CCH and FH Nurses Ratify Contract

(Hyannis, June 22, 2011) Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association at Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital this week voted to ratify a new three-year contract.

The contract reflects a shared commitment to safe, effective patient care and fair salaries and benefits for our nursing staff. The contract provides nurses with wages and benefits that are among the best in the market, as well as 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 hospitals and considers the declining reimbursements CCHC is likely to face going forward.

CCHC shares the MNA’s desire to address the issue of mandatory overtime and therefore the contract includes an agreement to cap mandatory overtime at 12 shifts per year, or three per quarter.

“We are proud of our ability to provide safe, high quality health care to our community,” said CCHC President and CEO Mike Lauf. “We thank the MNA negotiating team for collaborating with us to reach this agreement. We believe this experience with our nurses resulted in improved communication and a shared commitment to providing the best patient care possible, now and going forward.”

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Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are partners within Cape Cod Healthcare, a comprehensive, regional health care system. 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 www.capecodhealth.org

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