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CALVARY HELPS EDUCATE COMMUNITY RABBIS

CALVARY HELPS EDUCATE COMMUNITY RABBIS

Event timed with Parshas Vayechi and TEAM Shabbos Movement

BRONX, NY, January 12, 2017 – Calvary and the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK) joined forces again today at the Hospital’s Bronx campus, to educate more than 30 community rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains, from across the greater New York area.

The event focused on: 1) Advanced Directives in Halacha, 2) Pain Management, Delirium and Palliative Care, 3) Hydration and Nutrition, and 4) The Hospital Chaplain as a liaison to the community rabbi.


The attendees learned key medical information needed to provide accurate information to people seeking advice for loved ones or themselves. The speakers at Calvary’s event included:

  • Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, NASCK;

  • Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Yeshiva University;

  • Rabbi Hershel Welcher, Congregation Ahavas Yisroel;

  • Edward Reichman, MD, Montefiore Hospital;

  • Calvary physicians Michael J. Brescia, Robert Brescia and Christopher Comfort; and

  • Rabbi Harold Stern, Calvary Chaplain

During the upcoming Shabbat on January 14th, hundreds of communities nationwide will focus on Parshas Vayechi, and participate in NASCK’s annual TEAM Shabbos program to spotlight issues surrounding serious illness and the end of life. To learn more about Calvary Care for Jewish patients, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org/pastoralcare. To learn more about Team Shabbos, visit www.TeamShabbos.org.

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 and NASCK joined together for the 3rd time to host an educational event for more than 30 rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains focused on “Medical Halakha at the End of Life.” The speakers included (left to right pictured above): Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, Montefiore Hospital; Michael J. Brescia, MD, Calvary Hospital; Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Yeshiva University and Rabbi Hershel Welcher, Congregation Ahavas Yisroel.


Calvary hosted an educational event on January 12th on Medical Halacha at the End of Life that attracted more than 30 attendees from synagogues and rabbinic schools from across the metro-NY area. Pictured: Rabbi Mordechai Willig speaking at the event.



Rabbi Hershel Welcher, Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, speaking at Calvary’s recent event on “Medical Halacha at the End of Life.”



Calvary Hospital and NASCK joined together for the 3rd time to host an educational event for more than 30 rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains focused on “Medical Halacha at the End of Life.”



Calvary offers Education for Community Rabbis
 

BRONX, NY, December 2016 – Calvary Hospital, together with will the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK), will host another event for community rabbis on their Bronx campus on:

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:00 am to noon, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461.

Event timed with Parshas Vayechi and TEAM Shabbos Movement

BRONX, NY, December 2016 – Calvary Hospital, together with will the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK), will host another event for community rabbis on their Bronx campus on:

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:00 am to noon, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461.

To RSVP, call (718) 518-2289 or email yrivera@calvaryhospital.org by Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The Jewish community will focus on Parsha Vayechi, which deals with death, on Saturday, January 14, 2017. NASCK will also be ushering in the annual TEAM Shabbos program to spotlight issues surrounding serious illness and the end of life.


This event will focus on four topics: 1) Advanced Directives in Halacha, 2) The Appropriateness of Hospice/Palliative Care for a patient’s pain management, 3) Hydration/ Nutrition/Medication, and 4) How to navigate tensions between families and medical staff.


The objective of this event is to help community rabbis, rabbinic students and chaplains learn medical knowledge they should know especially on end-of-life issues, in order to provide accurate counsel, and to help families learn the right questions to ask, so that they can make the right decisions for their loved ones. The event will cover questions such as (but not limited to):

  • What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

  • How can we be sensitive as we care for elderly parents?

  • What issues – including psychological ones -- can come up at the end of life?

  • How much should we tell patients about their prognosis?

  • What are basic medical terms to know especially as it relates to EOL?

  • What are living wills and advanced directives? What is appropriate?

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 In Touch Newsletter

We recently published our January/February 2017 issue of our bereavement newsletter Calvary In Touch. Calvary In Touch is a publication dedicated to grief education, support and the offer of hope for those grieving the death of a love one.

Click here to read more: http://www.calvaryhospital.org/…/Calvary%20in%20Touch%20JAN…

We recently published our January/February 2017 issue of our bereavement newsletter Calvary In Touch. Calvary In Touch is a publication dedicated to grief education, support and the offer of hope for those grieving the death of a love one.

Click here to read more: http://www.calvaryhospital.org/atf/cf/%7B3BCA17BA-DAEE-4731-849C-F7A7D100974B%7D/Calvary%20in%20Touch%20JAN-FEB%202017.pdf


Calvary Publishes 2016 Editions of Hospital's Newsletters

BRONX, NY, December 2016 – Calvary Hospital has published the Fall 2016 editions of their two newsletters – Crossroads and Foresight – written for patients, families, friends, donors, and supporters of the Hospital.


Crossroads
provides an overview of the Hospital’s program, services, fund-raising activities, employee news and honors, as well as family and bereavement support programs. To read the new issue, please click here


Foresight
focuses on planned giving opportunities in support of Calvary’s mission. To read the new issue, please click here


To download a copy of Crossroads or to learn more about Calvary programs and services, you may log on to www.calvaryhospital.org. To request a copy by mail and to have your name added to the mailing list, please call (718) 518-2289 or e-mail yrivera@calvaryhospital.org.


To download a copy of Foresight or to learn more about planned giving opportunities, you may log on to www.calvaryhospital.org. If you would like to request a copy by mail and have your name added to the mailing list, please call (718) 518-2110 or e-mail ekougasian@calvaryhospital.org.


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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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.

 



Press Ganey Honors Calvary for Eleven Consecutive Years

BRONX, NEW YORK, December 2016 – For the 11th straight year, each year since the introduction of an awards program, Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has recognized Calvary for the Hospital’s consistent highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years. The Press Ganey Summit Award was first given out in 2006. Calvary received this award every year that it was given. In 2013, Press Ganey retired the Summit award and debuted two new awards, the Beacon of Excellence and Guardian of Excellence Awards.

· The Guardian of Excellence Award honors clients who have reached the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction and is awarded annually based on one year of data.

· THE Beacon of Excellence Award is given to the top performing organizations on the basis of extraordinary achievement. This award recognizes clients who have maintained consistently high levels of excellence over three years in patient satisfaction.

· The only hospital in New York to achieve a PINNACLE AWARD.

Calvary Hospital has again been awarded both the Beacon of Excellence and Guardian of Excellence Awards!

Press Ganey currently partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities -- including nearly 50% of U.S. hospitals -- to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry, and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations. To date, Calvary’s many accolades include the following:

  • An unbroken track record of accreditation from The Joint Commission for Calvary

    Hospital and Calvary@Home (Home Care and Hospice);

  • 2012 Circle of Life Award®;

  • Eleven consecutive Press Ganey Summit or Beacon Awards, ever since these awards were first given out in 2006 and 2013, respectively;

  • Being designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2005 as an “international center for training in palliative care”; and
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization places Calvary@Home above state and national averages in important patient issues such as relief of pain and patient education. 
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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 Hosts Ribbon Cutting For Renovated Nurses Lounges

Generous Gift from The Pat Cairo Family Foundation makes renovation possible

BRONX, NY, December 1, 2016 -- Calvary Hospital hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting yesterday for the four nurses lounges that they recently renovated at their 200-bed Bronx campus. On hand were Joe Cairo, members of his extended family and board members of The Pat Cairo Family Foundation.

Mr. Cairo’s wife, Pat, was a patient at Calvary in 1995 for nearly 3 months. After she passed away, Mr. Cairo was instrumental in getting the End-of-Life law passed in the New York State legislature to ensure that terminally ill people who wanted Calvary’s signature care could get it, he also founded a foundation in honor of his wife’s memory.

In the 20 years since it was formed, the foundation has raised more than $1,915,000 million dollars for Calvary. In March 2016, the Foundation donated $75,000 specifically to renovate the four staff/nurses’ lounges at the Bronx Campus. This amount was in addition to their annual $100,000 gift for the Hospital’s general support.

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 hosted a ribbon cutting yesterday for the four nurses lounges that they recently renovated at their 200-bed Bronx campus. A generous $75,000 gift from The Pat Cairo Family Foundation made the renovations possible. Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital (far left) is pictured with members of the Cairo family (left to right):

Lisa Cairo, Joe Cairo, Audrey Esposito, Michael Cairo, and Shane O’Neil.


 

Pictured: Joe Cairo with Cathy Kalinski (left) and Mary Schnepf (right), two nurses who helped care for his wife, Pat, when she was a patient 21 years ago.


 

Pictured: Joe Cairo (seated) and his three children (Lisa, Michael and Shane) with several Calvary nurses in one of the four renovated nurse’s lounges at the Bronx campus.


    

Pictured: Joe Cairo flanked by Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director (left) and Bill Wilson, President & CEO, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York and Calvary Fund board member.



Catholic Health World Spotlights Calvary Hospital

The current issue of Catholic Health World spotlights Calvary’s extensive bereavement support program.
To read the story, please go to:

https://www.chausa.org/publications/catholic-health-world/archives/issues/november-15-2016/variety-of-grief-support-groups-lead-bereaved-toward-acceptance

The current issue of Catholic Health World spotlights Calvary’s
extensive bereavement support program. To read the story, please go to:

https://www.chausa.org/publications/catholic-health-world/archives/issues/november-15-2016/variety-of-grief-support-groups-lead-bereaved-toward-acceptance



33rd Annual Calvary Hospital Awards Gala Raises Nearly $1 Million

NEW YORK, NY, November 2016 – At their 33rd Annual Awards Gala on November 14th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, Calvary Hospital raised nearly $1,000,000 for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Sade Baderinwa, Eyewitness News Anchor, WABC-TV, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Four-time World Series Champion and New York Yankee Legend Bernie Williams performed with his All-Star Band.

Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of the Calvary Fund, and a dinner co-chair, presented The Calvary Medal to: Henry A. Fernandez. Chairman & CEO, MSCI, Inc. 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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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. You can also stay connected with www.facebook/calvaryhospital/.


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On November 14th, Calvary Hospital’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala at The Pierre in New York City raised nearly $1 million for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Pictured left to right:

  • Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund Board of Directors;
  • Henry A. Fernandez (Honoree);
  • Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman of the Calvary Hospital Board of Directors; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital.

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Pictured: Henry A. Fernandez (right) receives the Calvary medal from Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund.

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Sade Baderinwa, Eyewitness News Anchor, WABC-TV served as Master of Ceremonies at

Calvary’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala.

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Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money (left) with Henry A. Fernandez.

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Four-time World Series Champion and New York Yankee Legend Bernie Williams performed with his All-Star Band at Calvary’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala.

NEW YORK, NY, November 2016 – At their 33rd Annual Awards Gala on November 14th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, Calvary Hospital raised nearly $1,000,000 for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Sade Baderinwa, Eyewitness News Anchor, WABC-TV, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Four-time World Series Champion and New York Yankee Legend Bernie Williams performed with his All-Star Band.


Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of the Calvary Fund, and a dinner co-chair, presented The Calvary Medal to: Henry A. Fernandez. Chairman & CEO, MSCI, Inc. 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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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. You can also stay connected with www.facebook/calvaryhospital/.


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On November 14th, Calvary Hospital’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala at The Pierre in New York City raised nearly $1 million for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Pictured left to right:

  • Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund Board of Directors;
  • Henry A. Fernandez (Honoree);
  • Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman of the Calvary Hospital Board of Directors; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital.

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Pictured: Henry A. Fernandez (right) receives the Calvary medal from Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund.

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Sade Baderinwa, Eyewitness News Anchor, WABC-TV served as Master of Ceremonies at

Calvary’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala.

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Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money (left) with Henry A. Fernandez.

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Four-time World Series Champion and New York Yankee Legend Bernie Williams performed with his All-Star Band at Calvary’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala.



See what News12 The Bronx is saying about us!

Calvary restores 135-year-old Torah.
Click on the link below to view segment on News12 The Bronx.

Experts took the 100-foot-long Torah and restored its

http://bronx.news12.com/news/135-year-old-torah-restored-at-calvary-hospital-1.12595715

 Calvary restores 135-year-old Torah.
Click on the link below to view segment on News12 The Bronx.

Experts took the 100-foot-long Torah and restored its

 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-gJd70JrGpYS19uc09QanNZckE



Calvary Dedicates Historic Torah Scroll Following Yearlong Effort

135-Year-Old Scroll Now Kosher Enough for Use in Worship

BRONX, NY, November 10, 2016 -- At a poignant ceremony on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Calvary Hospital dedicated a restored 135-year-old Torah scroll that is itself a Holocaust survivor. This Torah scroll -- dating from 1880 -- is originally from the town of Taus-Domazlice, in what is now known as The Czech Republics. Since 1988, it has been on permanent loan to Calvary from

the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

135-Year-Old Scroll Now Kosher Enough for Use in Worship

BRONX, NY, November 10, 2016 -- At a poignant ceremony on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Calvary Hospital dedicated a restored 135-year-old Torah scroll that is itself a Holocaust survivor. This Torah scroll -- dating from 1880 -- is originally from the town of Taus-Domazlice, in what is now known as The Czech Republics. Since 1988, it has been on permanent loan to Calvary from

the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

On hand for this historic and first-time Calvary event, were Jeffrey Ohrenstein, Executive Chairman/Trustee of the Memorial Scrolls Trust and Rabbi Levi Selwyn of Sofer On Site, the company who handled the restoration.

“I am so delighted to be here for this joyous and meaningful event,” said Mr. Ohrenstein. “Calvary could have easily commissioned a brand new sefer Torah. Instead they chose to take the time, effort and considerably more expense to breathe new life into this historic scroll. Now, all Calvary patients, families and staff will be able to benefit from this effort.”

“Since our earliest years, Calvary has embraced the opportunity to care for patients from all faith backgrounds,” said Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital. “Once we found out that this scroll needed extensive repairs, there was no doubt that we would do whatever was needed to complete this important task.”

Thanks to early significant support from the Charles R. and Winifred R. Weber Foundation, Calvary launched the restoration in November 2015. To date, this initiative has raised more than $100,000. Once all restoration expenses have been covered, remaining funds will benefit all

patients and families under Calvary's care. To support this important initiative, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org/torahrestoration


During World War II, the Nazis confiscated 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. There are an estimated 1,000 in the U.S. alone. The vast majority have been loaned to recipients firmly planted in the Jewish community such as synagogues, camps, yeshivas, day schools and community centers. Calvary's scroll, No. 515, is one of only 20 in the greater New York area today and one of just a handful that have gone to non-Jewish recipients. To learn more about the Trust, visit: www.memorialscrollstrust.org.

Jewish patients and families at Calvary have many amenities at their fingertips. Three rabbis at Calvary care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients 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.


The Hospital’s outreach to the Jewish community, and the Torah restoration, have been spearheaded by Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director.


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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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.


CAPTION

Exactly one year ago, Michael J. Brescia, MD, wrote the first ceremonial letter in the Torah restoration that Calvary started in 2015. On November 9th, Dr. Brescia wrote the last letter in this meaningful project.

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Seated: Dr. Brescia (left) with Rabbi Levi Selwyn (right). Standing (left to right): Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger (Calvary Hospital); Jeffrey Ohrenstein (Memorial Scrolls Trust); and Fr. Eric Cruz (Catholic Charities).

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Close up of Dr. Brescia and Rabbi Selwyn, as the last letter is written.


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After Calvary dedicated the restored scroll, a procession brought the sefer Torah back to the ark in the Hospital’s multi-faith chapel.

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More than 80 people attended Calvary’s dedication ceremony for the Torah scroll that they restored over the past year.

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See what The Jewish Week is saying about us!

In the Nov. 4th issue of The Jewish Week, Calvary Hospital is profiled in a large feature story.

The article also discusses our restoration of a sacred 135-year-old Torah scroll.


To read the story. please go to:

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york/sign-life-place-dying

In the Nov. 4th issue of The Jewish Week, Calvary Hospital
is profiled in a large feature story.

The article also discusses our restoration of a sacred
135-year-old Torah scroll.


To read the story. please go to:

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york/sign-life-place-dying




Calvary Hosts 10th Annual Spiritual Care Day

BRONX, NY – Calvary Hospital hosted its 10th Annual Spiritual Care Day -- “Sacred Encounters: Bridging Hope and Faith” -- on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. This milestone event was the first time that the Hospital collaborated with Fordham’s Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center and the Collaborative for Palliative Care. The audience was comprised of more than 100 chaplains, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals from throughout the greater New York area. Event highlights included:

  • Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD, Director of the Spirituality Institute, and Professor of Religious Studies at Iona College, who spoke on “Dialogues about Spirituality: Perspectives of Thomas Merton.”
  • Mark P. Freeman, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, College of the Holy Cross, who spoke on “The Sacred Beauty of Finite Life: Encountering the Changing Face of the Other.”
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital, who spoke on “The Concept of Sacred Space” and highlighted the Hospital’s unique mission and history.

Experts led workshops such as: Mindfulness/Complementary Clinical Modalities; Sacred Space/Concept of Home for Patients near the End of Life; Research Concepts: Spirituality and Healthcare Outcomes; Psychological Suffering and Delirium at the End of Life; and Medical Aid-in-Dying.

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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.

CAPTION ONE & TWO

At Calvary’s 10th Annual Spiritual Care Day, plenary sessions were given by speakers such as:

Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD, Iona College; Mark P. Freeman, PhD, College of the Holy Cross; and Michael J. Brescia, MD, Calvary Hospital.


Pictured left to right:

  • Fr. Chux Okochi, PhD, Calvary Hospital;
  • Rabbia Terri Harris, Community of Living Traditions;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Calvary Hospital; and
  • Mark P. Freeman, PhD, College of the Holy Cross.


Pictured left to right:

  • Fr. Eric Cruz, Catholic Charities;
  • Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD, Iona College; and
  • Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD, Fordham GHIM Center and Collaborative for Palliative Care.

CAPTION THREE TO FIVE

For its 10th Annual Spiritual Care Day, “Sacred Encounters: Bridging Hope and Faith,” Calvary Hospital collaborated for the first time with the Fordham University Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center and the Collaborative for Palliative Care. The event attracted chaplains, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health care professionals, from across the greater New York area.


Pictured are some of the attendees.



Calvary Hospital Hosts 13th Annual Attorney Conference

CALVARY HOSPITAL HOSTS

13th ANNUAL ATTORNEY CONFERENCE

Hospital Event Brings in New York’s Top Trusts & Estates Attorneys

BRONX, NY, September 2016 – On Thursday, September 29, Calvary Hospital hosted its 13th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This invitation only event attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. Over the past decade, Calvary’s attorney conference has earned a reputation

Hospital Event Brings in New York’s Top Trusts & Estates Attorneys

BRONX, NY, September 2016 – On Thursday, September 29, Calvary Hospital hosted its 13th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This invitation only event attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. Over the past decade, Calvary’s attorney conference has earned a reputation as a must-attend event for trusts and estates practitioners.

This year’s “Ethics for Breakfast” program, moderated by New York County Surrogate, Hon. Nora S. Anderson, was entitled “Ethical Considerations in Representing Impaired, Disabled & Abused Clients.” The panel was comprised of:

§ Robert Abrams, Esq., Executive Partner, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP;

§ Ira Salzman, Esq, Partner, Goldfarb, Abrandt, Salzman & Kutzin, LLP; and

§ Nancy S. D’Agostino, RN, MSN, Vice President, Community Patient Services, Calvary Hospital.

The conference is organized by Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC). The PAC was established by the Calvary Fund, Inc. in 2001 to assist the Board of Directors and staff in securing the financial support required to operate the country’s only acute care specialty hospital dedicated to the palliative care of adult advanced cancer patients. PAC members are volunteers from the legal, investment, accounting, insurance, and banking professions.

The conference was chaired by Michael M. Mariani, Esq., Consultant, Fiduciary Trust Company International. All attendees qualified to receive two CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits in Ethics and Professionalism.


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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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

Calvary’s 13th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference in New York City on September 29th attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. This year’s “Ethics for Breakfast” program, moderated by New York County Surrogate, Hon. Nora S. Anderson, was entitled “Ethical Considerations in Representing Impaired, Disabled & Abused Clients.” Pictured (left to right) are: Ira Salzman, Esq, Partner, Goldfarb, Abrandt, Salzman & Kutzin, LLP; Robert Abrams, Esq., Executive Partner, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP; Hon. Nora S Anderson; Nancy S. D’Agostino, RN, MSN, Vice President, Community Patient Services, Calvary Hospital;

Michael J.A. Smith, Fiduciary Consultant; Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital; and Michael M. Mariani (Conference Chair). Mr. Smith is Chairman of Calvary Hospital’s Professional Advisors Council and a member of the Calvary Fund Board of Directors.


 

 

 PHOTOCAPTION #2 and #3

Calvary’s 13th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference in New York City was on “Ethical Considerations in Representing Impaired, Disabled & Abused Clients.” Pictured are a few photos from the conference.



Calvary Hosts Final Letter Writting Event for Restoration of Historic Torah

Torah Dedication scheduled for November 9th

BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2016 – On September 25, Calvary Hospital hosted its third and final letter writing event for the restoration of a historic Torah scroll that is housed at its Bronx campus. Once completed, this scroll will once again be kosher for use in services and Jewish rituals. Rabbi Levi Selwyn from Sofer On Site, was on hand here to help supporters of this initiative write their ceremonial letter. The Hospital hired Sofer On Site to do the restoration. To date, the company has helped restore hundreds of Torahs throughout the world.

This Torah scroll – No. 515 and dating from 1880 – is originally from the town of Taus-Domazlice, in what is now known as The Czech Republics. It is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

Calvary will dedicate the restored Torah at their Bronx campus on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. There will be an event at 8:00 am and one at 6:00 pm. Hosting the dedication on Kristallnacht, a date that is often recognized as the beginning of the Holocaust, is especially fitting as this scroll is itself a survivor of this tragedy.

Since it was founded in 1899, Calvary has always welcomed patients from diverse faiths and religions. The Hospital 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

During World War II, the Nazis confiscated 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. There are an estimated 1,000 in the U.S. alone. To learn more about the Trust, please visit: www.memorialscrollstrust.org.

The Hospital’s outreach to the Jewish community, and the Torah restoration, have been spearheaded by Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director.

Three Rabbis at Calvary care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients 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.

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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’s Letter Writing Event for their restoration of a historic 135-year-old Torah Scroll attracted supporters of all ages. Some are pictured below:

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Torah Dedication scheduled for November 9th

BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2016 – On September 25, Calvary Hospital hosted its third and final letter writing event for the restoration of a historic Torah scroll that is housed at its Bronx campus. Once completed, this scroll will once again be kosher for use in services and Jewish rituals. Rabbi Levi Selwyn from Sofer On Site, was on hand here to help supporters of this initiative write their ceremonial letter. The Hospital hired Sofer On Site to do the restoration. To date, the company has helped restore hundreds of Torahs throughout the world.

This Torah scroll – No. 515 and dating from 1880 – is originally from the town of Taus-Domazlice, in what is now known as The Czech Republics. It is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.


Calvary will dedicate the restored Torah at their Bronx campus on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
There will be an event at 8:00 am and one at 6:00 pm. Hosting the dedication on Kristallnacht, a date that is often recognized as the beginning of the Holocaust, is especially fitting as this scroll is itself a survivor of this tragedy.

Since it was founded in 1899, Calvary has always welcomed patients from diverse faiths and religions. The Hospital 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

During World War II, the Nazis confiscated 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. There are an estimated 1,000 in the U.S. alone. To learn more about the Trust, please visit: www.memorialscrollstrust.org.


The Hospital’s outreach to the Jewish community, and the Torah restoration, have been spearheaded by Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director.


Three Rabbis at Calvary care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients 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.

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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’s Letter Writing Event for their restoration of a historic 135-year-old Torah Scroll attracted supporters of all ages. Some are pictured below:


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Calvary to Host 10th Annual Spiritual Care Day

BRONX, NY, September 19, 2016 – Calvary Hospital will host its 10th Annual Spiritual Care Day on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The Hospital will be collaborating for the first time with the Fordham University Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center and the Collaborative for Palliative Care. The theme for Calvary’s 2016 event will be:

“Sacred Encounters: Bridging Hope and Faith.”


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Fordham Lincoln Center

Pope Auditorium
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY

To register online, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org/scd2016

Speakers will include but are not limited to: Michael J. Brescia, MD, Calvary Hospital;

Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD, Iona College; and Mark P. Freeman, PhD, College of the Holy Cross. Experts will lead workshops on topics such as: Mindfulness/Complementary Clinical Modalities; Sacred Space/Concept of Home for Patients near the End of Life; Research Concepts: Spirituality and Healthcare Outcomes; Psychological Suffering and Delirium at the End of Life; and A National and Theological Dilemma: Medical Aid-in-Dying.

Doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains/pastoral care providers in all settings, and other health care professionals are welcome. There is no fee to attend. Kosher and halal meals available upon advance request. Registration is strongly recommended by Friday, October 14. If you have questions, please email spiritualcareday@calvaryhospital.org.

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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 Sharleen Taylor, RN, CCC with DAISY AWARD

Calvary honors sharleen taylor, RN, CCC
WITH dAISY AWARD

Westchester County Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2016 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Sharleen Taylor, RN, CCC with the DAISY Award, 1st Half 2016. Calvary Hospital recognizes nurses with this biannual award who 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 colleagues, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

Sharleen received numerous nominations by colleagues as well as family members of Calvary patients. Some of the nomination included the following two comments:

  • “Sharleen is very compassionate to her patients; she sits at the bedside and holds her patient’s hands while trying to have a conversation with them, or just trying to calm them down when they feel anxious, fearful or even agitated. She does this out of the kindness of her heart. Sharleen is always calm and not easily flustered when issues arise. She always makes sure to resolve problems as best as she possibly can.”

  • “Sharleen always smiles and is great at returning phone calls. She is always on time; she will stop and listen to you if you need to be heard. She is compassionate will all of our patients, family members and children. She always made sure that my dad was clean, she is truly awesome.”

    Sharleen began working at Calvary Hospital in 2014; she obtained her nursing degree from The College of New Rochelle and is currently pursuing her advanced degree at Lehman College. Sharleen’s hobbies include reading and singing. Sharleen is a native of the country of Jamaica and currently resides in Mt. Vernon, New York with her family.

    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 with 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 honoree 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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 Sharleen Taylor, RN, CCC with the DAISY Award, 1st Half 2016.

PHOTOCAPTION:

  • Leonila Quinones, RN, MA, Director of Nursing;
  • Sharleen Taylor, RN (Honoree) and;
  • Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

Westchester County Resident Honored for Her Excellence as a Nurse

BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2016 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Sharleen Taylor, RN, CCC with the DAISY Award, 1st Half 2016. Calvary Hospital recognizes nurses with this biannual award who 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 colleagues, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

Sharleen received numerous nominations by colleagues as well as family members of Calvary patients. Some of the nomination included the following two comments:

  • “Sharleen is very compassionate to her patients; she sits at the bedside and holds her patient’s hands while trying to have a conversation with them, or just trying to calm them down when they feel anxious, fearful or even agitated. She does this out of the kindness of her heart. Sharleen is always calm and not easily flustered when issues arise. She always makes sure to resolve problems as best as she possibly can.”

  • “Sharleen always smiles and is great at returning phone calls. She is always on time; she will stop and listen to you if you need to be heard. She is compassionate will all of our patients, family members and children. She always made sure that my dad was clean, she is truly awesome.”

    Sharleen began working at Calvary Hospital in 2014; she obtained her nursing degree from The College of New Rochelle and is currently pursuing her advanced degree at Lehman College. Sharleen’s hobbies include reading and singing. Sharleen is a native of the country of Jamaica and currently resides in Mt. Vernon, New York with her family.

    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 with 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 honoree 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, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. 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 Sharleen Taylor, RN, CCC with the DAISY Award, 1st Half 2016.

PHOTOCAPTION:

  • Leonila Quinones, RN, MA, Director of Nursing;
  • Sharleen Taylor, RN (Honoree) and;
  • Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.


Calvary Honors Beverly Jeffrey, CCT with "Catch A Star" Award

Westchester County Resident Honored for Her Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, August 2016 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Westchester County resident, Beverly Jeffrey, CCT on the 6North, with the “Catch a Star” Award for 1st Half 2016. 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.


Beverly Jeffrey began working at Calvary in 1982 as a Nurse’s Aide and later graduated as a Calvary Care Technician or CCT.

Her nominations from patients, colleagues and family members included comments such as:

  • Beverly is a very compassionate lady. On the days that I see her attend to and care for my mother with such respect, my heart is always at ease. I know that when she is there and I am not, she will care for my mother. God bless Beverly.
  • I hope Beverly will be nominated because she is a very compassionate lady. If you’re not a compassionate person just know that the higher power sees what you do and that you do it from the heart, not for a paycheck.

Beverly was born in Jamaica, and graduated from Lennon High School in St. Catherine, Jamaica. During her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and dancing. Beverly resides in Mount Vernon, New York with her family.