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

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

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


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

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

 

Photocaption #1

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

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

 

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


 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAPTION ONE

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

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

CAPTION TWO

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

CAPTION THREE

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



CAPTION FOUR

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Kosher meals andcholov yisroeldairy products available upon request;

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

· Celebration of Shabbat and all major Jewish holidays;

· Shabbat lounge;

· Inclusion in the Einstein andPelham Parkwayeruv; and

· Being part of the Einstein andPelham Parkwaycommunities.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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



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

Bronx Residents Honored for their Professional Excellence


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

 

1st PHOTOCAPTION (Pictured from left to right):

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


 




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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

 



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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

·       Kosher meals andcholov yisroeldairy products available upon request;

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

·       Celebration of Shabbat and all major Jewish holidays;

·       Shabbat lounge;

·       Inclusion in the Einstein andPelham Parkwayeruv; and

·       Being part of the Einstein andPelham Parkwaycommunities.

           To learn more aboutCalvary, go towww.calvaryhospital.org

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

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


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

Calvary honors chARMAINE BRAMWELL AND
LORRAINE VEGA WITH “CATCH A STAR” AND
“EXCELLENCE” AWARDS
Bronx Residents Honored for their Professional Excellence

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

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

Bronx Residents Honored for their Professional Excellence


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

 



Calvary Holds Ribbon Cutting for Kosher Hospitality Room & Shabbos Lounge

PHOTO CAPTION #1
Calvary Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 3rd for the Kosher Hospitality Room and Shabbos Lounge at the Hospital’s Bronx campus. More than 110 people attended the joyous occasion. Yeshiva University and Chesed 24/7 participated in the ceremony as well.
One year ago, Calvary and Yeshiva University/RIETS announced a collaboration to provide the observant Jewish community with information and options for end-of-life care in accordance with Jewish law. Chesed 24/7, which sponsors the Hospital’s Kosher Hospitality Room, recognized Calvary for its efforts on behalf of the Jewish community.
Each year, the Hospital cares for hundreds of Jewish patients at their Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center, as well as with home care and home hospice throughout the greater New York area. Pictured (left to right):

  • Rabbi Shulim Greenberg, Executive Director, Chesed 24/7;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary;
  • Edward R. Burns, MD, executive dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary. 

PHOTOCAPTION #2
Calvary Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 3rd for the Kosher Hospitality Room and Shabbos Lounge at the Hospital’s Bronx campus. More than 110 people attended the joyous occasion. Yeshiva University and Chesed 24/7 participated in the ceremony as well.
One year ago, Calvary and Yeshiva University/RIETS announced a collaboration to provide the observant Jewish community with information and options for end-of-life care in accordance with Jewish law. Chesed 24/7, which sponsors the Hospital’s Kosher Hospitality Room, recognized Calvary for its efforts on behalf of the Jewish community.
Each year, the Hospital cares for hundreds of Jewish patients at their Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center, as well as with home care and home hospice throughout the greater New York area. Pictured (left to right):

  • Rabbi Shulim Greenberg, Executive Director, Chesed 24/7;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary;
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary;
  • Edward R. Burns, MD, executive dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; and The Honorable Israel Spitzer, Deputy Mayor of New Square, NY.

PHOTOCAPTION #3
Calvary Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 3rd for the Kosher Hospitality Room and Shabbos Lounge at the Hospital’s Bronx campus. More than 110 people attended the joyous occasion. Yeshiva University and Chesed 24/7 participated in the ceremony as well.
One year ago, Calvary and Yeshiva University/RIETS announced a collaboration to provide the observant Jewish community with information and options for end-of-life care in accordance with Jewish law. Chesed 24/7, which sponsors the Hospital’s Kosher Hospitality Room, recognized Calvary for its efforts on behalf of the Jewish community.
Each year, the Hospital cares for hundreds of Jewish patients at their Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center, as well as with home care and home hospice throughout the greater New York area.

Pictured above: Guests enjoying Calvary’s Kosher Hospitality Room, on December 3rd, the day the Hospital held a ribbon cutting for the Hospitality Room and the Shabbos Lounge.

PHOTO CAPTION #4
Calvary Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 3rd for the Kosher Hospitality Room and Shabbos Lounge at the Hospital’s Bronx campus. More than 110 people attended the joyous occasion. Yeshiva University and Chesed 24/7 participated in the ceremony as well.
One year ago, Calvary and Yeshiva University/RIETS announced a collaboration to provide the observant Jewish community with information and options for end-of-life care in accordance with Jewish law. Chesed 24/7, which sponsors the Hospital’s Kosher Hospitality Room, recognized Calvary for its efforts on behalf of the Jewish community.
Each year, the Hospital cares for hundreds of Jewish patients at their Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center, as well as with home care and home hospice throughout the greater New York area.

Pictured: Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary, speaking with guests in the Hospital’s newly furnished Shabbos Lounge, located across the hall from the Kosher Hospitality Room.

 



Yeshiva University Rabbinic Panel Visits Calvary Hospital
BRONX, NY, May 7, 2013 – Calvary Hospital recently hosted a visit by four Roshei Yeshiva who have extensive experience with end-of-life halachic issues: Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Moshe Tendler, and Rabbi Mordechai Willig. They comprise the Rabbinic Panel in the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program.

BRONX, NY, May 7, 2013 – Calvary Hospital recently hosted a visit by four Roshei Yeshiva who have extensive experience with end-of-life halachic issues: Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Moshe Tendler, and Rabbi Mordechai Willig. They comprise the Rabbinic Panel in the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program.

         This pioneering program, developed by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University located within a block of Calvary, offers rabbinic consultation for families and community rabbis who seek halachically appropriate, high quality end-of-life medical care. The four Rabbis serve on a rotating basis as pre-hospice advisors in this unique YU program, answering questions from patients’ families and community rabbis after a physician has recommended that an individual receive hospice care. They can also offer continuing support and consultation after a person starts receiving end-of-life care.

         During their visit to Calvary, the four Rabbis met with senior hospital leadership including Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO; Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director; Richard J. Kutilek, Chief Operating Officer; Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director; Father Chux Okochi, PhD, Director of Pastoral Care; Debbie Feldman, JD, LCSW, Assistant Administrator, Patient and Family Care Services as well as the Hospital’s Jewish chaplains, Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger and Rabbi Harold Stern. Edward R. Burns, MD, executive dean of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, also participated in the meeting.

         The Roshei Yeshiva learned about Calvary’s history, philosophy, and palliative care practices as well as the extensive services available to Orthodox inpatients at the Bronx and Brooklyn campuses and Calvary’s Home Hospice. Calvary’s two staff Rabbis, both of whom are RIETS graduates, gave the Roshei Yeshiva a comprehensive tour of the Bronx campus, highlighting the Pelham Parkway eruv, proximity to the Albert Einstein synagogue, Shabbos lounge, kosher food pantry and a Torah scroll rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust, housed at Calvary.

         Five months ago, Calvary and Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) formed a collaboration to help serve the needs of observant Jews in the metropolitan area seeking the best end-of-life care. To learn more about the YU program or to submit questions, go to http://yu.edu/riets/end-of-life-care and click on the button called “Rabbinic Consultation Form.” To learn more about Calvary, go to: www.calvaryhospital.org and click on the first bullet listed under the “What’s New” section.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 5,600 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.   

 

Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler, met with the leaders of Calvary recently to learn about the Hospital’s extensive services for Orthodox patients and families in the two inpatient facilities and through Calvary’s Home Hospice. They also toured the Bronx facility to see special features such as the kosher food pantry, Shabbos lounge, and a Torah scroll rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust. Pictured (left to right):

  • Rabbi Harold Stern, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary;
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director; Calvary;
  • Rabbi Herschel Schachter;
  • Rabbi Moshe Tendler;
  • Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary;
  • Rabbi Mordechai Willig;
  • Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger; and
  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary.   
 
Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director, Calvary speaking with four Roshei Yeshiva from Yeshiva University during their recent visit to the Hospital to learn about the extensive services in existence for Orthodox patients and families. Calvary cares for hundreds of Jewish patients each year. Pictured (left to right): Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director; Calvary; Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger; Rabbi Mordechai Willig; Rabbi Moshe Tendler; and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary. (Rabbi Herschel Schachter is standing behind Rabbi Tendler.) 

 

Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Moshe Tendler, comprise the Rabbinic Panel in the YU/RIETS End-of-Life Halachic Advisory Program. They visited Calvary recently to learn about the Hospital’s extensive services for Orthodox patients and families in the two inpatient facilities and through Calvary’s Home Hospice and to tour the Bronx facility to see special features such as the kosher food pantry, Shabbos lounge. Pictured (left to right) learning about a Torah scroll housed at Calvary that had been rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust are: Rabbi Mordechai Willig; Rabbi Moshe Tendler; Rabbi Herschel Schachter; Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger; and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Chaplain, Calvary (back to camera).



New York Chapter Knights of Columbus hosts annual benefit for Calvary Hospital

Local Chapter has raised more than $1,062,500 to date


BRONX, NY, February 2015 - On Sunday, February 1, Calvary Hospital hosted 190 people at the 35th annual communion mass and breakfast sponsored by the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus. The Chapter presented a check for $17,500 to Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director at Calvary Hospital. 

         For more than three decades, the local Knights of Columbus chapter has supported Calvary by making the hospital the principal beneficiary of their year-round fundraising efforts. With this latest gift, the NY chapter has raised more than $1,062,500 to date for the Hospital’s unparalleled palliative care services. 

         Founded in 1899, the same year that Calvary was founded, the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus consists of 26 neighborhood councils located throughout the Bronx and Manhattan. To make a donation or to support the chapter’s next annual charity dinner on Friday, May 29, contact Joseph Kearns at the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus at (646) 401-4831 or John Sweeney at (718) 344-2776.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOCAPTION

The New York Chapter of the Knights of Columbus hosted their 35th Annual Communion Mass and Breakfast at Calvary Hospital. Chapter leadership presented a $17,500 gift to Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director of Calvary Hospital. With this latest gift, the NY Chapter has raised $1,062,500 to date for Calvary Hospital programs and services.

Pictured (left to right) are:

  • John Sweeney, Chairman, Charity Drive;
  • Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary Hospital;
  • Joseph Kearns, Chapter Chairman;
  • Carmine Musumeci, State Deputy of New York; and
  • Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, the Celebrant for the Mass, Chapter Chaplain.

 



Calvary Bereavement Support Groups In Brooklyn for Children ages 6-18

Calvary Bereavement Support Groups
In Brooklyn for Children ages 6-18

 

For more than 20 years, Calvary Hospital has been a resource for grieving families.

  • We offer free bereavement support groups – in downtown Brooklyn -- for adults, children, and teens.
  • Calvary’s Camp Compass® is our free annual bereavement camp for children and teenagers.
  • Calvary’s programs are 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.

All groups are free and open to the public

WHEN: Precious Moments
(children ages 6-11 years)
Tuesdays 4:30 pm- 5:45 pm

Teen Support Group
(12 to 18 years old)
Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm

WHERE: St. Joseph High School
80 Willoughby Street

Before attending your first meetings,
please contact our bereavement counselors:
 

Ms. Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT
Tel: (646) 739-1005
mgeorgopoulos@calvaryhospital.org

Ms. Raman Randhawa, MHC-LP
Tel: (917) 708-0133
rrandhawa@calvaryhospital.org

We hope you consider Calvary Hospital’s bereavement support
towards the healing process for the children in your life.
 

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


Calvary Hospital hosts annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BRONX, NY, January 2015 -- On Thursday, January 15 (the actual birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Calvary Hospital hosted their annual “The Dream of a King” event commemorating the life of the civil rights pioneer. Dozens of patients, families, and employees enjoyed inspirational remarks from Rev. Anthony McFarlane, Pastor of The Congregational Church of North, United Church of Christ, located in the Bronx, NY.  He spoke about Dr. King’s accomplishments and his legacy for generations to follow.  Calvary ended the event with the attendees singing We Shall Overcome

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

 

At Calvary Hospital’s annual commemoration to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are (pictured from left to right):

  • Reverend Chris Ponnuraj, Calvary Chaplain;
  • Reverend Anthony McFarlane, Guest Speaker; and
  • Father Chux C. Okochi, PhD, MA, Director of Pastoral Care, Calvary Hospital.

 



Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day
BRONX, NEW YORK, November 2014 – Calvary Hospital joined hospitals across the country and globe in observing World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day on November 20. Calvary recognized the contributions of staff and their role as goodwill ambassadors, by having cake for staff on every patient unit. They also displayed posters and distributed handouts about how to prevent pressure ulcers -- including those caused by medical devices. 

Calvary Celebrates World Wide
Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day


BRONX, NEW YORK, November 2014 – Calvary Hospital joined hospitals across the country and globe in observing World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day on November 20. Calvary recognized the contributions of staff and their role as goodwill ambassadors, by having cake for staff on every patient unit. They also displayed posters and distributed handouts about how to prevent pressure ulcers -- including those caused by medical devices. 
         Hospital administration is proud of the wide-spread efforts that all staff put forth to prevent Pressure Ulcers. The best success only occurs when staff from all disciplines throughout the hospital engages in prevention efforts. 
         World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day was first observed in 2013 and is growing in recognition from many governing bodies across the world. It is most appropriate to set aside a special time to recognize the contributions of hospital personnel. The annual celebration of Worldwide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (www.npuap.org).

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On November 20, 2014, Calvary Hospital joined hospitals across the globe in observing World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day. To mark this day, Calvary recognized the staff’s key role as goodwill ambassadors in this important cause, and educated people about how to prevent pressure ulcers -- including those caused by medical devices.



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


Calvary Co-Sponsors Annual Bikur Cholim Conference

CALVARY CO-SPONSORS ANNUAL BIKUR CHOLIM CONFERENCE

Hospital shares Unique Expertise with End-of-Life Care

BRONX, NEW YORK, November 2014 – On November 9, Calvary Hospital co-sponsored the 27th Annual Bikur Cholim Conference with the UJA-Federation of New York on “When the Healer Needs Healing Illness and the Bikur Cholim Conference.” Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) is a very important mitzvah throughout the Jewish community. 

Hospital shares Unique Expertise with End-of-Life Care

BRONX, NEW YORK, November 2014 – On November 9, Calvary Hospital co-sponsored the JBFCS 27th Annual Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council Conference with the UJA-Federation of New York on “When the Healer Needs Healing Illness and the Bikur Cholim Conference.” Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) is a very important mitzvah throughout the Jewish community. 
         Calvary led a workshop entitled -- Visiting with Someone at the End of Life: “What do I say?” “What if they can’t speak?” "Can I make a difference?" Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary Hospital; Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Pastoral Care Provider and Jewish Communal Outreach Liaison, Calvary Hospital and Home Hospice; and Judy Pollack, LCSW, a social worker affiliated with Calvary@Home led the 32 participants in an lively, interactive discussion. 
         The Hospital’s goal was to help educate the attendees on: 1) how to understand their unique role, 2) handle their own fears, and 3) increase their comfort as they offer valuable support to those who are seriously ill. The real-life anecdotes from Calvary’s three presenters were very effective in helping to maximize the value of this workshop.
         Two years ago this month, Calvary and Yeshiva University/RIETS announced a collaboration to provide the observant Jewish community with information and options for end-of-life care in accordance with Jewish law or Halakha. Jewish patients and families at Calvary can look forward to a comprehensive range of services such as: End-of-life counseling by the Hospital’s three rabbis in accordance with Jewish tradition; Kosher Hospitality Room stocked weekly with declicious glatt kosher food; Shabbat lounge; and inclusion in the Einstein and Pelham Parkway eruv. 
         The Hospital cares for hundreds of Jewish patients annually at their 200-bed Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center, The Dawn Greene Hospice, as well as in private homes and nursing facilities in the greater New York area. To learn more about Calvary care for Jewish patients, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org, and go to the “What’s New” section on the home page.

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


Photocaption: On November 9th, Calvary Hospital co-sponsored the 27th Annual Bikur Cholim Conference with the UJA-Federation of New York. Calvary’s workshop on “Visiting with Someone at the End of Life” was led by Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary Hospital; Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, Jewish Pastoral Care Provider and Jewish Communal Outreach Liaison, Calvary Hospital and Home Hospice; and Judy Pollack, LCSW, a social worker affiliated with Calvary@Home. Pictured (left to right): Rabbi Rothberger, Judy Pollack and Dr. Comfort.

 




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calvary Holds Ribbon Cutting for Kosher Hospitality Room & Shabbos Lounge

Yeshiva University Rabbinic Panel Visits Calvary Hospital

New York Chapter Knights of Columbus hosts annual benefit for Calvary Hospital

Calvary Bereavement Support Groups In Brooklyn for Children ages 6-18

Calvary Hospital hosts annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Calvary Co-Sponsors Annual Bikur Cholim Conference

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