Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Comments on Question One Results

HYANNIS – Michael Lauf, the President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare and an opponent of Question 1, the ballot initiative that would have mandated nursing staffing levels, says although the company was pleased the measure failed, now is not the time to be celebrating.

In a letter to company employees, Lauf says Cape Cod Healthcare continues to strive to improve on the care they provide in order to offer the best care possible to Cape Cod residents and visitors.

“There are more issues to be discussed and I look forward to addressing those issues with you. However, we will not compromise on safe, quality patient care.

We are extremely proud of the care we give and the people who provide it. We have always, and will continue to, put our patients and our community first in all we do,” Lauf said to staff.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association supported the question, while hospitals and doctors’ groups opposed it. The two sides combined had spent more than $30 million to make their case to voters.

Supporters said the nurse staffing requirements would make patients safer, but opponents said it would create an overly rigid system that could result in hospitals being forced to turn away some patients.

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