Our Cranford Hospice article, Dying in Hawke’s Bay, is one of the most in-depth articles BayBuzz has published. Writer/reporter Mark Sweet and I spent in the neighborhood of sixty hours pulling it together. We interviewed seventeen knowledgeable insiders in depth, some repeatedly, and an equal number informally. And we reviewed a range of documents and web resources … many of which you can find below.
Because perhaps there’s no more iconic and beloved public service institution in Hawke’s Bay than Cranford Hospice. One that has touched thousands of families over the years, and with a blossoming senior citizen population, will touch even more to come. An institution that receives 30% of its annual funding from the generous donations of the community. An institution that’s broken.
Since November we’ve received numerous requests – pleas, in some cases – to look into what was described as a seriously dispirited facility. Dysfunctional to the point that caregiving might be compromised.
What we’ve learned is indeed cause for concern. But we’ll leave it to our article, Dying in Hawke’s Bay, to make that case, supported by the online materials below you can review yourself. [More Complaint documents are being scanned… check back.]
Anonymous Email to Baybuzz, January, 2010 — from Cranford staffer, including memo with complaints to Presbyterian Support Board
Letter to BayBuzz from Sally Ritchie — Cranford Hospice, Feb, 2010
Open Letter from Ron Hall, Chair, Presbyterian Support
PSEC Response from Shaun Robinson, CEO, Presbyterian Support — asserts inaccuracies and imbalance in BayBuzz’s Dying in Hawke’s Bay article
Memos to Cranford staff from Barry Keane & Sandra Sanderson (Dir of Nursing), Nov, 2009 – re media attention/contact and response to complaints.
NZ Palliative Care Strategy 2001
The current government policy guiding palliative care in NZ.
What is the LCP – Healthcare Professionals Nov 2009
Information on the Liverpool Care Pathway, the regime adopted by Cranford Hospice to prescribe care (in Cranford, other care-giving locations in the community, or in-home) in the final days of life.
Hawkes Bay Cancer Services Plan 2006 — “Plan to Promote Improvements to Cancer Service Delivery” prepared by Diane Keip, August 2006
Re-thinking PalliativeCare Provisio: Toward the Concept of Partnership Presentation by Barry Keane
Cranford Hospice website
Presbyterian Support website