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Published on January 11, 2022

A fundraising campaign for the future of healthcare on Cape Cod

Quality Trust Partnership

Cape Cod Healthcare has launched the public portion of its Quality. Trust. Partnership. campaign - The Campaign for Cape Cod Healthcare. The campaign is a $125 million fundraising initiative that the healthcare organization says will redefine the future delivery of health services on Cape Cod for decades to come.

The quiet phase of this transformative campaign began in 2016 and was public for the first time this month. The campaign seeks to raise funds for people and science, the enhancement of services and the funding of capital projects. The goal is to build a healthcare network that continues to meet the challenges of today, while making key investments in CCHC’s future model of care. 

“Our campaign is about investing in the future, so people know their healthcare needs will continue to be met,” said CCHC President and CEO Michael Lauf.

“Quality is the care we provide; it is our mission,” he explained. “Trust is about ensuring that we make the right decisions for our patients and community, and trusting that our care in the emergency room, in our medical and surgical settings, and other areas are second to none. And then, partnership is making sure we meet the needs of our community while also having the foresight to partner with other organizations to ensure our care is coordinated and integrated.”

To date, The Campaign for Cape Cod Healthcare has received more than 30,000 donations of all sizes, totaling over $100 million.

The campaign supports a new tower planned at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis that will redefine cancer and cardiac care on the Cape. The first two floors of the tower will house the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center, with the first floor offering the most advanced radiation oncology treatments and the second floor providing 36 private, spacious infusion bays and medical oncology exam rooms. The third floor will include a unit dedicated to cardiac care for patients dealing with heart-related conditions, as well as those recovering from interventional and surgical procedures in 32 private patient rooms.

In September 2021, CCHC received an historic $10 million gift in support of the tower project from the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust directors, Peter and Pamela Barbey of Hyannisport.

The Importance of Philanthropy

Modern facilities are needed in order to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry and to support strong clinical programs. The campaign will prioritize building new or renovating current facilities at both Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. In addition to strengthening cardiac and cancer services, the campaign will enhance the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Falmouth Hospital, which will include a new and expanded ICU, as well as technological upgrades. 

Philanthropic support from the community has been an essential part of creating a high-quality healthcare system on Cape Cod. This generous support recently enabled CCHC to develop a new Centers for Behavioral Health to expand and enhance inpatient and outpatient mental health services, and is facilitating the addition and modernization of surgical suites at both hospitals. A modern infectious disease suite at Cape Cod Hospital is planned for the near future.

The campaign is also investing in a total renovation of CCHC’s 132-bed JML Care Center, a skilled nursing facility for short-term rehabilitation, long-term and palliative care, with a gift from the Ruth Lilly Foundation and the Lilly family of Falmouth.

CCHC has also continued to open primary and urgent care facilities in the region. The McGraw Medical Complex in Osterville opened in 2021, and a similar facility in Orleans will open later this year.

“To keep Cape Cod Healthcare’s promise to our community, we need to keep investing in our facilities, our caregivers and the programs we provide, so that our community can get more of their care right here, when they want it and where they want it,” noted Bruce Johnston, chair of the CCHC Board of Trustees.

To date, generous donations to CCHC have created:

  • Reilly Family Oncology Research Center to provide life-saving clinical trials to Cape residents close to home;
  • Stoneman Heart and Vascular Institute, one of CCHC’s exceptional centers of excellence, which enhances medical, electrophysiology, imaging, interventional, and surgical care;
  • Trachsel Neuroscience Institute and Memory Center to expand neurological care ranging from stroke care, Alzheimer’s and dementia, movement disorders and brain injuries;
  • Innovative Women’s Health Services with expanded options for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and surgery;
  • Comprehensive home health and hospice services through the VNA of Cape Cod and the newly renovated McCarthy Care Center.

Another top priority of the campaign is physician recruitment and retention. As studies project a significant shortfall of primary care and specialty doctors over the next decade, CCHC will establish an endowed fund to strengthen recruiting efforts to attract physicians and specialists to Cape Cod. In addition, CCHC is committed to enhancing its partnership with Cape Cod Community College and others to expand nursing and other clinical disciplines, in order to attract and retain essential staff.

“Over the last 10 or 15 years, Cape Cod Healthcare has advanced to become one of the leading community healthcare systems in the entire country,” said Johnston. “We want to continue that quality of care, improve upon it and expand the services we offer to the community – this is what the campaign is all about. We’ve got to look forward and identify what it’s going to take to stay a premier healthcare system for the next couple of decades.”

Cape Cod Healthcare is a non-profit, independent, community-owned healthcare system and therefore relies on the generosity of the community it serves.

“Our philanthropic community takes care of this healthcare organization,” Lauf commented. “When you invest in us, you are investing in our community. With this incredible philanthropic support, donors are helping people they will never meet, whose lives they will save. I want to thank the community for caring for others in such a profound way. That support has allowed us to continue to grow and evolve, even during a pandemic, and we are sincerely grateful.”