RHCI in Sandwich to align more closely with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in October

Spaulding recently jumped from 6th to 4th on US News and World Report list of best rehabilitation hospitals in the US

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands (RHCI) previously announced it will change its name to “Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Cape Cod” in October as part of a more formal alignment with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

“This move reflects the long-standing relationship between two highly regarded rehabilitation hospitals and is in effect a return to RHCI’s roots,” said RHCI President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Sim.  Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital developed RHCI and managed the 60-bed acute rehabilitation hospital for its first six years.  In 2001, RHCI became a sister institution to Spaulding.  RHCI is a member of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, which also includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Boston, two long-term acute care hospitals, and 23 outpatient centers in Eastern Massachusetts.  All the Network facilities will be assuming the Spaulding name in October.

“It’s important that our patients, referring hospitals and physiciansknow they will continue to receive the same personal attention andquality of care they’ve come to expect from RHCI.” - Stephanie Nadolny, RHCI’s VP of Clinical Services

Sim believes that the Spaulding name will help to further differentiate RHCI.  “Although we Cape Codders are fiercely proud of our independence and local identity, we also realize the value of a name and brand that are more broadly recognizable and easy for patients and the community to remember,” she says.  Spaulding recently jumped from the sixth to the fourth spot in the US News and World Report rankings of the Best Rehabilitation Hospitals in the United States.  “To showcase RHCI’s level of care and professionalism under a name that is nationally equated with excellence will only work to the hospital’s advantage.”

In addition to the change in name, the decision was recently made to integrate RHCI’s management and governance structure with the other institutions that are part of the Spaulding Network.  This will streamline management and achieve operating efficiencies in an increasingly cost sensitive health care environment.  Sim will be stepping down in September and Stephanie Nadolny, currently RHCI’s Vice President of Clinical Services and a resident of Sandwich, will oversee RHCI’s day-to-day operations.  Charles Ritch, past Chairman and trustee of RHCI, serves on the Spaulding Board as well and will continue to do so.  RHCI Trustee James Lehane will join the combined board as well.  Both are residents of East Sandwich.

Sim has been with RHCI since it opened and has served as President since 2003.  She has been a very strong and successful leader for RHCI and has been active on many community boards.

“I have loved my time at RHCI,” Sim said.  “I’m especially proud of our staff and physicians, whose commitment to our patients and families, and to each other, never wavers.  I know they will continue to keep our patients’ needs as their highest priority.”

“We are sad to see Carol leave us after so many years, but she is leaving us with a legacy of a very solid organization and highly committed staff,” Nadolny said.  Nadolny has been with RHCI since 1997 and has served as Vice President of Clinical Services for the last seven years.

Nadolny also emphasized what patients could expect after these changes go into effect.  “It’s important that our patients, referring hospitals and physicians know they will continue to receive the same personal attention and quality of care they’ve come to expect from RHCI.  The expert care and the compassionate caring that have touched so many lives will continue.  At the same time, the closer alignment with Spaulding offers additional opportunity for collaboration and greater access to Spaulding’s considerable clinical depth and expertise.”

Courtesy of RHCI.

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