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Published on August 14, 2017

Caring for the people who care for Cape Cod

When it comes to healthcare, Joan Felahi of Harwich is not one to travel far from home.

“I don’t have to worry, I know I am in good hands at Cape Cod Hospital. I appreciate everything they have done for us and the care they have given us ─ from physicians and specialists to the hospital staff,” she said.

Gratitude is what drives philanthropy and, at Cape Cod Healthcare, philanthropy drives progress. When grateful patients like Felahi turn into donors, everyone benefits from new programs, facilities and projects that contribute to health and well-being on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Mike Lauf calls philanthropy the “differentiator” on Cape Cod. “It can help us achieve our goal of making Cape Cod Healthcare exceptional.”

As a community-owned and operated nonprofit organization, Cape Cod Healthcare has its own foundation to manage all fundraising programs. Each year, the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation raises between $10 million and $15 million. The majority of gifts, about 90 percent, come from individuals and families who give under $1,000.

It all adds up. During the past 10 years, philanthropy has contributed $152 million in fundraising revenue. Last year, donations totaled $14.5 million.

Kevin Ralph, senior vice president and chief development officer for the Foundation, cites several accomplishments that would not have been possible without donor support: two new emergency centers, four urgent care centers, the latest cancer screening technology, innovative cardiovascular procedures, as well as the ability to recruit accomplished physicians to the area.

To spread its message, the Foundation launched an awareness campaign over the summer to thank Cape Codders for their generosity and emphasize the impact of their giving. The campaign’s tagline is “Caring for the people who care for Cape Cod.”

“Communicating our message couldn’t be more timely,” said Ralph. “Philanthropy has become more important than ever to ensure Cape Codders can access high-quality healthcare.”

According to Cape Cod Healthcare’s recent Community Needs Assessment report, maintaining the health and wellness of elders is of particular interest in our region with more than 40 percent of households having one or more residents over the age of 65 compared to 26 percent of households in Massachusetts overall.

“Whether you are young or old, a seasonal or year-round resident, together we can make Cape Cod stronger,” said Ralph. “Each gift we receive ─ from the smallest donation to the largest commitment ─ will improve the quality and access to essential healthcare for everyone on Cape Cod.”