Martha Lenderman (Chair)

'$$The Death Factory'
The Hospice of the Florida $uncoast

Judge George Greer: Ruler of the Kangaroo Court set on killing Terri Schiavo. Impartial? Not in the least! Worked side by side as county commissioner with Barbara Sheen Todd (county commissioner) for eight YEARS. Barbara Sheen Todd is on the board of the hospice. Also, Judge Greer's fellow judge, Judge John Lenderman is the brother of Martha Lenderman (also on the hospice board! Greer accepted as the basis of his rulings, the questionable testimony of Michael Schiavo (and his family) that Terri would wish to be killed, yet Michael never stated that before he got about a Million Dollars to care for Terri forever. Greer also accepted as the basis of his rulings, the "opinion" of a third doctor who just happens to be the brother of a close associate of George Felos, right-to-kill attorney, and very significantly, former CHAIRMAN of the hospice board! If there ever was a rigged court, Judge Greer's is it!
Thank you Ron Panzer of  HPA for keeping us updated on Terri Schiavo

Key Schiavo Player Takes Her Act On The Road-Baker Act

On the road again.

Martha Lenderman has taken her act on the road.

The Baker Act that is.

After retiring earlier this year as president of the Area Agency of the Aging for Pinellas County, Baker Act expert Martha Lenderman is now busily traveling the state giving programs on the Baker Act and Marchman Act.

Lenderman was one of the key behind-the-scenes players in the judicial homicide of disabled Terri Schindler Schiavo earlier this year, and may have ultimately been the one responsible to quash any investigation into the Schiavo case by Florida's Department of Children and Families or any investigation into the rampant allegations of Medicaid fraud in the case.

Both Chief Judge Chris Altenbernd of Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeals in Lakeland and Lenderman, sister of Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Lenderman, played a pivotal role in the death of Terri Schindler-Schiavo in the right-to-life case that drew the attention of the world to advanced directions, living wills, guardianships and judicial tyranny.

It was learned that Lenderman had conflict upon conflict upon conflict in the case. Not only was she a member and later chairman of the board of directors of the Hospice of Florida Suncoast which operated the hospice where Terri was admitted in 2000 under an improper application and illegally certified as terminal which resulted in an alleged Medicaid fraud, but any such investigation would have been directed to Lenderman. In the state of Florida, the local Area Agency on Aging investigates local Medicaid and Medicare fraud through their "Medicare and Medicaid Patrol Program".

George Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo who was intent on ending his wife's life by obtaining a judicial order to remove her feeding tube, was an associate of Lenderman's, serving as chairman of the hospice board with Lenderman as a member. Lenderman succeeded Felos as chairman until public outcry forced her from the position, at the same time that Felos was still a board member. He did not resign from his position at Hospice of Florida Suncoast until early 2001, nearly a year after Terri had been secretively moved to Woodside Hospice and after she had been improperly certified and admitted to Woodside.

Anyone trying to effect an investigation of Medicaid irregularities of the Hospice of Florida Suncoast or Terri's Medicaid funds would end up as Martha Lenderman investigating Martha Lenderman, Schiavo and Felos.

Lenderman, in her role with the Baker Act, had also been contracted by the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disablities, the same agency which was presumably conducting an investigation into the Schiavo case. In that role, she handles advanced directives for mental patients.

Martha Lenderman will present two programs on the Baker Act for the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF) on Friday, Nov. 4 at St. Richard's Episcopal Church, 5151 Lake Howell Drive, Winter Park, one from 9 a.m. to noon with the second program being held from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Baker Act is a 1971 Florida statute, enacted to help protect the rights of the mentally ill along with public safety. While it presumably advocates community-based mental health care programs over committing people to institutions, in some cases, it can be used by the government to involuntary commit individuals that may be perceived as troublesome. The Baker Act presumably says that only people found by a court, judges such as Sixth Judicial Circuit Court judges George W. Greer, Mark Shames, John Lenderman, Crockett Farnell to be a danger to themselves or others can be committed.

Involuntary commitment requires that a judge, police officer or doctor must first decide the person is potentially ill enough to require an involuntary medical exam.

Within 72 hours of that exam, the person may be released or voluntarily agree to further inpatient treatment. If not, the facility that conducted the exam must file an involuntary commitment petition that must be heard by a court within five days.

The Marchman Act is a means of providing an individual in need of substance abuse services with emergency services and temporary detention for substance abuse evaluation and treatment when required, either on a voluntary or involuntary basis.

From Nov. 16-18, Lenderman will participate in the annual meeting for the Florida Society for Healthcare Security, Safety and Emergency Management Professionals to be held at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort at Lake Buena Vista, FL. Lenderman will speak on Nov. 16 from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m.

On Oct. 17-18, she presented a program on the Baker Act at the 8th Annual Conference Florida Coalition for Optimal Mental Health and Aging at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tampa.

Time after time, Terri's parents, Mary and Robert Schindler Sr., looked to Florida's appellate courts for relief from the death edicts and orders issued by Pinellas County Probate Court judge George W. Greer of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, relief from alleged violation of constitutional rights including religious rights, state statutes and judicial ethics.

But the 2nd DCA and specifically Altenbernd consistently wrote the decisions against the Schindlers and stymied, ultimately quashed, their attempts to save their daughter's life.

The state Department of Children and Families appeared to make a valiant effort to save Terri in February and March, first asking to intervene in the case to investigate new allegations of abuse, requesting a 60-stay in the March 18 death order which was denied by Greer.

Then, in an inexplicable and highly improper move, DCF announced publicly and jointly with Gov. Jeb Bush that they were going to take the disabled woman into protective custody. Greer refused to allow the Governor to perform his constitutionally empowered duties and prohibited DCF from performing their statutorily mandated duties.

Even though there was supposedly a three-hour window period when DCF and the Governor could have taken Terri into protective custody and saved her life, they didn't, seemingly unaware of their legal position.

Or were they?

As a Baker Act expert, Lenderman trains DCF workers. In Pinellas County, probate judges including George Greer hear involuntary commitments regarding guardianships. She has investigatory and regulatory powers over services for the elderly in Pinellas County and had a contract with Pinellas County for advising the county on the Baker Act, thereby placing Lenderman and Greer in a close working relationship---a potential conflict in the Schiavo case which could have ultimately been a fatal conflict.

According to a biography of Lenderman presented by her consultancy firm, Lenderman and Associates of Pinellas Park, Lenderman retired after 30 years of service to the state. She worked at district levels as well as a number of years at the headquarters office of the Department of Children & Families in Tallahassee where her last position was as the state's Baker Act director.

She now does consulting, primarily related to the Baker Act and Marchman Act. She assisted the Legislature in preparing the 1996 Baker Act reform, wrote the Florida Administrative Rules governing the Baker Act, developed the model Baker Act forms, developed the facility survey guidelines for AHCA and DCF. She has developed the state's Baker Act and Marchman Act Handbooks.

Lenderman has served as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Fairness, addressing the Baker Act and its effect on Florida's elders. She works with courts, hospitals, law enforcement agencies and professional associations throughout the State on the appropriate use of the Baker Act and serves as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases.

She is also chairman of the Hospice Foundation of Florida Suncoast, board member and former chairperson of the Hospice of Florida Suncoast. Her brother, the judge, as associate of Greer, was a member of the Hospice of Florida Suncoast Advisory Board in 2000---the same year that Terri Schiavo was improperly certified terminal and admitted to the hospice under Medicaid. According to public records, Judge Lenderman joined the advisory board for the hospice solely for 2000.

In her Baker Act role she worked closely with Greer as well as the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, including former sheriff Everett Rice as the sheriff's department forcibly detains and transports the elderly in guardianship and commitment cases.

She was associated with Hospice of Florida Suncoast from 1996, acting as chairman of its board of directors from the spring of 2001 until the winter of 2003. She spent most of her career working in state mental health programs before becoming consultant to government agencies on the Baker Act.

The adult center for Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) hired Lenderman to train individuals with psychiatric disabilities in four pilot areas, including Pinellas County. Before she completed those, DCF hired her to train the rest of the districts in 2004.

At the time of AHCA's purported investigation into the alleged abuse, neglect and exploitation of Terri Schindler Schiavo while she was a resident at the hospice on which Martha Lenderman served on the board with Felos, she was a consultant with DCF which may be a primary reason why the 89 prior complaints to DCF regarding alleged abuse of Terri Schiavo were ruled unfounded.

The chief counsel for DCF, Frank Nagatani who appeared as a witness before Greer regarding prior DCF investigations in the Schiavo case and who successfully lobbied Greer to keep prior DCF investigations in the case secret, was a financial contributor to the election campaigns of both John Lenderman and George Greer as well as to Martha Lenderman's unsuccessful 1998 campaign for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. Contributors to Martha Lenderman's House campaign also included Felos and Felos; Hamden Baskin III, co-counsel with George Felos for Michael Schiavo; Pamela Campbell, attorney for Mary and Robert Schindler Sr;. and Frank and Linda Nagatani and Michael Bernstein.

Her brother was the organizer of the Pinellas Domestic Violence Task Force which may also explain why complaints against Michael Schiavo for the alleged domestic abuse of Terri Schiavo never progressed.

Bernstein has provided mental health facilities for the elderly for the probate court for several years working hand in hand with George Greer and Bernstein also works with Lenderman and Charlie Robinson on the Area Agency on Aging for Pasco-Pinellas providing services for the elderly and disabled.

With Lenderman being on the board of the United Way of Tampa Bay for many years, she seems to have significant clout in decisions of providing financial assistance to projects and organizations in which Altenbernd is involved with result in a quid pro quo arrangement involving certain matter.

Altenbernd is involved in the Gulf Ridge Boy Scouts, an organization which is supported by the United Way of Tampa Bay. It also appeared that Altenbernd had other conflicts of interest in the Schiavo case. One of the organizations that helped Conn Memorial Foundation co-found the Management Assistance Program MAP is United Way of Tampa Bay. Altenbernd is on the board of trustees for the Conn Memorial Foundation which appears to have joined with other foundations to comprise MAP. Conn Memorial funds the MAP Foundation and has also been a client of MAP, creating a financial relationship between the two.

Sheffield Crowder, president and fellow member of Altenbernd on the Conn Memorial Foundation, is also a board member of MAP. Among MAP's former clients is the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, according to public records, as well as the Hospice of Florida Suncoast, Conn Memorial Foundation and the United Way of Tampa Bay. June Maxam 11-02-05


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