HYANNIS, Mass.--(HopeHealth. The HopeHealth name reinforces the non-profit’s mission of enhancing the quality of life for people experiencing serious illness and loss, while also reflecting an expansion of services and footprint across six Eastern Massachusetts counties.)--Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, the organization that has provided hope to thousands of patients and families for more than three decades, today unveiled its new name –
“We are excited about launching HopeHealth, a name that is authentic to our history and mission, while also reflecting our growth and evolution”
“We are excited about launching HopeHealth, a name that is authentic to our history and mission, while also reflecting our growth and evolution,” said David Rehm, HopeHealth president & CEO. “As HopeHealth, patients and families can rest assured that our trusted care and support remains consistent with what they’ve come to expect for more than 30 years. This legacy of care continues as we provide hope for patient-defined quality of life to more people than ever before.”
Two years ago, the organization expanded hospice services to Martha’s Vineyard, Brockton and greater Boston subsequently forming an affiliation with Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands. This summer, the organization introduced HouseCalls, a primary care program for those needing home-based physician care. As a result of this expansion, HopeHealth now serves significantly more people on Cape Cod and in the surrounding communities.
The Hyannis-based non-profit embarked on a strategic plan to expand and extend its services several years ago, after evaluating critical factors within the community and in the healthcare industry. Stated Rehm, “First, there are the needs of the aging population. As people are living longer, many of them are living for years with multiple chronic conditions. To maintain their independence and optimal health, they need sophisticated, coordinated care provided where they live. This is especially true on Cape Cod, which has one of the oldest populations in the country.” In Barnstable County, an estimated 10,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and more than 5,000 are homebound without regular or easy access to primary care; in Plymouth and Bristol counties, an estimated 11,000 are also homebound.
The healthcare environment is also a driving force, with proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement, increased regulatory scrutiny, growing competition from national and regional for-profits and the complete restructuring of the healthcare finance and delivery systems. Added Rehm, “Patients with chronic conditions represent a disproportionate share of healthcare resources; a crisis is approaching due to an aging population and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to care for people with advanced chronic illness. HopeHealth is committed to the development of new services to help address this crisis.”
According to Lise Lambert, chief growth officer of HopeHealth, “As HopeHealth, the communities we serve will realize substantially greater benefits from our extended services. Expansion into chronic care services is critical to the health of our communities and will enable us to work with emerging healthcare models that benefit more people.” Lambert added, “The HopeHealth identity honors where we have been, who we have become and where we are going. It also reinforces our historical mission, represents the full range of our services, simplifies our program names and distinguishes us from others.
The HopeHealth family of services includes:
- Hope Hospice: Serving all who are eligible for hospice care, regardless of the complexity or cost of their care
- McCarthy Care Center: Hospice inpatient unit providing short-term acute care for symptom management and stabilization
- Hope HouseCalls: Home-based primary care delivered by physicians to those who are homebound or who have difficulty getting to the doctor’s office
- Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services: An affiliate 501(c)(3)organization providing support, counseling, care planning and education for caregivers and those living with dementia (formerly Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands)
- Hope Care for Kids: Specialized pediatric bereavement and counseling, hospice and palliative care
- Hope Community Care: Bereavement and counseling services, offered individually or in groups, available to anyone in the community
- Professional Education and Training: Offered to partnering healthcare providers, community organizations and caregivers
HopeHealth, formerly known as Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, has been enhancing the quality of life for people experiencing serious illness and loss for more than thirty years. Today, the non-profit organization delivers a wide range of medical care, care management and support services throughout Eastern Massachusetts, spanning six counties, including Barnstable, Plymouth, Bristol, Norfolk, Suffolk and Dukes. The HopeHealth family of services includes: Hope Hospice; McCarthy Care Center, hospice inpatient unit; Hope HouseCalls, home-based primary care; Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services, an affiliate of HopeHealth; Hope Care for Kids, pediatric services; Hope Community Care, counseling support; and education and training for professionals, caregivers and the community. Learn more by calling (508) 957-0200 or visiting HopeHealthCo.org.