Here’s the plain reality.
Each day that Presbyterian Support (PSEC) remains in charge of Cranford Hospice adds one more day of delay to the time Cranford can be successfully operated. Because the recruiting of medical staff must be preceded by the recruitment of a competent management team.
What everyone fondly perceives as “Cranford Hospice” must be liberated from the destructive control of the present management team … and that means removing PSEC entirely from the equation.
Cranford Hospice deserves its own independent supervisory board with directors who understand palliative care, humane management, and represent the community’s deep commitment to this unique institution.
Mayor Yule commented on BayBuzz yesterday: “The pressure should not be put on Cranford, rather on those that allowed things to get to this point.”
By any conceivable reading of the independent audit, the management of Cranford has failed. Those who have “allowed things to get to this point” are clearly the managers directly in charge, Barry Keane and Shaun Robinson, as well as their compliant “hear no evil” PSEC Board.
Mayor Yule has volunteered himself as the champion of Cranford … late, but nonetheless welcome.
But the defining mark of any champion of Cranford at this stage is leadership in effecting the liberation of Cranford from PSEC. If Mayor Yule (or Barbara Arnott, or Kevin Atkinson) is willing to lead that campaign, he (or they) will certainly earn a gold star from most in the community, including me.
However, Mayor Yule also commented in BayBuzz: “The pressure that Baybuzz has put on Cranford may have contributed to this outcome.”
The Mayor implies that BayBuzz, by throwing a spotlight on the severe dysfunction at Cranford (amply documented in the independent audit) is responsible for the regrettable temporary shut-down of in-patient care at Cranford. This is a classic case of shooting the messenger.
It is managerial failure that has brought Cranford to this regrettable point … regrettable all the more because these complaints have been on the table for several years, unheeded by PSEC, DHB and other community leaders — like Mayor Yule — who were informed of them.
There has been plenty of time for any of these responsible parties to act. They did not. In the end, it took one courageous complainant and the spotlight provided by BayBuzz to force action.
Once again proving the maxim: Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
So, Mayor Yule, if you want to lead the liberation of Cranford from PSEC, I’m with you. But if you want to attack the messenger (and hey, you’re entitled to), I’m confident you’ll find most regard that as nonsense.