Cape Cod Healthcare has embarked on a $125 million fundraising initiative that seeks to “define the future of health services on Cape Cod for decades to come,” according to Michael K. Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC).
The campaign, “Quality. Trust. Partnership. The Campaign for Cape Cod Healthcare,” which actually began in 2016, was announced publicly this week. To date, The Campaign for Cape Cod Healthcare has received more than 30,000 donations of all sizes, totaling over $100 million.
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 Lauf in a video announcing the public phase of the campaign.
“Quality is the care we provide; it is our mission. 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.”
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 via a new tower to be constructed at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, the campaign will enhance the Intensive Care Unit at Falmouth Hospital, which will include a new and expanded ICU, as well as technological upgrades. A modern infectious disease suite at Cape Cod Hospital is planned for the near future.
In September 2021, CCHC received a $10 million gift in support of the tower project from the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust directors, Peter and Pamela Barbey of Hyannisport.
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.
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.