Patient Safety Advocates' "Truth Tour" Visits Cape Cod Hospital Today

12:30 p.m. at Lewis Bay Road and Gleason Street in Hyannis

Press release from Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care (verbatim)...

Massachusetts hospital executives are running an industry that posts more than $1 billion in profits, hoards $1 billion in offshore tax havens, and spends millions more on ads that deceive voters about Question 1, paid for using public dollars

HYANNIS – Today, members of the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care will meet in front of the corporate headquarters of Cape Cod Healthcare in effort to expose the true opposition to Question 1 and safe patient limits: Multimillionaire hospital executives and multibillion-dollar hospital corporations. 

Cape Cod Hospital is a prime example of the opposition. Rather than using the health systems’ $25 million stashed in offshore accounts, or recent profits – $56 million last year alone – to improve patient safety conditions, the hospital executives are using taxpayer dollars to mislead voters about Question 1. 

The majority of hospital revenue throughout Massachusetts comes from public sources.

Tax dollars make up nearly 73% of Cape Cod Hospital’s revenue, making Cape Cod Health Care among the most profitable health systems in the Commonwealth. Over just two years, Cape Cod Healthcare gave CEO Michael Lauf a 55% raise and now pays him $2 million a year. 

WHO:

  •       Donna Kelly-Williams, RN (Cambridge Hospital)
  •       Beth Piknick, RN (Retired, Cape Cod Hospital)
  •       Shannon Sherman, RN (Cape Cod Hospital)
  •       Jack Stanton (Candidate for State Representative, 5thBarnstable District)

WHEN: Tuesday September 25th, 2018 at 12:30 PM

WHERE: Lewis Bay Road and Gleason Street Hyannis, MA 02601

ABOUT THE PATIENT SAFETY ACT

The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs. The measure will be for voters’ consideration on the 2018 ballot.

For a full list of endorsers, please visit: https://safepatientlimits.org/who-we-are/

ABOUT THE COMMITTEE 

The Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care is a broad coalition united in support of the Patient Safety Act, advocating for stronger patient outcomes, and consistency and accountability in our hospitals. The coalition is made up of advocates across Massachusetts, including registered nurses, patients and family members, health and safety organizations, community groups, unions and elected officials. 


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