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Cape Cod Hospital clings to independence

Big donations, Brigham and Women’s ties help the hospital and its parent stay independent, expand emergency services

HYANNIS — By 10 a.m., all the beds in the emergency room are full. Other patients wait on gurneys in the halls, as doctors and nurses tend to foot injuries, heart attacks, and drug overdoses.

On a typical summer day, 330 people in need of medical care will come through the doors of Cape Cod Hospital’s emergency department, rivaling Boston’s busiest hospitals. That’s 100 more people per day visiting the Hyannis emergency room between Memorial Day and Labor Day than during the rest of the year.

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