Chatham residents David and Gail Oppenheim have donated $250,000 to Cape Cod Healthcare to help kick off the organization’s major 2018 fundraising campaign, “Advancing Care. Inspiring Hope.”
The gift will be divided among three CCHC entities, with one-half going toward enhancing primary care at the Oppenheim Medical Building in West Chatham, one-quarter going toward more improvements in primary care, urgent care and specialty services at Fontaine Outpatient Center in Harwich, and one-quarter going to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod.
“This (gift) really is because we think so much of Cape Cod Healthcare,” David Oppenheim said. “They have consistently strived to meet their commitment to provide top quality medical services to the Cape Cod community.”
The Oppenheims, who own the Wayside Inn and Chatham Yacht Basin, have long been champions of quality healthcare on the Lower Cape. Their support of CCHC began in 2003, when they joined the late Ray Fontaine of Harwich in giving a significant gift to Cape Cod Healthcare in support of the renovation and expansion of the former Harwich Medical Center. The Center was subsequently renamed as Fontaine Medical Center, and later Fontaine Outpatient Center.
Cape Cod Healthcare would not have been able to accomplish all that it has over the last seven or eight years without the family’s support, said CCHC President and CEO Michael K. Lauf.
“David and Gail have been major supporters of CCHC, and the Lower Cape in general, for a long time. They truly care about helping others in their community and are once again leading the charge to help improve three significant areas of healthcare on the Lower Cape and beyond,” he said. “We are extremely proud of our relationship with the Oppenheims and are gratified that their support will ensure that these important services remain on the Lower Cape.”
In 2014, the Oppenheims provided major financial support for CCHC’s new medical building on Route 28 in West Chatham. The building brought critical access to primary care and physical therapy services to that area. Established in the long-vacant High Tide restaurant, the Oppenheims worked with CCHC to create a much-needed medical facility in the area, and they donated the building to CCHC to ensure its permanent placement in the community.
Earlier this year, a second primary care office was established in the Oppenheim Medical Building, with a third office planned for later this year.
In his challenge to the community to join him in his support of the new CCHC campaign, Oppenheim said he is appealing to individuals and businesses, alike.
“Good access to quality healthcare means lower costs and healthier employees,” he said. “It’s an investment in not just your community but your business as well.”
To join the Oppenheims in their challenge to contribute to the “Advancing Care. Inspiring Hope.” campaign, please visit www.capecodhealth.org/give-to-cchc/.
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (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. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news.
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