Hospice and palliative care organization expands, unveils new name

Non-profit extends service area to include six counties

This week, Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod announced some big changes including an expansion and a new name--HopeHealth. The Hyannis-based hospice provider began expanding and extending its services several years ago.

"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.

For over thirty years Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod has provided much needed services to patients and families on Cape Cod. Two years ago, the organization partnered with Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands to expand services to Martha's Vineyard, Brockton and the Greater Boston area.

This summer HopeHealth introduced HouseCalls, a primary care program for those in need of home-based physican care.  The program now serves a significantly greater number of people on the Cape and in surrounding areas.

An evaluation of the community and the healthcare industry led to the changes HopeHealth has made.  "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," said Rehm.

An estimated 10,000 people are living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia and more than half of those people are homebound. HopeHealth estimates that an additional 11,000 people are homebound in Plymouth and Bristol Counties.

"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," said Lise Lambert, Chief Growth Officer of HopeHealth.

HopeHealth now offers the following services to people in Barnstable, Plymouth, Bristol, Norfolk, Suffolk and Dukes counties:

  • 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

For more information about HopeHealth, visit their website here.

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