh food and vegetables. The program will be expanded from one food pantry site in 2015 to four pantry sites and a mobile food program in 2016.

Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital provided in-home visits by pharmacists and care managers in an effort to support residents managing chronic disease and educate their caregivers. Caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease were provided free counseling and access to 10 new community-based support groups across Cape Cod, developed through a community benefits grant.

Clinical staff from both Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital facilitated activities in the community ranging from cancer and bereavement support groups to breastfeeding and fatherhood classes. Community outreach and education activities such as health fairs, educational workshops by physicians and the launch of Cape Cod Health News, a new health information news hub, provided critical information from health experts about disease prevention, detection and management to local residents. Individuals and families seeking help navigating state and federal insurance plan options and enrollment/re-enrollment were provided financial assistance and counseling in both hospitals and in community settings.

A community benefits grant ensured that uninsured and under-insured residents were provided free or low-cost access to a network of specialists in the region for a variety of services including cardiology, general surgery, optometry, urology and orthopedics. Free interpreter services were provided to residents needing language assistance in community-based physician offices and the hospitals provided online and telephone-based assistance to residents searching for available primary care and specialty providers.

Cape Cod Healthcare’s Centers for Behavioral Health expanded services to the Lower Cape region, increased provider recruitment efforts and piloted a new model of care in emergency room settings to serve residents with mental illness. Growth of the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & the Islands was supported through community benefits funding and leadership resulting in stronger collaboration between behavioral health providers and law enforcement agencies. Several community benefits grants were made to expand mental health services in the community, including a mental consultation program in Head Start classrooms, psychiatric and counseling services within a community health center, and specialized counseling for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Cape Cod Healthcare led a group of local philanthropic organizations in the establishment of the Cape Cod Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Initiative. This initiative increases primary prevention programs for youth, and community benefits staff provided leadership to substance abuse efforts taking place across the region. Grants were provided to expand life skills trainings in schools, after-school programs for high-risk youth and town-based coalition efforts. Over 120 clinical professionals participated in safe opioid prescribing trainings through a partnership with Boston University School of Medicine and Cape Cod Healthcare was selected by the MA Department of Public Health to develop an integrated model of behavioral health and specialty care through the Moms Do Care grant project.

In addition to hospital-based programs and grant funded community-based projects, community benefits and hospital staff continued to play leadership roles in health and human service organizations and coalitions across Barnstable County including Cape Cod Community Health Area Network (CHNA 27) Steering Committee, Barnstable County Human Services Advisory Council, Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council, Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & the Islands and the Substance Abuse in Pregnancy Task Force.

CCHC Community Benefits continues to:

I. Invest in initiatives, clinical programming, and community education and outreach aimed at the management and prevention of chronic and infectious disease.

II. Support regional health efforts through direct grant funding and a competitive RFP grants program open to all community organizations with programs aligned with Community Benefits priorities.

III. Improve access to primary and specialty care for Cape Cod’s underserved and vulnerable populations through partnerships and support of community health centers, interpreter services, physician recruitment and health care enrollment efforts.

IV. Promote education, coordination, and navigation of services targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues.

V. Engage in collaborative efforts to support community-based substance abuse prevention and education efforts.

VI. Support innovative and preventative health initiatives for the community with a specific focus on youth and seniors.

VII. Engage physicians, nurses and clinical staff throughout CCHC to inform and advise Community Benefits planning and program development.

VIII. Maintain and develop community leadership opportunities to improve the health status of the residents of Barnstable County including participation with the Community Health Area Network (CHNA 27) Steering Committee, the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & the Islands, the Barnstable County Human Services Advisory Council, and the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council.