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College Officially Dedicates Nursing and Allied Health Program Teach Laboratory with Ribbon Cutting

The Cape Cod Community College Cape Cod Healthcare Nursing & Allied Health Center was officially opened in ceremonies at the College’s West Barnstable campus Wednesday afternoon, November 1, 2017.

President John Cox welcomed the overflow crowd into what many speakers called “completely transformed”  teaching and learning laboratory space for the College’s nursing and allied health education programs. President Cox brought to the podium Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Michael Lauf, with whom he began conversations about expanding the nursing program and the teaching space less than a year ago; work that was completed at a rapid rate, to welcome new students this past September.

Ribbon cutting ceremonyImage: A very happy Mrs. Maureen Wilkens (center) cuts the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the new Nursing and Allied Health Center at Cape Cod Community College. In the photo (L-R): Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Michael Lauf, CCCC Pres. John Cox, a very happy Mrs. Maureen Wilkens, Dr. Eric Weber (behind), Frank Wilkens-Mrs. Wilkens' son, Cape Cod Five Bank CEO and long-time CCCC Trustee Dorothy Savarese, CCCC VP of Academic and Student Affairs, Susan Miller(behind), CCCC Nursing Program Dir. Barbara Murphy, Nursing and Allied Health Center Lab Coordinator Marion Santos, and CCCC Educational Foundation Executive Director Kathy McNamara.

The program expansion being made possible in partnership with Cape Cod Healthcare, means additional internship opportunities, clinical placements for student training/learning, and the opportunity for graduates to begin their careers within the Cape Cod Healthcare system as Novice Nurses. CCH CEO Michael Lauf has stated that the system needs at least 70 new nurses every year through normal attrition processes, so program growth is critically important.

The $3.7 million expansion of approximately 2700 sq. ft, of teaching space, (more than double the previous lab size) and the installation of state of the art equipment and technology, comes as the program adds two new full-time teaching faculty, a new Program Director, and begins the process of the single largest program expansion in the College’s history. The College will systematically add more nursing students, up to a maximum of 32 new students per year.  The goal is to graduate over 100 new nurses every year. The College is on track to graduate 107 in May of 2018.

The expansion also benefits all of the related allied health career programs, and will be used for in-service training workshops for working healthcare professionals.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, both President Cox, and CCCC Educational Foundation Executive Director Kathy McNamara repeatedly thanked the many donors in attendance, and the individuals who worked so very hard to transform the teaching space in such a rapid time. Both singled out Mrs. Maureen Wilkens and her family for their long-time support of the institution, especially in making the single largest gift to the expansion: $1.128M.

Mrs. Wilkens cut the ceremonial ribbon as it was being held by other key donors: Michael Lauf of Cape Cod Healthcare ($1M), Dorothy Savarese, CEO of the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation ($250K), and Dr. Eric Weber, a campaign co-chair who has been very active in reaching out to physicians in the region.

Kathy McNamara also expressed great thanks to Mr. Bill Bogdanovich of Liberty Commons in Chatham who has encouraged the post-acute care community to contribute and pledge in excess of $100K, to 3 anonymous Foundations on the Cape, each of which had pledged$100K to the project, and to all of the individual donors whose gifts were extremely important.

With all of this generosity, $3.3M of the $3.7 project cost has been met. To complete the campaign, other segments of the healthcare field are being encouraged to participate to meet the remaining $400K need.