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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

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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.


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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.

  

 

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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.


 

 

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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

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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.


PHOTOCAPTION:

Calvary awards the “Catch a Star” Award to Beverly Jeffrey, CCT. Pictured left to right:

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

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 to Host Letter Writting Event for Torah Restoration

WHAT: Calvary is currently restoring a sacred 135-year-old Torah No. 515

that was rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust. This Scroll (c.1880) is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

WHEN: The hospital will host a final letter-writing event on:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Calvary Hospital
Family Care Center

1740 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461

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

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

All those who support this project will have an opportunity to write a ceremonial letter. Beginning at 10:00 am that day, 10-minute time slots will be available for letter writing. A photographer will be on hand to record this milestone for you.

To RSVP: email lbernstein@calvaryhospital.org or call our events hotline (718) 576-2809 to schedule a letter-writing time slot.

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.

WHAT:      Calvary is currently restoring a sacred 135-year-old Torah No. 515

that was rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust.  This Scroll (c.1880) is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

 

WHEN:      The hospital will host a final letter-writing event on:

 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Calvary Hospital
Family Care Center

1740 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461

 

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

                  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

 

All those who support this project will have an opportunity to write a ceremonial letter.  Beginning at 10:00 am that day, 10-minute time slots will be available for letter writing.  A photographer will be on hand to record this milestone for you. 

 

To RSVP: email lbernstein@calvaryhospital.org or call our events hotline (718) 576-2809 to schedule a letter-writing time slot.

 

 

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.

 



The Dawn Greene Hospice in Manhattan

Learn about what the services The Dawn Greene Hospice offers by clicking on the hyperlink below.

http://www.calvaryhospital.org/site/pp.asp?c=ktJUJ9MPIsE&b=3351811



CALVARY HOSPITAL HONORS ANGELLA THOMPSON WITH "UNIT SECRETARY EXCELLENCE" AWARD
Bronx Resident Honored for her Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, August 2016 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident, Angella Thompson with the “Excellence Award” for Unit Secretary-1st Half 2016.

Angella Thompson is a graduate of Pembroke Hall High School in Kingston, Jamaica. Angella began working at Calvary as a Float Secretary in 2012 and later became a Unit Secretary. Some of her nomination forms from colleagues and patients’ family members included comments such as:



 Bronx Resident Honored for her Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, August 2016 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident, Angella Thompson with the “Excellence Award” for Unit Secretary-1st Half 2016.

Angella Thompson is a graduate of Pembroke Hall High School in Kingston, Jamaica. Angella began working at Calvary as a Float Secretary in 2012 and later became a Unit Secretary. Some of her nomination forms from colleagues and patients’ family members included comments such as:

  • Angella is a caring, cheerful and courteous person. She takes care of the needs of the patients and she listens to what they have to say. She also spends time with them and treats them with the utmost respect.

  • Angella is very compassionate and makes the patients stay very comfortable. Angella provides a service above what is expected and helps with the patients’ special needs.

  • Angella consistently keeps the patients informed and explains the care and services that they are receiving.


    Born and raised in the country of Jamaica, Angella currently resides in the Bronx with her husband. On her spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking with her family.

    The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, Calvary 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.

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

Calvary recognized Angella Thompson with the “Excellence” Award. Pictured left to right:

  • Leonila Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operations;

  • Angella Thompson (Honoree) and;

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



CALVARY HOSTS 19TH CONSECUTIVE BEREAVEMENT CAMP

Children and Teens Remember Loved Ones

BRONX, NY, August 24, 2016 – From August 15-19, Calvary Hospital hosted their 19th consecutive session of its bereavement camp for 60 children and teenagers, from ages 6-18. Calvary’s Camp Compass® has taken place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn for the past several years. The camp staff included 65 adult counselors, some of whom work for Calvary, and several 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:


Children and Teens Remember Loved Ones

BRONX, NY, August 24, 2016 – From August 15-19, Calvary Hospital hosted their 19th consecutive session of its bereavement camp for 60 children and teenagers, from ages 6-18. Calvary’s Camp Compass® has taken place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn for the past several years. The camp staff included 65 adult counselors, some of whom work for Calvary, and several 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 a two level wooden house to remember the loved ones that each camper lost;
  • A fun-filled visit by the Harlem Wizards basketball team;
  • An obstacle course and dunk tank;
  • BBQ lunch and dance party;
  • Visits by three therapy dogs;
  • Lessons in playing guitar, painting pottery, jewelry making and scrapbooking; and
  • Three 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 Calvary’s Bronx Hospital, in downtown Brooklyn, and in Manhattan, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process.

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.

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.