Hospice receives $1.2M gift

Jun 6, 2012 Full story: The Daily Commercial

Former nurses Alfred and Vera Reetz of Leesburg, who lived frugally, have bequeathed $1.2 million to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, the organization's largest gift to date.

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Another Happy Birthday

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#5 Jun 15, 2012
Because you see; let's not forget Bob McKee has his second birthday of the year coming up on July 14th - With the 4th holiday coming and all we just might forget to wish Bob another birthday this year! Let's just mark our calendars!

You see; he used July 14, 1942 on the fingerprint card he submitted to the 9th judicial circuit states attorney back in 1976 for processing with the FBI and the FDLE but, he had that nasty ole DUI with injuries while racing accident and was terminated and the card was never submitted to FDLE in order for him to attend the basic training school at Orlando Police Department.

Then off to the Orange County sheriff's department job for three days (until he was caught lying about the DUI) where he used December 31, 1949 DOB; the same one he is using now and the one he used to marry Bonnie! Then off to the unemployment office in Leesburg. He was rescued from that fate by Bob Wear of DFS when he arrived to serves a stint working for him in Tavares. Interestingly Wear like McKee when he married Bonnie moved from Clermont to become McKee's neightbor. The rest is well documented history!

But then there that January 29, 1950 DOB he used when he thought the Florida Department of Education was going to do an FBI and FDLE criminal search on him. And even then when they found one 1970 DWI in New York he responded with "I was 18 at the time something about a dear friends wedding and I didn't drink mush at the time and I don't drink at all now, BS) Well If a person was 18 years old in 1970 - they had to be born sometime in 1952 ~ But, the really cute remark in his response to this was "we just can't seem to escape our past!"

Actually that might be the only time Bob McKee has ever told the truth in his life!
Cornerstone Competition

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#6 Jun 18, 2012
Hospice campaign argues against more end-of-life providers in Lake, Sumter counties
Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care appears to be orchestrating a letter-writing campaign to convince state officials that more end-of-life providers are not needed in Lake and Sumter counties.

Hospice officials, however, disagree with that assessment.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) publishes projections for future needs for medical services. It contends the number of projected deaths will soon exceed the number of projected hospice admissions in Lake and Sumter counties, resulting in at least a half-dozen companies quickly filing letters of intent to offer those expanded hospice services here.
This is part of the state's Certificate of Need program, a regulatory process that requires health care providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services.

Cornerstone, the sole hospice provider here, recently sent out a letter to its supporters, urging them to write letters to the AHCA, "formally stating your support for Cornerstone." A text sample was provided as a guide for the letter writers, with the concluding sentence of that text block stating, "From our experience, we do not see an unmet need for hospice services in our community."

The letter, from hospice President and CEO Mary Manrique, said respondents should use the text block as a guide only "and use your own words when writing the letter on your own letterhead," supposedly so it wouldn't look like an organized mass mailing.

Cornerstone officials on Friday said the letter was not meant to direct its supporters -- which include physicians, hospitals, clergy and volunteers -- to shun competition or maintain a monopoly here. They said they know competition is "inevitable and a fact of life."

"It was sent to the community to let them know that other hospices will be contacting them and asking for their support," Manrique said. "We wanted to ensure everyone in the community that Cornerstone Hospice will still be providing the comprehensive care that we have always provided and we are not going anywhere, but there will be another hospice knocking on their door for support."

Hospice Community Relations Manager Julia Allen said the letter was meant to answer questions concerning the role Cornerstone will play with a new end-of-life provider coming to the area. She said the intent wasn't to get a leg up on the competition, but to let supporters know Cornerstone will continue to service the community.

"Many people in the community have questioned why there is a need to have another hospice," she said.

Filing letters of intent to offer expanded hospice services here are:

Clermont-based Passages Hospice of Central Florida Inc.

Coral Gables-based Harbor Light Hospice of Florida Inc.

Miami-based VISTA Healthcare Corporation of America.

Ocala-based Hospice of Marion County Inc.

Passages Hospice of Central Florida Inc., represented by Arthur Shataynberg of LicensePro LLC, Brooklyn, NY.

Hernando-Pasco Hospice Inc., represented by The Girvin Group of Tallahassee.

Compassionate Care Hospice of Lake and Sumter Inc., represented by Smith & Associates, a Tallahassee law firm.

The state will make a final decision on Aug. 17, although hospice officials said that could be delayed if appeals are filed.
how can this be

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#7 Jun 18, 2012
What is up with this? Don't The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) know who they are dealing with?

Bob McKee the self proclaimed untouchable godfather runs the Cornerstone Hospice andit is and has always been a monopoly. If he wanted any competition he would run and control that too!

So why did Cornerstone have to do this silly form letter campaign? Why didn't Bob McKee just tell Alan Hays and Marleen "the Villages tool" O'Toole to make this go away? Or better yet why didn't McKee just have his main man Carey Baker earn some of that $90 GRAND the Senate President Mike Haridope paid him for being an advisor and advise Haridope to have the (AHCA) get these noses our of this sweet little deal McKee and his little syndicate have going on here with Cornerstone?

Don't you just love it when a little criminal empire begins to crumble and fall apart at the seams? All of these criminals are just waiting for their handcuffs!

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