Cape Cod Healthcare hailed for cardiac care and short-term rehabilitation services

Cape Cod Healthcare hailed for cardiac care and short-term rehabilitation services

Cape Cod Hospital recently earned the Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

According to Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionin the United States, one person dies every 34 seconds from cardiovascular disease. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers who meet quality standards and who have proven to provide the necessary care with safe practices.

“The significance of this recognition by Blue Cross is that it is based on a national database that compares results from virtually every cardiac care center in the country,” said Dr. William Agel, Chief Medical Officer of Cape Cod Healthcare. “The data confirms that cardiac care at Cape Cod Hospital is competitive with any of these centers nationwide, including major academic centers in Boston and beyond.”

Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, and Falmouth Hospital are part of the nonprofit Cape Cod Health.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, healthcare facilities must demonstrate expertise.

Healthcare facilities should demonstrate proven expertise in specific categories of cardiac care, including percutaneous coronary interventioncoronary bypass and aortic valve replacement.

According to the Blue Cross Blue Shield website, objective data from the Provider Survey, Plans Survey, third-party registry data, and National Blue Claims Dataset information was used to assess and identify facilities. that meet the selection criteria.

“The real difference is that the care here is provided by doctors, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, therapists and a whole team of people who live and work in our community; people who care about their patients as neighbors and friends rather than just patients,” Agel said. “We are honored by the trust the community has placed in us and we will continue to provide the highest quality care. »

The lawsuit brought by the former Cape Cod Hospital cardiologist is pending in Suffolk Superior Court.

A Cape Cod Healthcare lawsuit filed Feb. 3 by former Cape Cod Hospital cardiologist Richard Zelmanis pending in Suffolk Superior Court, with a conference scheduled for May 1. Zelman had been affiliated with the hospital since 1990.

In the lawsuit, Zelman alleges he was fired for speaking out against hospital practices he viewed as prioritizing profit over patient care, among other claims. CEO and President of Cape Cod Healthcare Michael Lauf says Zelman was never fired and rather his contract was not renewed. He also strongly denied Zelman’s allegations during a January interview with The Times.

Zelman originally filed a lawsuit Dec. 6 in Barnstable Superior Court. He filed a voluntary notice of dismissal without prejudice on January 25, before filing the lawsuit again in Suffolk Superior Court.

Cape Cod Healthcare’s rehabilitation and long-term care center was praised.

Cape Cod Healthcare’s JML Care Center won the award US News and World Report designation of the best nursing homes for the year 2022-23 for short-term rehabilitation.

US News & World Report has rated over 15,000 retirement homes nationwide. The ratings of the best acute care facilities include data on staffing, success in preventing emergency room visits as well as various other measures.

Since 1989, located on the campus of Falmouth Hospital, the 132-bed nursing and rehabilitation facility has been providing transitional services to patients recovering from surgery or medical conditions requiring complex medical care .

JML is supported by all Cape Cod Healthcare resources, including Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Healthcare Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists. Most rehabilitation patients stay at JML for a short stay, usually 14 to 30 days, according to the nonprofit organization.

Rasheek Tabassum Mujib writes on health and education. Join her at [email protected].

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