Business Brief: Cape caregivers announce Island affiliation

Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod (HPCCC) and Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod and the Islands (ASCCI) announced on October 7 a formal affiliation intended to increase efficiencies and community benefits

As a result of the agreement, ASCCI will become a wholly owned subsidiary of HPCCC, with each organization retaining its individual identity, mission, corporate name, 501(c)(3) designation, staff and board of directors, according to a press release. The affiliation creates opportunities to increase efficiencies and sustainability, and to expand and enhance services, including hospice access, available to the estimated 10,000 patients and their caregivers living in the Cape and Islands region with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.

ASCCI was established in 1985 with a mission to provide information, support and training to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and the families and professionals who care for them. HPCCC was founded in 1981 with a mission to enhance the comfort and quality of life for patients and families experiencing the impact of serious illness and loss.

ASCCI will relocate its staff and executive operations to the headquarters of HPCCC in Hyannis. By sharing administrative and logistical resources, the affiliation will cut back office overhead and costs to better use charitable dollars. Each organization will continue to fundraise independently, eliciting the generous support of its respective donors and sponsors to support its unique programs and needs.

The closing of the transaction is subject to successful completion of due diligence and the approval of the state attorney general’s office. The closing is expected to occur in early November with an effective date of January 1, 2011.

In December 2009, HPCCC began operating on Martha’s Vineyard as Island Hospice, in collaboration with Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. About the same time, the Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA) announced that it had signed a staffing agreement with Island Hospice.