Cape Cod Healthcare Announces Tentative Agreement on New MNA Contract

(Hyannis, June 1, 2011) Following a 10-hour bargaining session today, Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Massachusetts Nurses Association representatives from Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital on contract terms.  This agreement reflects a shared commitment to safe, effective patient care and fair salaries and benefits for our nursing staff.

The contract, which still requires ratification by MNA members, offers our nurses wages and benefits that are among the best in the marketplace, as well as a continued commitment to staffing patterns that support the delivery of the highest quality of care.  At the same time, it is a prudent contract that balances the long-term financial needs of the health care system and considers the declining reimbursements we are likely to face going forward.  

During more than nine months of negotiations, CCHC’s management team made every effort to balance long-term financial considerations with a contract that met employee needs.   We have achieved that goal in a way that supports continued delivery of a full range of health care services to Cape Cod residents.

We share the MNA’s desire to address the issue of mandatory overtime and we have therefore agreed to cap mandatory overtime at 12 shifts per year; or three per quarter. Overall, our contract provides for both wage increases and continued strong benefits.

“We are proud of our ability to provide safe, high quality health care to our community and remain committed to attracting and retaining the most talented healthcare professionals in the Commonwealth,” said Michael Lauf, CCHC’s President and CEO. “We believe this process has resulted in improved communication and a shared commitment to providing the best patient care possible. We thank the MNA negotiating team for collaborating with us to reach this agreement, and for the wonderful care they have always provided to our patients.”

Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of health care services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,500 employees and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two-acute care hospitals, the largest home health services agency on the Cape (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at

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