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Published on May 01, 2015

CCHC Receives $5 million Gift for Cape Cod Hospital ER

Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce a $5 million anonymous gift to support the new Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Center. The generous gift is one of the five largest charitable contributions ever made to Cape Cod Healthcare.

The gift, which is the single largest contribution to Cape Cod Healthcare’s Emergency Centers Campaign, directly supports the major $22 million expansion of Cape Cod Hospital's emergency department. Under construction for the last 18 months, the new 72-bed, EC is 25,000 square feet larger than the current facility (totaling 54,000 square feet), with 52 new private treatment rooms.

“We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift and the inspiration it provides for others to support this project and the Cape Cod Healthcare mission,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “This is an incredible gift to our community, along with our many other generous donations, will allow our physicians and clinicians to provide the highest quality of patient care in a state-of-the-art facility.”

Charitable contributions to Cape Cod Hospital’s new Emergency Center have exceeded $16 million, according to Kevin Ralph, Chief Development Officer for Cape Cod Healthcare. Additional leadership support for this project has come from the Boston-based Yawkey Foundations, which provided a $3 million grant ($1.5 million to the Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Center and $1.5 million to the Yawkey Emergency Center at Falmouth Hospital); $2 million grant from the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation ($1 million to the Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Center and $1 million to the Yawkey Emergency Center at Falmouth Hospital); $1 million gift from Candice Wroe and Tom Wroe; and a $1 million gift from the Schaeffer Family.
“We are grateful that our vision for advancing emergency care on Cape Cod has resonated so strongly in our community,” said Mr. Lauf. “This new facility addresses the physical limitations of our current emergency center for the direct benefit of patients and this community.”

The $5 million anonymous gift joins several other leadership gifts awarded to CCHC in recent years. In 2002, David Mugar contributed the first of two $5 million gifts to support Cape Cod Hospital’s 120-bed inpatient unit. His second $5 million contribution to the Mugar Building was received in 2006 for a total of $10 million.

In 2007, Maureen Wilkens and her late husband Frank contributed $5 million for the development of the Wilkens Outpatient Medical Complex located at 35 Wilkens Lane in Hyannis.

In 2008, Ruth and James Clark gave the largest single gift ever received by CCHC when they donated $10 million to build the Clark Cancer Center at Falmouth Hospital.

Cape Cod Healthcare will host a Community Open House at the new Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Center on Saturday, May 2, from 12 to 4 p.m. Visitors are asked to follow event parking signs located on Lewis Bay Road and Bayview Street to designated areas on the hospital’s campus.

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