A Message for the New Year
As we come to the end of 2021, I want to again say what can never be said enough: Thank you for all you have done during this pandemic, and all you continue to do day in and day out. The year proved to be challenging yet rewarding in so many ways.
We have had an incredible opportunity to serve our community during one of the more interesting times in our history. And what’s so exciting as we enter 2022 is that, though we’re still in the throes of the pandemic, such important work remains to prepare for our future.
In the coming year, the pandemic will continue to test us and put pressure on our resources. In addition, we will see challenges coming from government in the form of lower reimbursements, challenges in helping people not only improve their healthcare, but improve the social determinants of health in our community, such as better educational, health and employment options. We’ll also see opportunities to improve care to underserved communities and provide a more equitable approach to healthcare for everybody. This is an exciting time to be in medicine and to make a difference for our neighbors.
We’ll continue to see incredible advancements in drugs, technology and innovation in the model of care we offer. We’ll continue to leverage our Epic record to further integrate all the care that we provide and better empower our patients and physicians.
We’ll continue to invest in our workforce in the way of educational opportunities for nurses, for LPNs, for CNAs, for diagnostic technicians, radiology techs and so many more. We’ll continue to try to invest in the medical staff of tomorrow through our partnership with UMass and in residency programs, and we’re going to continue to recruit the very best physicians we can to the Cape so that our patients receive the very best care medicine has to offer.
We have an eye on the future with the planning and ultimate kickoff of our new Cancer and Cardiology Tower. We’ll continue to expand our Medical/Surgical capacity as well as invest in our Trauma program. We’ll see a new ICU built at Falmouth Hospital, along with investments in key service lines like Oncology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Primary Care and Emergent Care at both hospital campuses.
We’re partnering with our physicians to look at ways to better utilize telehealth and partnering with our community to fill gaps in treatment in Behavioral Health medicine as well as substance use disorders.
There is so much to do, and to try to accomplish it all in one year is a bit unrealistic. But all of this activity will be started in 2022 and, as we navigate this pandemic, our plan and the implementation of it will be well underway. As a result, Cape Cod Healthcare will be well-positioned for the future.
In closing, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone at this incredible organization a healthy, safe, prosperous and happy holiday season. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service and dedication to this healthcare system and this community.