HOSPICE MAUI LIKES DETAILS
[Ed. Note: The following letter is in response to Mauisphere, which ran in our Aug. 7, 2013 issue.]
Hospice Maui is not a “firm” it is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been serving Maui since 1978 and was incorporated as a non-profit in Maui 1981. It began as a grassroots program in response to community need.
Hospice Maui has already been approved to open a brand new in-patient facility that will begin construction in January 2014. The entire community of Maui has worked to contribute to the Hospice Maui Hospice Hale project. Both the State of Hawaii and the County of Maui, as well as hundreds of Maui residents have contributed funds toward this important project.
Hospice Maui’s decision to reduce the size of their planned facility from 12 beds to 5 beds was a responsible decision based on due diligence by its local Board of Directors who made the fiscally the sound decision that makes the best use of existing resources. Hospice Maui’s board of directors include a local Financial Planner, a Bank of Hawaii manager, a Hospital facilities manager, and other business owners on Maui as well as family members of former patients.
With the five-bed facility approved for construction at Hospice Maui and the collaborative effort between Hospice Maui and Hale Makua, Hospice Maui believes there will be sufficient space available to serve hospice patients who for whatever reason cannot be made comfortable at home. Hospice Maui’s five-bed facility, Hospice Hale, will be a brand new facility built specifically to provide the highest quality hospice care available.
Hospice Maui’s Hospice Hale will be located adjacent to its current Hospice Care Coordination center that houses doctors, hospice nurses, hospice nurse aides, social workers, and bereavement counselors.
We appreciate your time and attention to detail. We will continue to focus our resources on excellent patient care and serving the seriously ill residents of Maui and their families with the compassion and dignity they deserve at this very difficult time in their lives.
-Kimber Howard-Carhart, Hospice Maui, via email
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LOVES DRONE STORY
Thank you for your recent article detailing the use of drones in Hawaii (“Drones Over Hawaii,” Aug. 1 2013). With all the [Edward] Snowden revelations, it was a very timely cover story on a very troubling subject. Unfortunately, with the rapid pace of technological innovation, it seems things can only get worse for advocates of personal privacy and defenders of the Fourth Amendment.
Perhaps, for example, you’ve seen the stories about insect-size drones already being developed? Is this the future Americans want? If not, we must all move quickly and emphatically to impose strict limits on law enforcement, the military, and intelligence agencies to prevent them from becoming the evil overlords of a dystopian America.
-Bill Geoghegan, via email