Founded in 1899, Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital singularly devoted to providing palliative care to adult,
advanced cancer patients without regard to race, religion, or economic status. Calvary’s continuum of care includes:
- inpatient care
- home care
- nursing home hospice
- wound care
- bereavement care
- extensive support programs for patients, families, and friends.
What distinguishes Calvary from other healthcare facilities is the individual care we provide each patient and family, founded on the guiding principles of compassion, respect for the dignity of every patient, and non-abandonment of our patients and families. Calvary leads the way in offering a complete array of supportive outreach, psychological, and spiritual services, together known as “palliative care.” Their primary goal is to make the patient as physically comfortable as possible and to address with dignity the psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and, equally important, the needs of their families.
Calvary’s expertise extends to the care of complex, intractable wounds from various causes. Our expert team of physicians and certified wound care nurses has achieved a high degree of success helping our patients at the Bronx and Brooklyn campuses heal these wounds.
Our inpatient nursing department, comprised of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and Calvary Care Technicians (CCT), is an important reason why Calvary is world-renowned for its patient care. CCTs are specially trained and educated to maximize the patient care experience. Whether they have spent their entire career at Calvary or came to us after working at other hospitals, our nursing department wants to be here caring for our patients.
Unlike other hospitals, Calvary encourages visits at any time. Children are always welcome. Pet visits are possible too and may be scheduled in advance through the Family Care Center by calling (718) 518-2574. People who wish to stay over may do so in the patient’s room or in several rooms on the premises – at no charge. We understand that when a loved one is near the end of life, making it easy for family and friends to visit is a simple yet important thing to offer.
Patients are referred to Calvary from every major hospital and medical center in New York City. Each year, Calvary cares for more than 6,000 patients and families in our 200-bed Bronx campus, 25-bed Brooklyn campus, The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan and Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home and in homes throughout the metro New York area.
Our patients come from across the New York tri-state area: the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester, Brooklyn, and Long Island as well as from other locations. They range in age from 20 to 108, with a majority (82%) over the age of 55. Minorities (including Asian, African American, and Hispanic) make up 46% of all inpatients.
Being able to enjoy the aroma and taste of delicious food is important to many people. At Calvary, all patient requests, however unique, are treated with the utmost care by employees. Our cooks put extra effort into preparing dishes that are special treats or evoke special memories. They have often tracked down specific dishes or recipes, all in their desire to bring some joy to a patient.
Maintaining optimum nutrition, for the patient, is an essential element of treatment here at Calvary Hospital.
- A healthy, nutritious diet is essential for all. But for the sick, good nutrition is even more important as it can maximize the quality of life.
- Nutritional requirements may increase during illness.
- Every effort is made to address symptoms through nutritional care to enhance the patient’s quality of life.
- The Nutritional Services Department completes a full assessment within 24 hours of admission to provide the diet that will best meet the patient’s nutritional needs. Based on this assessment, an individualized nutritional care plan is implemented and monitored routinely, to ensure the best possible outcome.
- All meals are tastefully prepared and attractively served.