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CALVARY HOSTS 18TH ANNUAL BEREAVEMENT CAMP

Children enjoy traditional activities and remember loved ones

BRONX, NY, August 27, 2015 – From August 17-21, Calvary Hospital hosted the 18th consecutive session of its bereavement camp for 86 children and teenagers, from ages 6-18. Calvary’s Camp Compass® has taken place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn for the past three years. The camp staff included 65 adult counselors, some of whom work for Calvary, and two junior counselors who were campers themselves just a few years ago.

The campers enjoyed traditional activities such as swimming, fishing, and basketball. They also enjoyed activities this year including:

  • Making small wooden see-saws to remember the person that each camper lost;
  • Visits by three therapy dogs;
  • An obstacle course;
  • BBQ lunch and dance party;
  • Lessons in playing guitar, piano, comic book artistry and scrapbooking;
  • Two clowns from the Big Apple Circus.

Calvary’s Camp Compass® provided a safe, nurturing environment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings, offer hope, and have fun for the week. All of the campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs -- “Precious Moments” -- for young children aged 6 to 11 years old or the teen bereavement support for 12- to 18-year-olds. These groups, which meet at the Hospital in the Bronx and in downtown Brooklyn, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process. All groups are free and open to the community.

Supporters of the Hospital’s children’s bereavement programs and Calvary’s Camp Compass® have included but are not limited to: Newman's Own Foundation, Eileen T. Nugent, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, the George Link, Jr. Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation, and the Hagedorn Fund.

In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource for grieving families. It offers free bereavement support groups for adults, children, and teens, and referrals for additional support if necessary. Calvary offers three unique groups: one geared to the needs of young adults ages 18-25, one for men of all ages, and a psychotherapy group for adults who have already attended a previous bereavement support group.

Calvary’s bereavement program is available to anyone who has lost a loved one, whether that person was a patient at Calvary, or someone from the larger community whose death was attributable to illness, accident, or violence.




Calvary Hospital (www.calvaryhospital.org) is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org



Children enjoy traditional activities and remember loved ones

BRONX, NY, August 27, 2015 – From August 17-21, Calvary Hospital hosted the 18th consecutive session of its bereavement camp for 86 children and teenagers, from ages 6-18. Calvary’s Camp Compass® has taken place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn for the past three years. The camp staff included 65 adult counselors, some of whom work for Calvary, and two junior counselors who were campers themselves just a few years ago.

The campers enjoyed traditional activities such as swimming, fishing, and basketball. They also enjoyed activities this year including:

  • Making small wooden see-saws to remember the person that each camper lost;
  • Visits by three therapy dogs;
  • An obstacle course;
  • BBQ lunch and dance party;
  • Lessons in playing guitar, piano, comic book artistry and scrapbooking;
  • Two clowns from the Big Apple Circus.

Calvary’s Camp Compass® provided a safe, nurturing environment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings, offer hope, and have fun for the week. All of the campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs -- “Precious Moments” -- for young children aged 6 to 11 years old or the teen bereavement support for 12- to 18-year-olds. These groups, which meet at the Hospital in the Bronx and in downtown Brooklyn, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process. All groups are free and open to the community.

Supporters of the Hospital’s children’s bereavement programs and Calvary’s Camp Compass® have included but are not limited to: Newman's Own Foundation, Eileen T. Nugent, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, the George Link, Jr. Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation, and the Hagedorn Fund.

In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource for grieving families. It offers free bereavement support groups for adults, children, and teens, and referrals for additional support if necessary. Calvary offers three unique groups: one geared to the needs of young adults ages 18-25, one for men of all ages, and a psychotherapy group for adults who have already attended a previous bereavement support group.

Calvary’s bereavement program is available to anyone who has lost a loved one, whether that person was a patient at Calvary, or someone from the larger community whose death was attributable to illness, accident, or violence.




Calvary Hospital (www.calvaryhospital.org) is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org 

 





CALVARY TO HOST 9TH ANNUAL SPIRITUAL CARE DAY

Multicultural Competencies and Spirituality in End-of-Life Care

BRONX, NY, August 4, 2015 – Calvary Hospital has announced plans to host its Annual Spiritual Care Day on October 22. To accommodate the large numbers of people who have participated in previous years, Calvary will again host this event at a convenient location in Manhattan. The theme this year will be:

Multicultural Competencies and Spirituality in End-of-Life Care
Towards a Culturally Inclusive Model of Care

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

630 Second Conference Center

(Second Avenue at 34th Street)

New York, NY

The keynote speaker will be Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM, Director, George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health. She will speak on “Whole Person Care: Integrating Spirituality into Care.” Experts from Calvary Hospital and Calvary Hospice will lead workshops on various topics such as:

  • Cultural Humility in a Multicultural World
  • Caring for Culturally Diverse Patients and Families in the Hospital and At Home
  • What should Cultural Competency Training Look Like in End-of-Life Care
  • Giving Meaning to Suffering at the End of Life
  • Case Studies and Clinical Vignettes

Doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains/pastoral care providers in all settings, and other health care professionals are welcome. Attendees will earn four Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits from ACPE, NACC, NAJC, and CPSP.

There is no fee to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided; kosher meals available upon request. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 15.

To learn more or to register online, visit: www.calvaryhospital.org/spiritualcareday, call (718) 518-2173 or email spiritualcareday@calvaryhospital.org.

Please click here to see brochure on Spiritual Care Day.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.


CALVARY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RESTORE HISTORIC TORAH

Hospital is home to Westminster Memorial Scroll No. 515

BRONX, NY, July 31, 2015 – Calvary Hospital today announced that it is embarking on a year-long restoration of a Torah scroll currently housed at their Bronx campus. The goal is to bring this Torah – dating from 1880 – back to kosher status, so that it may once again be used in Jewish rituals and religious services. Scroll No. 515, from the town of Taus-Domazlice, is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

“From the Hospital’s earliest years, Calvary has always welcomed patients from all religions. We are dedicated to providing the best end-of-life care that a person can find. At Calvary, we also honor and celebrate the spiritual and faith traditions that are so important to our patients, families and staff,” said Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital.

“We are honored that the Memorial Scrolls Trust has loaned us this sacred Torah. We know that it is our responsibility to safeguard and repair it. We have no doubt that we will be able to enlist support for this worthy project from people of all faiths.”

The Hospital is planning to raise funds for this restoration. Once completed, any remaining funds will be used to benefit all patients and families at Calvary’s inpatient facilities in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Home Hospice patients throughout the greater New York area, and at The Dawn Greene Hospice in Manhattan located at Mary Manning Walsh Home. Calvary is grateful to the Charles R. and Winifred R. Weber Foundation for their early, generous support of the Torah Restoration project. To support this important initiative, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org/torahrestoration

The Memorial Scrolls Trust

During World War II, the Nazis confiscated all the Jewish ritual items and sacred Torah Scrolls from Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia, then known as Czechoslovakia. This collection of Jewish cultural and religious artifacts bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.

In 1964, the Westminster Synagogue in London, England, agreed to receive 1,564 Torah Scrolls from Prague. They established the Memorial Scrolls Trust to restore the scrolls and distribute them to communities throughout the world. Torahs are currently on permanent loan to more than 1,400 congregations throughout the world; an estimated 1,000 in the U.S. alone. To learn more about the Trust, please visit: www.memorialscrollstrust.org

Jewish Patients & Families

Three Rabbis care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients at Calvary each year. In addition to kosher food upon request, Jewish inpatients and their families can expect a daily visit from a Rabbi, food from an expanded Kosher Hospitality Room, dedicated Shabbos Lounge, Kabbalat Shabbat service, and celebrations of all major holidays.

Yeshiva University Collaboration

Since 2012, Calvary has partnered with Yeshiva University to educate people in the Orthodox Jewish community about how to access excellent end-of-life in accordance with Jewish law (halakha). The goal of this partnership is to provide observant Jews with the information they need, to make the right end-of-life care decisions for their families.

To learn more about the YU program or to submit questions, go to http://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care and click on the button called “Rabbinic Consultation Form.” To learn more about Calvary, go to: www.calvaryhospital.org and click on the first bullet listed under the “What’s New” section.


Calvary Awards 2015 Eddie Higgins Scholarship

BRONX, NY, August 2015 -- Calvary Hospital has awarded the 2015 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to an outstanding student, Rebecca Rivera. Ms. Rivera’s mother, Wanda Velazquez, is a 10-year Calvary veteran who currently works in the Hospital’s Hospice Department. To win the scholarship, Rebecca had to both demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and the determination and spirit of Eddie Higgins.

Rebecca, 17, is a recent graduate of Bronx High School for the Visual Arts in Bronx,
NY. She was Editor-in-chief of yearbook staff, participated in cheerleading and volunteers at her local church. This fall, she matriculates at Borough of Manhattan Community College for an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a Master of Science in Special Education. Rebecca and her family reside in the Bronx.

The Eddie Higgins Scholarship is named after a cherished member of the Calvary

Calvary Hospital Awards 2015 Eddie Higgins
Scholarship to rebecca rivera

BRONX, NY, August 2015 -- Calvary Hospital has awarded the 2015 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to an outstanding student, Rebecca Rivera. Ms. Rivera’s mother, Wanda Velazquez, is a 10-year Calvary veteran who currently works in the Hospital’s Hospice Department. To win the scholarship, Rebecca had to both demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and the determination and spirit of Eddie Higgins. 

Rebecca, 17, is a recent graduate of Bronx High School for the Visual Arts in Bronx,
NY. She was Editor-in-chief of yearbook staff, participated in cheerleading and volunteers at her local church. This fall, she matriculates at Borough of Manhattan Community College for an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a Master of Science in Special Education. Rebecca and her family reside in the Bronx.

The Eddie Higgins Scholarship is named after a cherished member of the Calvary family who came to the hospital as a young boy. Eddie was hospitalized intermittently for 15 years at Calvary until his death in 1982 at the age of 29. Eddie is remembered for his love of God and his remarkable courage despite his illness. Calvary has given the annual scholarship since 1985.  

PHOTOCAPTION:

Calvary Hospital presented the 2015 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to Rebecca Rivera. Pictured from left to right: Wanda Velazquez, Rebecca’s Mother; Rebecca Rivera; Joel Rivera, Rebecca’s Father; and Richard Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer, Calvary.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

 

 

 

 



 



Calvary Honors Sherlyne Jeudi and Charles Kluvi with DAISY and Catch A Star Awards

Bronx and Rockland County Residents Honored for their Professionalism

BRONX, NEW YORK, August 2015 – Calvary Hospital recently honored two outstanding employees with the “DAISY” and “Catch A Star” Awards - 1st half 2015.

Sherlyne Jeudi, RN, CCC, was presented with the “DAISY” Award. She is a 6 year veteran of Calvary. She began working as a Licensed Practical Nurse and later graduated as a Registered Nurse in June 2012. Some of her nominations from colleagues and patients’ family members included comments such as:

  • Sherlyne is such a hard worker with a beautiful personality. When my dad was having a hard time eating, she would stay with him. When he was upset, she would listen and talk to him.

  • Sherlyne has comforted us all at different times. She not only takes excellent care of my dad, but she helps to inform and advise us. She knows we contact her every evening to check in on him and she was fine with it. She is a very special person who does much more than what’s expected of her. Calvary Hospital is so lucky to have such a dedicated employee.

    During her spare time, Sherlyne enjoys listening to music and spending time with her five year old daughter. She resides in Pomona, New York with her family.

    Charles Kluvi, CCT, an 11-year veteran, was presented with the Catch A Star Award. He began working at Calvary in 2004 and soon graduated as a Cancer Care Technician (CCT). He is the first person in his family to work in the Healthcare field and finds it very fulfilling.

    Some of his nominations from colleagues and patients’ family members included the following comments:

  • Charles has a big heart and a bright smile. He provided my dad with excellent care, he took the time to listen and talk to him. He calmed him down when he was agitated. Just knowing that someone is there if my dad needs something, is a comfort to all of us.

  • Charles goes above and beyond when it comes to taking care of my dad. My dad calls him “The Man” and refers to him as his friend. He is an asset to Calvary Hospital. The hospital is lucky to have such a dedicated worker.

    Charles was born and raised in Ghana and immigrated to NYC in 2002.  Charles is very active in his church.  He resides in the Bronx with his family.

    The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative staff) who demonstrate the Hospital’s Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and family members. Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

PHOTOCAPTION

Calvary recognized Sherlyne Jeudi and Charles Kluvi with the “DAISY and “Catch A Star” Awards respectively.

Pictured left to right:

  • Sherlyne Jeudi, RN, CCC, (Honoree);

  • Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services; and

  • Charles Kluvi, CCT (Honoree).

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

 





5 Towns Jewish Times

See what 5 Towns Jewish Times

is saying about us!

The August 7th issue spotlights Calvary’s Torah Restoration campaign.

To see the story, go to: http://5tjt.com/calvary-announces-plans-to-restore-historic-torah/



Bronx Times Reporter

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is saying about us!

The August 7th issue spotlights Calvary’s 100 years in the Bronx.

To see the story, go to: http://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2015/32/32-calvary-2015-08-07-bx.html



CALVARY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RESTORE HISTORIC TORAH

BRONX, NY, July 31, 2015 – Calvary Hospital today announced that it is embarking on a year-long restoration of a Torah scroll currently housed at their Bronx campus. The goal is to bring this Torah – dating from 1880 – back to kosher status, so that it may once again be used in Jewish rituals and religious services. Scroll No. 515, from the town of Taus-Domazlice, is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Westminster Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

“From the Hospital’s earliest years, Calvary has always welcomed patients from all religions. We are dedicated to providing the best end-of-life care that a person can find. At Calvary, we also honor and celebrate the spiritual and faith traditions that are so important to our patients, families and staff,” said Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital.

 Hospital is home to Westminster Memorial Scroll No. 515

BRONX, NY, July 31, 2015 – Calvary Hospital today announced that it is embarking on a year-long restoration of a Torah scroll currently housed at their Bronx campus. The goal is to bring this Torah – dating from 1880 – back to kosher status, so that it may once again be used in Jewish rituals and religious services. Scroll No. 515, from the town of Taus-Domazlice, is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Westminster Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. 
       “From the Hospital’s earliest years, Calvary has always welcomed patients from all religions. We are dedicated to providing the best end-of-life care that a person can find. At Calvary, we also honor and celebrate the spiritual and faith traditions that are so important to our patients, families and staff,” said Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital. 
       “We are honored that the Westminster Memorial Scrolls Trust has loaned us this sacred Torah. We know that it is our responsibility to safeguard and repair it. We have no doubt that we will be able to enlist support for this worthy project from people of all faiths.”

       The Hospital is planning to raise funds for this restoration. Once completed, any remaining funds will be used to benefit all patients and families at Calvary’s inpatient facilities in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Home Hospice patients throughout the greater New York area, and at The Dawn Greene Hospice in Manhattan located at Mary Manning Walsh Home. Calvary is grateful to the Charles R. and Winifred R. Weber Foundation for their early, generous support of the Torah Restoration project. To support this important initiative, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org/torahrestoration


The Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust
       During World War II, the Nazis confiscated all the Jewish ritual items and sacred Torah Scrolls from Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia, then known as Czechoslovakia. It was believed that Hitler’s plan was to use these objects of Judaica to create a museum of an extinct race -- the Jews. This collection of Jewish cultural and religious artifacts bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.

       In 1964, the Westminster Synagogue in London, England, agreed to receive 1,564 Torah Scrolls from Prague. They established the Memorial Trust to restore the scrolls and distribute them to communities throughout the world. Torahs are currently on permanent loan to more than 1,400 congregations throughout the world; an estimated 1,000 in the U.S. alone. To learn more about the Trust, please visit: www.czechmemorialscrollstrust.org

Jewish Patients & Families
       Three Rabbis care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients at Calvary each year. In addition to kosher food upon request, Jewish inpatients and their families can expect a daily visit from a Rabbi, food from an expanded Kosher Hospitality Room, dedicated Shabbos Lounge, Kabbalat Shabbat service, and celebrations of all major holidays.

 Yeshiva University Collaboration

       Since 2012, Calvary has partnered with Yeshiva University to educate people in the Orthodox Jewish community about how to access excellent end-of-life in accordance with Jewish law (halakha). The goal of this partnership is to provide observant Jews with the information they need, to make the right end-of-life care decisions for their families.

       To learn more about the YU program or to submit questions, go to http://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care and click on the button called “Rabbinic Consultation Form.” To learn more about Calvary, go to: www.calvaryhospital.org and click on the first bullet listed under the “What’s New” section.


For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

 



Calvary to Host a Special Viewing on "The Longest Loss: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia"

Calvary to Host a Special Viewing on

“The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”

*******************************************************************

WHAT: In conjunction with Hospice Foundation of America, Calvary will

offer a DVD viewing on “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease

and Dementia.”

A panel discussion featuring Calvary experts will follow telecast.

Attendees may apply for 2 Continuing Education credits.

Open to the Public. There is no fee to attend.

DATE: Calvary will host the teleconference on:

Wednesday, August 5, 2:00 to 5:00 PM

St. Joseph’s School for Girls located at 80 Willoughby Street,

Brooklyn, NY 11201

** Parking will NOT be available. Please take public transportation.

Please register early.

If you have questions or would like to register, please contact:

Lynne Pappalardi at www.lpappalardi@calvaryhospital.org

(718) 518-2173.

Calvary Hospital



5 Towns Jewish Times

See what 5 Towns Jewish Times

is saying about us!


Their June 19th issue spotlights Calvary care for Jewish patients and families.

To see the story, go to: http://5tjt.com/calvary-hospital-where-every-life-is-precious/




32nd Annual Calvary Hospital Awards Gala Raises $900,000

NEW YORK, NY, June 2, 2015 – Four hundred people attended Calvary Hospital’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala on May 28th at The Pierre in New York City. The evening raised $900,000 for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Radio legend John R. Gambling served as master of ceremonies. Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott performed as well.


Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of the Calvary Fund, and a dinner co-chair, presented The Calvary Medal to: Curtis Arledge. Vice Chairman & CEO, Investment Management, BNY Mellon. He was recognized for his distinguished corporate and civic leadership and outstanding philanthropic commitments to the Calvary mission.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

 

Photocaption #1

On May 28th, 400 people attended Calvary Hospital’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala at The Pierre in New York City. The evening raised $900,000 for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Pictured left to right: 

  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital;
  • Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman of the Calvary Hospital Board of Directors;
  • Curtis Arledge (Honoree);
  • John Gambling, Host of “The John Gambling Show” on AM 970 Radio; and
  • Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund Board of Directors.

 

Photocaption #2

On May 28th, 400 people attended Calvary Hospital’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala at The Pierre in New York City. The evening raised $900,000 for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. This year, Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of the Calvary Fund, presented The Calvary Medal to Curtis Arledge, Vice Chairman & CEO, Investment Management, BNY Mellon. Pictured: Curtis Arledge (left) and Carlos M. Hernandez on stage at Calvary’s event.


 



Timothy P. Barr Appointed Executive Vice President of The Calvary Fund

BRONX, NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 – Calvary Hospital announced today Timothy P. Barr will be joining the Calvary Fund, Inc. as Executive Vice President on May 11, 2015. The Fund directs all fundraising efforts in support of the Hospital’s unique and historic mission. Mr. Barr succeeds Vincent J. Spinelli, who retired several months ago.

“We are delighted that Tim has agreed to take on and supervise the important work that the Fund does every year,” said Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO. “As Calvary continues to expand and bring our signature care to people who need it most, it is essential that we have an ambassador for the Hospital who is extremely committed to all Calvary patients and families.”

Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors, added, “We expect that Tim’s accomplishments to date and understanding of Calvary’s unique mission will help him attract increased support for all of the Hospital’s programs and services.”

Mr. Barr joins Calvary from St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey. During his 14-year tenure, Mr. Barr’s numerous accomplishments have included (but are not limited to):

BRONX, NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 – Calvary Hospital announced today Timothy P. Barr will be joining the Calvary Fund, Inc. as Executive Vice President on May 11, 2015. The Fund directs all fundraising efforts in support of the Hospital’s unique and historic mission. Mr. Barr succeeds Vincent J. Spinelli, who retired several months ago.

     “We are delighted that Tim has agreed to take on and supervise the important work that the Fund does every year,” said Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO. “As Calvary continues to expand and bring our signature care to people who need it most, it is essential that we have an ambassador for the Hospital who is extremely committed to all Calvary patients and families.”

     Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors, added, “We expect that Tim’s accomplishments to date and understanding of Calvary’s unique mission will help him attract increased support for all of the Hospital’s programs and services.”

    Mr. Barr joins Calvary from St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey. During his 14-year tenure, Mr. Barr’s numerous accomplishments have included (but are not limited to):

  • Directing all facets of a $50 million Capital Campaign, the most ambitious in the hospital’s history;
  • Securing multiple major gifts from $1-$5 million for the medical center;
  • Increasing fundraising from the hospital’s annual gala and Golf Outing to record levels;
  • Creating a Leadership Giving Society which has produced $1 million annually for the past 13 years in support of the Hospital’s Annual Fund; and
  • Establishing partnerships and signature special events with other organizations to support St. Joseph’s programs and services.

    Previously, Mr. Barr has also held fundraising positions of increasing responsibility with:

WNET/Thirteen (Director of Development), Pace University (Executive Director-Office of Institutional Advancement), Fordham University School of Law (Director of Development), Manhattan College (Director of Alumni Relations), New York University (Director of Alumni Relations), and Fordham University (Assistant Director of Alumni Relations).

    Mr. Barr is extremely active in civic and community groups in Upper Montclair, NJ, where he and his family reside. The list of his board memberships, committee participation, and honors are very extensive. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Serving on the Montclair Board of Education
  • Board of Trustees for the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit
  • Chair of Montclair’s 4th of July Celebration and Parade Announcer
  • Board of Trustees of the Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts
  • Serving on the board of the Montclair Community Pre-K
  • Board of Trustees for the Families of September 11/Children of September

Mr. Barr was graduated from Fordham University with a master’s degree in Public Affairs and a bachelor’s of arts degree in Political Economy.

 

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.

 

 

 

 

 



Catholic Health World

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is saying about us!

Their March 15th issue spotlights Calvary. To see all of the stories, go to:

http://www.chausa.org/publications/catholic-health-world/archives/issues/march-15-2015/calvary-makes-each-day-count-for-the-dying-under-its-care

See what Catholic Health World

is saying about us!

Their March 15th issue spotlights Calvary. To see all of the stories, go to:

http://www.chausa.org/publications/catholic-health-world/archives/issues/march-15-2015/calvary-makes-each-day-count-for-the-dying-under-its-care




1.) The Dawn Greene Hospice is officially dedicated
10-bed Hospice Made Possible by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

BRONX, NY, October 2014 – The Dawn Greene Hospice, a 10-bed facility located on the 15th Floor of Mary Manning Walsh Home (MMW) on the Upper East Side, was officially dedicated and blessed at an October 1st ceremony by the Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan.

Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors and a member of the ArchCare Board of Trustees presided at the event with remarks by Sr. Sean William O’Brien, O.Carm, Executive Director, MMW, and Christina McInerney, President & CEO, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Also present were: Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary; Scott LaRue, President, ArchCare; and many special guests.

“My mother understood the importance of making Calvary care more available to people in this great city,” said Ms. McInerney. “The Dawn Greene Hospice is truly the fulfillment of her dream.”

“Calvary is honored to collaborate with Mary Manning Walsh Walsh Home on this wonderful project,” said Mr. Calamari. “We are both mission-driven organizations committed to delivering the best possible care to our patients.”

This facility was made possible by a $4 million gift from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation to ArchCare, for the benefit of Calvary Hospital. Mrs. McInerney’s mother, Dawn Greene, was a strong champion of Calvary’s mission for more than a decade. She was committed to the Hospital’s desire to establish a stronger presence in Manhattan. When Mrs. Greene passed away in 2010, she left Calvary an unrestricted bequest of $5 million for its general operating expenses, the largest gift the Hospital has ever received. These two gifts will ensure that Calvary care is more accessible to those who need it most.

“The Dawn Greene Hospice could not have happened without the support and tireless efforts of many people, including The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Mary Manning Walsh Home, ArchCare, the Calvary Hospital Board and the Calvary Fund Board,” remarked Dr. Fahey. “We are very grateful that this beautiful hospice can now serve the people of New York.”

Calvary Hospice is a Medicare/Medicaid certified program that provides comprehensive palliative and end-of-life care for patients with advanced cancer and life-limiting illnesses. It will provide short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, for patients whose symptoms and care needs cannot be met in the home setting.

The patient care program includes: a fulltime Calvary Hospice Medical Director who is Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care; Hospice and Palliative Care trained staff in nursing, social work and spiritual care; 10 newly renovated private rooms with private bathrooms;
complimentary cable television and phone service; state-of-the-art patient care equipment; family room with refrigerator, microwave oven, and coffee maker; and 24/7 visiting hours.

The Dawn Greene Hospice is a partnership between Calvary and MMW. Both are part of ArchCare, the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York.

“We are delighted to work with Calvary on this meaningful project,” said Sr. Sean. “The Carmelite tradition of providing innovative and patient-focused care to the most vulnerable among us – the elderly -- is aligned perfectly with Calvary’s core values of compassion, care, dignity, and non-abandonment.”

“ArchCare’s mission is to foster and provide faith based holistic care to frail and elderly people unable to fully care for themselves, and their families,” reported Scott LaRue, President and CEO, ArchCare. “We are proud that this partnership will bring Calvary back to its roots in Manhattan, where they were founded more than 115 years ago.”

ArchCare at Mary Manning Walsh Home has long been the residence of choice for families on Manhattan’s East Side seeking top-quality residential care and short-term rehabilitation for those they love. Mary Manning Walsh Home cares for people of all faiths and spiritual preferences in an atmosphere of grace and elegance.

Jerome L. Greene, a New York real estate attorney and philanthropist, founded the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to furthering the causes of education, the arts, health and social justice, in 1978. His widow, Dawn Greene, headed the Foundation until her death in 2010. Christina McInerney, Dawn Greene’s daughter, is now President and CEO. She joined the Foundation’s Board in 1999 and became its executive director in 2002.

To learn more about ArchCare and the Mary Manning Walsh Home, visit: https://www.archcare.org.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

CAPTION ONE

On October 1, 2014, Calvary Hospital officially dedicated The Dawn Greene Hospice, a 10-bed unit, located on the 15th Floor of Mary Manning Walsh Home (MMW) on the Upper East Side. The Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, was on hand for the milestone occasion. Pictured (left to right)

  • Scott LaRue, President, ArchCare;
  • Steven J. Golub, past Chairman, Calvary Fund Board of Directors;
  • Nancy D’Agostino, VP, Community Patient Services, Calvary;
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary;
  • His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan;
  • Christina McInerney, President & CEO, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation;
  • Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors; and
  • Sr. Sean William O’Brien, O.Carm, Executive Director, MMW.

CAPTION TWO

On October 1, 2014, Calvary Hospital officially dedicated The Dawn Greene Hospice, a 10-bed unit, located on the 15th Floor of Mary Manning Walsh Home (MMW) on the Upper East Side. The Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, was on hand for the milestone occasion. Pictured: Cardinal Dolan blessing the chapel.

CAPTION THREE

On October 1, 2014, Calvary Hospital officially dedicated The Dawn Greene Hospice, a 10-bed unit, located on the 15th Floor of Mary Manning Walsh Home (MMW) on the Upper East Side. The Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, was on hand for the milestone occasion. Pictured: Christina McInerney, President & CEO, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation and His Eminence.



CAPTION FOUR

On October 1, 2014, Calvary Hospital officially dedicated The Dawn Greene Hospice, a 10-bed unit, located on the 15th Floor of Mary Manning Walsh Home (MMW) on the Upper East Side. The Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, was on hand for the milestone occasion. Pictured: Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors (left), and Steven J. Golub, past Chairman, Calvary Fund Board of Directors (right).



2.) Calvary Hospital and Yeshiva University Form Collaboration to Serve Orthodox Community

BRONX,NY, November 13, 2012 –CalvaryHospitalandYeshivaUniversity’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) today announced a collaboration to serve the needs of observant Jews in the metropolitan area who need information and access to the best end-of-life care.

Jewish families seeking halachically appropriate, highest quality end-of-life medical care often lack familiarity with the intricate religious laws that govern such care. To address this important need,YeshivaUniversityhas formed the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program to provide rabbinic consultation for families and community rabbis. It includes:

  • A rabbinic panel comprised of four Roshei Yeshiva who have extensive experience with end-of-life halachic issues. Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler, will serve on a rotating basis as pre-hospice advisors, answering questions from patients’ families and community rabbis after a physician has recommended that an individual receive hospice care.
  • A panel of physicians associated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine ofYeshivaUniversityand its affiliates will be available to advise community rabbis on the clinical issues surrounding the terminally ill. The medical panel includes Dr. Edward Burns, Dr. Seymour Huberfeld, Dr. Beth Popp, Dr. Edward Reichman and Dr. Robert Sidlow.

“There is a pressing need in the Orthodox community for accurate and thorough information on the conditions under which end-of-life care should be provided,” saidEdwardR.Burns, MD, executive dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine ofYeshivaUniversity.

“Regardless of where a person chooses to seek hospice care,YeshivaUniversity’s End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program is designed to answer their questions. Our decision to

collaborate withCalvaryrecognizes the unmatched quality of care that every patient receives there and the staff’s commitment to the hospital’s mission.”

“Since the Hospital was founded more than 113 years ago, Calvary has embraced the opportunity to care for people from all religious backgrounds,” said Frank A. Calamari, president and chief executive officer,CalvaryHospital. “We are confident that our collaboration withYeshivaUniversitywill provide the Orthodox community with the information they need to make therighthealthcare decisions for their loved ones.

“And if they should decide to choose Calvary home hospice care or care in our hospital, we want traditionally observant patients and families to be confident thatCalvarycare will be provided in accordance with their faith traditions.”

Calvary’s patient care model successfully addresses the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patientsandtheir families. For Jewish patients and families this includes a comprehensive range of services such as:

· Pastoral care by the Hospital’s two staff rabbis, both of whom are graduates ofYeshivaUniversity’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS);

· End-of-life counseling in accordance with Jewish tradition;

· Kosher meals andcholov yisroeldairy products available upon request;

· Kosher food pantry with two microwave ovens, refrigerator and sink;

· Celebration of Shabbat and all major Jewish holidays;

· Shabbat lounge;

· Inclusion in the Einstein andPelham Parkwayeruv; and

· Being part of the Einstein andPelham Parkwaycommunities.

To learn more aboutCalvary, go towww.calvaryhospital.org.

Founded in 1896, RIETS is the leading center for education and ordination of Orthodox Rabbis inNorth America. To learn more about the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program, go tohttp://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care.

CalvaryHospitalis the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn,Calvaryis the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually byCalvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter,CalvaryLife, please go towww.calvaryhospital.org.


3.) Calvary Honors Peter Acerios, RN with DAISY Award

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2015 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Peter Acerios, RN, a nurse at their Brooklyn Satellite in Lutheran Medical Center, with the DAISY Award. Nurses recognized with this quarterly award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

Peter, 29, received numerous nominations by fellow nurses as well as family members of Calvary patients. Some of the nomination included the following two comments:

  • “The most kind, caring and compassionate nurse/person I have ever met. My husband has spent most of the last three years in and out of some of the finest hospitals in New York. In that time, I have met some wonderful nurses but no one compares to Peter. He has gone above and beyond his duties in caring for my husband and I so appreciate all of his efforts in keeping my husband comfortable and well cared for.”
  • “Peter takes every opportunity to not only improve his patient’s condition, but nurture their spirits as well. It is my feeling his commitment to excellence coupled with his caring and compassionate nature makes him an ideal candidate for the Daisy Award.”

Peter began working at Calvary Hospital in 2013, four months after he received his nursing degree from the College of Staten Island. He chose this field after a friend’s mother, knowing that he was seeking a meaningful career, pointed out that this would be a good match for his caring personality. Peter’s hobbies include working on his car, a 1990 Mustang, and surfing in Long Beach Island, NJ. Peter is a native of Staten Island, where he currently resides.


DAISY (www.daisyfoundation.org) is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The foundation was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications related to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick really liked Cinnabons at the end of his life and always made sure there was enough of this culinary treat for all the nurses in his unit. As a result, all DAISY honorees are treated to Cinnabons at every presentation. Each hospital also receives a special banner to hang in the recipient’s unit as a way to celebrate the DAISY Award honors and the nursing profession.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.



Calvary recently recognized Peter Acerios, RN with the DAISY Award, a prestigious honor in the nursing profession. He is pictured with Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS, RN Administrator of Calvary Hospital-Brooklyn Campus, where he works.

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2015 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Peter Acerios, RN, a nurse at their Brooklyn Satellite in Lutheran Medical Center, with the DAISY Award. Nurses recognized with this quarterly award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

Peter, 29, received numerous nominations by fellow nurses as well as family members of Calvary patients. Some of the nomination included the following two comments:

  • “The most kind, caring and compassionate nurse/person I have ever met. My husband has spent most of the last three years in and out of some of the finest hospitals in New York. In that time, I have met some wonderful nurses but no one compares to Peter. He has gone above and beyond his duties in caring for my husband and I so appreciate all of his efforts in keeping my husband comfortable and well cared for.”
  • “Peter takes every opportunity to not only improve his patient’s condition, but nurture their spirits as well. It is my feeling his commitment to excellence coupled with his caring and compassionate nature makes him an ideal candidate for the Daisy Award.”

Peter began working at Calvary Hospital in 2013, four months after he received his nursing degree from the College of Staten Island. He chose this field after a friend’s mother, knowing that he was seeking a meaningful career, pointed out that this would be a good match for his caring personality. Peter’s hobbies include working on his car, a 1990 Mustang, and surfing in Long Beach Island, NJ. Peter is a native of Staten Island, where he currently resides.


DAISY (www.daisyfoundation.org) is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The foundation was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications related to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick really liked Cinnabons at the end of his life and always made sure there was enough of this culinary treat for all the nurses in his unit. As a result, all DAISY honorees are treated to Cinnabons at every presentation. Each hospital also receives a special banner to hang in the recipient’s unit as a way to celebrate the DAISY Award honors and the nursing profession.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.



Calvary recently recognized Peter Acerios, RN with the DAISY Award, a prestigious honor in the nursing profession. He is pictured with Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS, RN Administrator of Calvary Hospital-Brooklyn Campus, where he works.



4.) Calvary Honors Charmaine Bramwell and Lorraine Vega with "Catch A Star" and "Excellence" Awards

Bronx Residents Honored for their Professional Excellence


BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2015 – Calvary Hospital recently honored two Bronx residents with the “Catch A Star” and “Excellence” Awards.

Charmaine Bramwell, CCT II, was presented with the “Catch A Star” Award. She is a 24 year veteran of Calvary. She began working as a Nurse’s Aide and later graduated as a Cancer Care Technician. Some of her nomination forms from colleagues and patients’ family members included comments such as:

  • Charmaine shows so much love towards patients, staff and visitors. She is a team player and is always willing to help. She paid particular attention to a patient who had been with Calvary for an extended period of time. Charmaine helped her celebrate the holidays during our Café Noel celebration and even went out of her way to ensure that the patient was dressed in a holiday outfit.
  • Charmaine is very special to me and my Dad. She was very caring and listened to our needs and concerns. She went out of her way to see that my Dad was comfortable. She talked to me during moments of stress - related to my father’s condition.

During her spare time, Charmaine enjoys home decorating. She resides in The Bronx with her family.

Lorraine Vega, a 7-year veteran, was presented with the Unit Secretary “Excellence” Award. She began working as a File Clerk in the Finance Department and currently holds the position of Unit Secretary.

Some of her nomination forms from colleagues and patients’ family members included the following comments:

  • Lorraine is always willing to help family and staff alike, she has a great sense of humor. She is an asset to everyone around her.
  • Lorraine is excellent, she goes out of her way to assist patients and family members with their needs, Lorraine is a great team player and is always there to help us out. She brightens my day with her smile, she is a very caring and loving young lady, she is amazing.

Lorraine is currently a student at Purchase College/State University of New York, and is looking forward to obtaining her Master’s Degree in Biology. Lorraine enjoys kickboxing and archery during her spare time. She resides in the Bronx with her family.

The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative staff) who demonstrate the Hospital’s Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and family members. Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

PHOTOCAPTION
Calvary recognized Lorraine Vega and Charmaine Bramwell with the “Excellence” and “Catch A Star” Awards respectively.
Pictured left to right:

  • Lorraine Vega, (Honoree);
  • Marilyn Crockett, RN, Patient Service Manager; and
  • Charmaine Bramwell, CCT II (Honoree).

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.





5.) Jim O'Hara Joins the Calvary Fund Board of Directors

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2015 – Calvary Hospital has announced that Jim O’Hara has joined the Board of Directors for the Calvary Fund, which directs all fundraising efforts in support of the Hospital’s unique and historic mission.

“Having board members with a strong commitment to Calvary’s unique mission is essential to our future success,” said Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman, Calvary Fund Board of Directors. “We are confident that Jim’s broad business experience will help us increase the breadth and depth of our outreach on the important work that Calvary does every day.”

Mr. O’Hara is a seasoned executive with three decades of experience in finance, product and operations management, leading companies in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas. In 2012, he joined the 92nd Street Y, the 140-year-old world-renowned cultural and community center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Currently, he serves as Associate Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer. In less than 24 months, Mr. O’Hara has led a significant financial turnaround at this beloved institution. He has provided leadership on values-based innovations such as Giving Tuesday, which was founded and introduced to our global community by 92Y.

Previously, Mr. O’Hara was a senior executive at the Nielsen Company, the world’s leading media measurement brand. During his 13-year tenure, Nielsen’s enterprise value increased from $4 billion to $20 billion. Mr. O’Hara helped Nielsen successfully transition from a public company to private equity, and again to public company, delivering significant increases in shareholder value.

Mr. O’Hara graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Jim and his wife Susan reside in Rockville Centre, New York with their three children, and are actively involved in St. Agnes Cathedral parish and various community activities.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.


Calvary Hospital Honors New Jersey Resident with 2015 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award

BRONX, NEW YORK, March 2015 -- Calvary Hospital recently honored Filipina nurse, Belen Gonzalez, a 28-year veteran, with the 2015 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award. The award, which has been bestowed since 1988, was created to honor the memory of long-time employee, Meviar Smith. Until her death in 1987, Meviar was famous for her loyalty, conscientious work ethic, and dedication to the patients at Calvary Hospital. 

This year’s selection committee felt that Belen best demonstrated the qualities for which Meviar was known. Sample comments from many nominations about Belen:

  • She is a role model to both her peers and subordinates. She embodies the spirit, qualities and characteristics of Ms. Meviar Smith and deserves to be recognized for her perseverance, endurance and hard work selflessly caring for Calvary Hospital’s sick and dying patients. She inspires us all and I feel honored knowing her.
  • She is dedicated, selfless, hardworking always reports to work with a smile on her face. She shows up to work with a can do attitude and caring nature.
  • She has weathered numerous overwhelming and insurmountable personal, medical and professional tragedies yet never complains or feels sorry for herself.
  • She puts patients first and is very caring towards the staff. Belen will not leave a patient side until that patient is made to feel comfortable and safe.

Belen was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Cebu City. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cebu Velez College of Nursing in 1978, she worked as a staff nurse at Velez Hospital in Medical Surgery and Labor and Delivery.


Belen immigrated to the United States in 1981. She worked briefly at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ then at Grand Manor HRF Bronx, NY as a charge nurse and briefly as a supervisor. In 1987, Belen joined Calvary Hospital a staff nurse on the day shift. Three years ago, she transferred to the night shift.

In her spare time, Belen enjoys baking, gardening, listening to music, travel and spending time with family and friends. She resides in New Jersey with her family.

 

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.

 

1st PHOTOCAPTION (Pictured from left to right):

  • Father Chux C. Okochi, PhD, MA, Director of Pastoral Care, Calvary Hospital;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director;
  • Belen Gonzalez, RN (Honoree); and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO.


 




3.) Calvary Honors Peter Acerios, RN with DAISY Award
Staten Island Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse
BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2015 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Peter Acerios, RN, a nurse at their Brooklyn Satellite in Lutheran Medical Center, with the DAISY Award. Nurses recognized with this quarterly award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2015 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Peter Acerios, RN, a nurse at their Brooklyn Satellite in Lutheran Medical Center, with the DAISY Award. Nurses recognized with this quarterly award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

         Peter, 29, received numerous nominations by fellow nurses as well as family members of Calvary patients. Some of the nomination included the following two comments:

  • “The most kind, caring and compassionate nurse/person I have ever met. My husband has spent most of the last three years in and out of some of the finest hospitals in New York. In that time, I have met some wonderful nurses but no one compares to Peter. He has gone above and beyond his duties in caring for my husband and I so appreciate all of his efforts in keeping my husband comfortable and well cared for.”
  • “Peter takes every opportunity to not only improve his patient’s condition, but nurture their spirits as well. It is my feeling his commitment to excellence coupled with his caring and compassionate nature makes him an ideal candidate for the Daisy Award.”

         Peter began working at Calvary Hospital in 2013, four months after he received his nursing degree from the College of Staten Island. He chose this field after a friend’s mother, knowing that he was seeking a meaningful career, pointed out that this would be a good match for his caring personality. Peter’s hobbies include working on his car, a 1990 Mustang, and surfing in Long Beach Island, NJ. Peter is a native of Staten Island, where he currently resides.


DAISY (www.daisyfoundation.org) is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The foundation was formed in January, 2000, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications related to Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Patrick really liked Cinnabons at the end of his life and always made sure there was enough of this culinary treat for all the nurses in his unit. As a result, all DAISY honorees are treated to Cinnabons at every presentation. Each hospital also receives a special banner to hang in the recipient’s unit as a way to celebrate the DAISY Award honors and the nursing profession.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.



Calvary recently recognized Peter Acerios, RN with the DAISY Award, a prestigious honor in the nursing profession. He is pictured with Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS, RN Administrator of Calvary Hospital-Brooklyn Campus, where he works.

 




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1.) The Dawn Greene Hospice is officially dedicated - 10-bed Hospice Made Possible by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

2.) Calvary Hospital and Yeshiva University Form Collaboration to Serve Orthodox Community

3.) Calvary Honors Peter Acerios, RN with DAISY Award

4.) Calvary Honors Charmaine Bramwell and Lorraine Vega with "Catch A Star" and "Excellence" Awards

5.) Jim O'Hara Joins the Calvary Fund Board of Directors

Calvary Hospital Honors New Jersey Resident with 2015 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award

3.) Calvary Honors Peter Acerios, RN with DAISY Award - Staten Island Resident Honored for His Excellence as a Nurse

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