Hospice Casa Sperantei Foundation is a charity organization founded in 1992 in Brasov. It is a large organization, accredited to ISO 9001-2008, with over 250 employees and over 350 volunteers. The hospices mission is to provide and promote palliative careservices for patients with cancer and other chronic progressive diseases in Romania and in the region. The services offered are free to eligible patients and their families and aim to ensure good quality of life by relieving suffering. The clinical services provided by the Hospice Casa Sperantei covers the Brasov County and Bucharest and the education programes cover Romania and Eastern Europe.
The organizations covers three areas:
A Specialist Clinical Services
- Home-based Palliative care for adults with cancer and children with life-limiting diseases
- Inpatient unit for adults and children i
- Outpatient clinic for palliative care, currently the only such service in Romania.
- Day centres for adults and children with incurable diseases in stable phases in Brasov and Bucharest.
B. Education Programmes (palliative care)
To promote and improve accessibility of palliative care services in Romania, the Foundation has developed post-graduate national educational programs for professionals. The courses are accredited by the College of Physicians, Order of Nurses in Romania and the 18 months subspecialty palliative care course is certified by Ministry of Health. Hospice contributed to setting up the first master degree program for palliative care at the Transylvania University (Brasov). The same medical university established the first PC chair in Romania in cooperation with the Hospice. The organization has educated and works with131 national trainers and mentors. Between 1997 and 2013 over 19,000 professionals attended the courses (doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists, clergy, managers, etc).
C. Advancement of Palliative Care at national and international level
The organization is actively advocating for the advancement of palliative care in Romania and the East-European region, by:
– Organizational and professional support and consultancy for setting up palliative care services
– Development of Pilot programs – recently basic palliative care through GPs in 4 counties
– Legislative improvement to integrate palliative care in the national healthcare system;
– Cooperation with the national authorities (Ministry of Health, National House of health Insurances, etc) to develop a national program for palliative care
– Cooperation with authorities to improve funding mechanisms for palliative care.
In 2003 Hospice Casa Sperantei was described as Beacon of Excellence in Eastern Europe (Clark D. 2003), following a study of 475 services providers in 28 countries in the region. In 2014 it was awarded the title of Centre of Excellence in Nursing. It is part of the European Palliative Care Academy and one of the seven models of PC development in the 2014 Global PC Atlas.