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Calvary Recognizes Employees for Service Excellence

Bronx and Rockland County Residents Honored for their Professionalism

BRONX, NEW YORK, July 2017 – Calvary Hospital recently honored three outstanding employees with the “DAISY,” “Catch A Star,” and “Excellence” Awards for the first half of 2017.

DAISY AWARD

Vineetha Philip, RN, CCC, was honored as the recipient of the “DAISY” Award.
A 4-year employee of Calvary, Vineetha graduated from Rajiu Gandhi School in India, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Vineetha is described in one of her nomination letters as having a “caring and compassionate presence” and is frequently recognized for her “calm demeanor and ability to handle the most difficult of situations with great skill.” A family member also describes her as “showing compassion beyond expectation.” Vineetha is also described as being a very warm and compassionate person who is completely committed to her patients. During her spare time, Vineetha enjoys shopping and spending time with her loved ones. She resides in Rockland County 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 to Cinnabons at every presentation. Each hospital also receives a special banner to hang in the recipients unit as a way to celebrate the DAISY Award honors and the nursing profession.

To date, 700 health care facilities (U.S., Canada, Middle East, and Germany, etc.) now give out DAISY awards to honor excellence on their nursing staff. The organization’s main goals are: 1) to pay tribute to nurses who make such an enormous difference in the lives of people they touch every single day; 2) fund grants for nurses who do research and evidence-based practices in the field of cancer; and 3) to give out the DAISY faculty award to inspiring teachers in nursing school.

CATCH A STAR AWARD

Oresta Martinez, CCT, a 10-year veteran, was honored as the recipient of the Catch A Star Award. Oresta is described as one who is “very courteous, caring, and helpful.” She is dedicated in addressing the unique needs of all patients under her care. She is committed to go above and beyond her duties. She began working at Calvary in 2007 as a nurse’s aide and soon graduated as a Cancer Care Technician (CCT). She is the first person in her family to work in the healthcare field and finds it very fulfilling. She went into nursing because she enjoys taking care of people, but she also enjoys the team she works with at Calvary Hospital. Oresta enjoys videography during her spare time. She resides in the Bronx with her family.


EXCELLENCE AWARD

Vivian Thomas Smith, is a 16-year veteran of the hospital, she was honored as the recipient of the Unit Secretary Excellence Award. A family member describes her as “the most caring and helpful person you ever want to meet, she is kind, warm, courteous, and friendly. She follows up with patients and families and anticipates their needs, this is what caring is all about.” Vivian began working at Calvary in 2001 as a per diem secretary and was later promoted to unit secretary. Vivian graduated from Washington Irving High School.

Honorees of the Catch A Star and Excellence Awards are selected using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate exemplary individual achievement, contribution and performance in their jobs and other related duties beyond their job description.

  • Inspire and support Calvary’s values of Integrity, Compassion, and Non-abandonment.

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward responsibilities, family members and colleagues.

  • Exercise leadership, take initiative and accept and carry out additional responsibilities beyond their assignments for the good of the hospital.

    PHOTOCAPTIONS:


    Vineetha Philip, RN, CCC, (Honoree) DAISY Award


    Oresta Martinez, CCT, (Honoree) Catch A Star Award


    Vivian Thomas-Smith, Unit Secretary (Honoree) Excellence Award


    Leonila C. Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operations;
    Lucy Hernandez, MS, APRN, NP, BC, Senior Patient Service Manager;
    Vivian Thomas-Smith, Unit Secretary (Honoree) Excellence Award;
    Oresta Martinez, CCT, (Honoree) Catch A Star Award;
    Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources, and;
    Margaret Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

Since 1899, Calvary 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. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.



Peritore Family Supports Calvary Brooklyn Campus



On July 7, 2017, Joey Peritore and members of his family were on hand at Calvary’s Brooklyn Campus as two gold leaves in memory of Joe and Susan Peritore were put up on the Hospital’s Donor Wall. A few months ago, Joey decided to honor the memory of his parents by using his 40th birthday to fundraise for Calvary’s Brooklyn Campus. Both of his parents received outstanding end-of-life care at this campus. Joey surpassed his goal of raising $4,000! A heartfelt thanks to Joey for his commitment to Calvary’s mission!


To learn more about Calvary’s Brooklyn Donor Wall, please click here.

Joey Peritore (far right) is pictured with his nephew Carlo Peritore Jr. (left) and his brother Carlo Peritore (center)

 

A close up of the two plaques in memory of Joey and Carlo Peritore’s parents.



Amazon's Third-Annual Prime Day

Amazon's third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Remember to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Calvary Hospital Inc.

 

 

 



Calvary@Home celebrates their volunteers

On Wednesday, June 28, Calvary Hospice @ Home celebrated their volunteers.  They honored them with a fun filled appreciation luncheon filled with activities for everyone to enjoy. From icebreakers to drumming, they celebrated with delicious food and a beautiful festive décor.

This event was made possible by Calvary Hospice and Hospital staff that wanted to acknowledge the efforts of volunteers in the administrative office and those that work with our patients in various settings.

Thanks a million for all that you do!

 

 

 

 



Calvary announces new board members

BRONX, NEW YORK, June 28, 2017 – Calvary Hospital today announced the addition of four new members this year to the Calvary Hospital and Calvary Fund Board of Directors: Maryann Popiel, MD, Diahn W. McGrath, Jamie B. Stewart and Robert Spatt.

“Since the Hospital’s started nearly 120 years ago, Calvary’s mission has been to provide palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life limiting illnesses,” said Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Board, Calvary Fund. “As the Hospital continues to expand, we are confident that these four new board members will help us successfully reach and serve the diverse communities who reside throughout the metro-New York area.”

Diahn W. McGrath (Calvary Fund Board)

Diahn W. McGrath is the managing partner of her small boutique firm, McGrath Law Offices. She focuses on all forms of family and estate law, including matrimonial proceedings, probate and administration, trust and estate accountings, child custody matters, guardianships, probate and trust law, estate and trust administration, and related tax matters. She has received numerous appointments as guardian-ad-litem in the Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court.

Ms. McGrath is active on Calvary Hospital’s Professional Advisors Council, volunteers for wildlife and is on the board of the Society for the preservation of Long Island Antiquities. She is a member of the Century Club of New York. Ms. McGrath and her husband, Tom, support many philanthropic causes, including the Tanzania Wildlife Fund, the African Rainforest, the Pearlman School of Music, Caumsett Foundation, The Heckscher Museum, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Museum.

Ms. McGrath was graduated from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a Juris Doctorate, and from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She and her husband reside in New York City and Lloyd Neck, Long Island.


Maryann Popiel, MD (Calvary Hospital Board)

Dr. Maryann Popiel is the Chairperson, Behavioral Healthcare Services, North Bronx Healthcare Network (Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital). Since joining Jacobi in 1990, Dr. Popiel has served in roles of increasing responsibility including Attending Psychiatrist, Unit Chief, Director of the Inpatient Psychiatry Department and Vice Chairperson, Behavioral Healthcare Services.

Dr. Popiel is very involved in professional groups such as Mental Health Care Association of New York City, as well as various committees related to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Jacobi Medical Center. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Association of Emergency Psychiatry, among others. Her academic appointments include: Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro College Physician Assistant Program and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry.

Dr. Popiel has been a principal investigator in several research studies with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was graduated from Union College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Psychology and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry with a medical degree. She resides in New York City.

Robert E. Spatt (Calvary Fund Board)

Robert E. Spatt has been a corporate Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York since 1987, where he focuses on corporate and corporate governance advice to public and private company boards of directors, and mergers, acquisitions and restructurings for buying and selling companies, their financial advisors, control stockholders, leveraged buyout firms and special committees of boards of directors.

Mr. Spatt is the Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, one of the country’s leading M&A institutes. He has been repeatedly named one of the leading M&A lawyers in numerous legal publications, including Chambers Global World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer in mid-2013 and recognized by Law360 as an “MVP” in M&A for 2014.


Mr. Spatt has for many years been a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Division of UJA Federation of New York and co-led the UJA campaign at Simpson Thacher.

Mr. Spatt was graduated from Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1980 magna cum laude; Order of the Coif). He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980. He has published various articles on M&A subjects and regularly serves as a faculty member for leading M&A seminars and institutes.

Jamie B. Stewart, Jr. (Calvary Fund Board)

Jamie B. Stewart, Jr. is the former President and CEO of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. Prior to joining FFCBFC, Mr. Stewart was First Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from January 1999 to January 2004. He served as acting governor from June through December 2003 and had voting rights on the Federal Open Market committee. Mr. Stewart was instrumental in guiding the Federal Reserve Bank of New York through the banking crisis surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which caused a temporary liquidity crisis in the U.S. banking system.

After serving in the United States Navy as a surface line officer from 1966-1970, Mr. Stewart’s career path took him from the Bank of Boston to Bank of America to Crocker National Bank (San Francisco) to Mellon Bank, where he served as vice chairman, with responsibility for overall wholesale banking, International operations and cash management activities.

Mr. Stewart was graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree, and from Suffolk Law School (Boston, MA). He and his wife reside in Brooklyn, New York.



Calvary's 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic

Reminder...On Monday, July 31, 2017 
Calvary Hospital will hold it's 29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic.  
Enjoy a great day of Golf and Tennis, fine dining, awards, entertainment, and a fabulous auction at one of the most beautiful clubs in Westchester.  This is an event, you won't want to miss!  
For further information, click here.



27th Annual "Living with Cancer" Conference

"Living with Cancer"
Confronting the challenge
27th Annual Conference
 

A free conference for people living with cancer, their families, partners, friends & health care professionals.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Conference held at: 

Jacobi Conference Center
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
1400 Pelham Parkway South
Building 4, 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10461 

To learn more about this upcoming event, click here.

 

 

 



Calvary Hospital wins two honors at Annual PRSA Big Apple Awards
BRONX, NY, June 2017 – On June 12th, the Public Relations Society of America’s Big Apple chapter in New York City honored Calvary Hospital with two Big Apple Awards for “From Darkness to Light: Restoring Life to a 135-year-old Torah Scroll.” The Hospital topped the categories for: 1) Community Relations: Campaigns of $150,000 and less and 2) Events & Observances (more than 7 days). Calvary’s campaign raised more than $111,000. (Once all restoration expenses were covered, remaining funds have benefitted all patients and families under the Hospital’s care).

BRONX, NY, June 2017 – On June 12th, the Public Relations Society of America’s Big Apple chapter in New York City honored Calvary Hospital with two Big Apple Awards for “From Darkness to Light: Restoring Life to a 135-year-old Torah Scroll.” The Hospital topped the categories for: 1) Community Relations: Campaigns of $150,000 and less and 2) Events & Observances (more than 7 days). Calvary’s campaign raised more than $111,000. (Once all restoration expenses were covered, remaining funds have benefitted all patients and families under the Hospital’s care).

It took more than a year to restore the historic 135-year-old Torah Scroll. Once all restoration expenses were covered, remaining funds have benefitted all patients and families under the Hospital’s care. This scroll is now kosher for use in services and Jewish rituals. 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 Republic. It has been on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London since 1988. 

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. MST Scrolls 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 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.

For nearly 120 years, Calvary has always welcomed patients from diverse faiths and religions. Three rabbis at Calvary care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients each year. In addition to kosher food upon request, we offer 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.


Since 1899, Calvary 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. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.

 



Pictured: The New York City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored Calvary Hospital with two 2017 Big Apple Awards for their Torah Restoration project, From Darkness to Light: Restoring Life to a 135-year-old Torah Scroll.”



Pictured: A close up of a person writing a ceremonial letter during Calvary’s year-long effort to restore a 135-year-old historic Torah Scroll.



We just released our 2016 Annual Report & Spring issue of Crossroads

Check out our just-released Annual Report and Crossroads.

We invite you to flip through or download the online version of our 2016 Annual Report: CalvaryCare and our spring 2017 issue of Crossroads, written for patients, families, friends, donors and supporters of the Hospital. 

To request a copy of either publication by mail and to have your name added to our mailing list, please call (718) 518-2289 or e-mail yrivera@calvaryhospital.org.

 

 

 



29th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic
 Monday, July 31, 2017 

  

Brae Burn Country Club | 39 Brae Burn Drive
Century Country Club | 233 Anderson Hill Road

Purchase, NY

Both courses are spikeless

SCHEDULE

9:30 AM | Registration Begins
10:00 AM | Brunch
11:30 AM | Golf Shotgun Start
12:30 PM | Round Robin Tennis
5:00 PM | Reception, Live Auction, Dinner & Awards

Tom Cotter, Comedian (America’s Got Talent Finalist)

 


 



Family member finds a creative way to support the Calvary mission

  

 

We want to give a heartfelt thank you to Brooklyn native Joseph Peritore-Prince who found a creative way to support the Calvary mission. Joey was very grateful for the care that his parents received at Calvary’s Brooklyn Campus in 2007 and 2016. So for his 40th birthday on April 28, he conducted a “GoFundMe” campaign to raise $4,000 in their honor. (https://www.gofundme.com/celebrating-joe-and-susan-peritore) Joey surpassed his goal by more than 11%, raising $4,462 that will benefit the Brooklyn Campus! Way to go!!!

 



 

 

 

 



Calvary Hospital Collaborates with Plaza Jewish Community Chapel


BRONX, NY, May 2017 – On May 9th, Calvary Hospital participated in a lecture series sponsored by Plaza Jewish Community Chapel on “Basic Things You Should Know about Jewish End of Life Choices, Funeral & Burial: Halachic and Practical Implications for You.” Part One of this series took place at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The objective was to educate people about their options for end-of-life care from a Jewish perspective.

KJ’s Rabbi Elie Weinstock moderated the event. Speakers included Mitch Kronish, LFD, Plaza Funeral Director, Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, BCC, Jewish Community Liaison, Calvary.


BRONX, NY, May 2017 – On May 9th, Calvary Hospital participated in a lecture series sponsored by Plaza Jewish Community Chapel on “Basic Things You Should Know about Jewish End of Life Choices, Funeral & Burial: Halachic and Practical Implications for You.” Part One of this series took place at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The objective was to educate people about their options for end-of-life care from a Jewish perspective.

KJ’s Rabbi Elie Weinstock moderated the event. Speakers included Mitch Kronish, LFD, Plaza Funeral Director, Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, BCC, Jewish Community Liaison, Calvary. 

Click here to view a video of the entire event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01TN_07ESCU&feature=youtu.be
 
“Our collaboration with Calvary allows us to fulfill a need for accurate information about a subject that many people want to learn about but often don’t know where to begin,” said Stephanie Garry,
Chief Administrative Officer for Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. “Calvary and Plaza are both committed to serving the entire Jewish community, whatever their level of observance.”


“Since the Hospital was founded in 1899, Calvary has been committed to serving people of all religious and faith backgrounds,” reported Rabbi Rothberger. “Our comprehensive program of care for Jewish patients and families includes Glatt Kosher and cholov yisrael food upon request, a daily visit from a rabbi, food from an expanded Kosher Hospitality Suite, dedicated Shabbos Lounge, Kabbalat Shabbat service, and celebrations of all major holidays.”


Three rabbis at Calvary care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients each year. People may receive CalvaryCareSM at the Hospital’s facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens and in private homes and select nursing facilities where they reside.


In November 2016, on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Calvary Hospital completed the restoration of a 135-year-old Torah scroll, itself a Holocaust survivor. This Torah scroll -- dating from 1880 -- is originally from the town of Taus-Domazlice, in what is now The Czech Republic. Since 1988, it has been on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London.

Calvary’s award-wining outreach to the Jewish community has been spearheaded by Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director.


To learn more about CalvaryCareSM, please visit:
www.calvaryhospital.org. To make a gift to benefit Jewish patients, go to: www.calvaryhospital.org/ahuva


Plaza is the first and only not-for-profit Jewish funeral chapel in New York City that is owned and operated by the Jewish community. Plaza takes pride in giving back to the community and the families it serves by putting its values into action with ongoing community-minded campaigns. These include: educational programs for seniors, students, and end-of-life caregivers; being a drop-off site for gently used medical supplies for the Afya Foundation; providing proper burial of Sheimos collections and assisting the community in a variety of ways which includes
grants, sponsorships, and a fellowship program to train Jewish funeral directors. Plaza is honored to have sponsored or co-sponsored over 20 bereavement conferences and offers free Yahrzeit candles to synagogues, organizations and families throughout the year. Also, Plaza created a free Yahrzeit Memorial App to help keep track of important memorial dates of family members and friends that includes Jewish prayers, meditations, and customs.


Since 1899, Calvary 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. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.

 



On May 9th, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel collaborated with Calvary Hospital on an event, Basic Things You Should Know about Jewish End of Life Choices, Funeral & Burial: Halachic and Practical Implications for You” at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. KJ Rabbi Elie Weinstock moderated the event. Pictured(left to right): Rabbi Weinstock, Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary; Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger, BCC, Jewish Community Liaison, Calvary; and
Mitch Kronish, LFD, Plaza Funeral Director.





Some close ups of the audience who attended a May 9th event hosted by Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. The objective of this event, “Basic
Things You Should Know about Jewish End of Life Choices, Funeral & Burial: Halachic and Practical Implications for You,”
was to learn how to choose options for end-of-life care from a Jewish perspective.



Hospice Foundation of America’s Living with Grief® Series

Calvary Hospital is pleased to announce that we are, once again, participating in the Hospice Foundation of America’s Living with Grief® series. We will be hosting a webcast entitled “When Grief is Complicated” which will be held on:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30pm

at Calvary Hospital,

1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461

AND

Monday, May 22, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

at Duffy’s Funeral Home,

255 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please contact Lynne Marie Pappalardi at 718-518-2173 to register.

This program is offered free of charge.

About the Program: While most individuals experiencing loss face grief, most grievers can cope with loss and subsequent grief in ways defined by their culture as appropriate and can fulfill, after brief and intermittent impairment, their social and workplace roles. However, research shows that between 10 and 20 percent of individuals who experience loss experience more disabling reactions, including Complicated Grief or other conditions triggered by the loss, such as PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, or substance abuse. Complicated Grief reactions may also be a factor in physical illness. This program looks at how to identify disabling grief reactions and when referrals to specially trained clinicians or professionals may be indicated and necessary. This program is 2 hours, with an additional 30 minute post-program discussion required for CE credits.



AmazonSmile Helps Calvary Hospital

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Calvary Hospital every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-1740274, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Calvary Hospital.

 



Calvary Hosts Annual Donor Appreciation Event at The New York Botanical Garden

BRONX, NY – On April 30th, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Spring Donor Brunch at The New York Botanical Garden. Two hundred and eighty six people gathered at the picturesque site to hear about the latest news from the Hospital. Two family members, Socorro DeJesus and Missy Cohen Pirinea, shared their experience with CalvaryCareSM for their brother and husband, respectively. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit at the NYBG.

Since 1899, Calvary 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. Each more, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.

BRONX, NY – On April 30th, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Spring Donor Brunch at The New York Botanical Garden. Two hundred and eighty six people gathered at the picturesque site to hear about the latest news from the Hospital. Two family members, Socorro DeJesus and Missy Cohen Pirinea, shared their experience with CalvaryCareSM for their brother and husband, respectively. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit at the NYBG.

Since 1899, Calvary 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. Each more, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.

 


Pictured left to right: Missy Cohen Pirinea, Denise Austin, Socorro DeJesus.

Ms. Pirinea’s husband and Ms. DeJesus’ brother, were Calvary patients in 2007 and 2014, respectively. They each spoke about their experience with CalvaryCareSM.



Guests enjoying Calvary’s Annual Spring Donor brunch at the New York Botanical Garden.

  

Examples of the Chihuly exhibit currently available at the New York Botanical Garden.


Pictured: The Wright family enjoying Calvary’s Annual Spring Donor brunch at the New York Botanical Garden.

Joe Cooney (far right) and his family enjoying Calvary’s Annual Spring Donor brunch at the New York Botanical Garden.

Frank Streng, a member of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council, and his guests enjoying Calvary’s Annual Spring Donor brunch and the Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.

 

 

 


 

 

 



Basic Things You Should Know about Jewish End of Life Choices, Funeral & Burial

Overview of Compassionate Options for End of Life Care:

Tuesday May 9th, 7:30 PM

at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun

125 East 85th Street, New York, NY

Click here for more information



Calvary Hospital Hosts Annual Planned Giving Program Reception
BRONX, NY, April 2017 – On April 3rd, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception at Christie’s in New York City. The event attracted more than 150 of Calvary’s long-time and newer donors. This year’s program included remarks by Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary; Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s; with remarks by Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council. After a presentation in one of the auction rooms, guests were treated to a reception and private viewing of Christie’s “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.

BRONX, NY, April 2017 – On April 3rd, Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception at Christie’s in New York City. The event attracted more than 150 of Calvary’s long-time and newer donors. This year’s program included remarks by Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary; Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s; with remarks by Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council. After a presentation in one of the auction rooms, guests were treated to a reception and private viewing of Christie’s “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.

Calvary Hospital was founded in 1899 by dedicated volunteers, with supporting gifts and bequests dating back to the turn of the century. Since those initial bequests, estate gifts have played a significant role in sustaining the hospital and maintaining its high standard of compassionate care and its ability to expand beyond its original location in the Bronx. Today, CalvaryCareSM can be obtained at a 200-bed Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite, The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan, Ozanam Hall in Queens, and in homes throughout the metropolitan area.

Calvary established The Society of 1899 to honor the visionary men and women who have made a planned gift or bequest to the hospital. These generous legacy gifts insure that Calvary’s core values of non-abandonment and death without physical pain and suffering will extend to future generations when they need this critical care.

Since 1899, Calvary 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. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCareSM throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit: www.calvaryhospital.org.




Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception recently at Christie’s in New York City, for more than 150 attendees. Pictured (left to right):

  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary;
  • Bonnie Brennan, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Christie’s and member of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council;
  • Elizabeth Wight, Specialist, Private and Iconic Collections; and
  • Michael J.A. Smith, Chair of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council.


A collection of couture gowns purchased and worn by Betsy Bloomingdale from the design houses of Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Chanel.




Calvary Hospital hosted its Annual Society of 1899 Planned Giving Program and Reception on April 3, 2017, at Christie’s in New York City, for more than 150 attendees. Pictured: guests learning about the “Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style” sale.



Enid and Paul Rosenberg enjoying the exhibit. Mr. Rosenberg is a member of Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC). The PAC was established by the Calvary Fund, Inc. 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 palliative care for adults with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. PAC members are volunteers from the legal, investment, accounting, insurance, and banking professions.




The Society of 1899 honors the visionary men and women who have made a planned gift or bequest to the hospital. These generous legacy gifts insure that Calvary’s core values of non-abandonment and compassionate, comprehensive care will extend to future generations who may need us.

Society of 1899 members who attended Calvary’s Christies event included:

Pictured left to right
(seated): Rose Carmen Zanca, Barbara Gottlieb, Magdalen Gaynor, Esq. and Susan Gernert

Pictured left to right (standing): Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary Hospital, Paul Rosenberg, Esq., Thomas G. Ferrara, Carolina Baron, Jane Killilea and Tomas Killilea



FDNY and Calvary Hospital Collaborate on Paramedic Training Program
BRONX, NY, March 2017 -- Calvary Hospital recently hosted its most recent group of Emergency Medical Technicians from The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). During their one day visit to the Hospital’s Bronx campus on March 22, the seven EMTs learned about Calvary's unique approach and international leadership in palliative care, how to best care for patients at the end of life, effective pain management tips, and made rounds with two Calvary physicians.

BRONX, NY, March 2017 -- Calvary Hospital recently hosted its most recent group of Emergency Medical Technicians from The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). During their one day visit to the Hospital’s Bronx campus on March 22, the seven EMTs learned about Calvary's unique approach and international leadership in palliative care, how to best care for patients at the end of life, effective pain management tips, and made rounds with two Calvary physicians.

            The EMS members are currently enrolled in a 9-month training program to become certified paramedics. EMS members have basic life support skills. Paramedics, with advanced life support skills, practically bring the emergency room to wherever it is needed.

            “Since the first group of EMS members came to Calvary 13 years ago, we have found this training to be invaluable to our paramedics. Our goal is to ensure the safety of all New York residents,” said Maria Levoce EMT-P CIC, Paramedic Original Program Clinical Liaison, FDNY EMS Training Academy.

“Our collaboration with Calvary allows us to provide our members with the tools and knowledge to care for all patients, even those at the end of life. Our EMS members tell us frequently how meaningful it was to be at Calvary and learn from them. Our students have voted Calvary their favorite rotation in the training program.”

Calvary and FDNY have collaborated since 2004 with this Palliative Care module. This is one of 60 modules in the curricula for their paramedic training program. More than 60 men and women are enrolled in FDNY’s 2017 paramedic training program. All will visit Calvary before they graduate later this year. 

 

“Since 1985, we have shared our palliative care expertise with health care professionals from around the country and the world,” noted Robert A. Brescia, MD, Director of the Palliative Care Institute and Director of Psychiatric Services, Calvary Hospital. “We are delighted with our long term collaboration with FDNY.”

PCI’s annual visitors include health care professionals from coast-to-coast and over 800 medical students, residents and fellows from throughout the greater New York area. They come to Calvary for visits ranging from one day to several months.

In 2005, the NIH’s National Cancer Institute designated Calvary “an international leader in palliative care” and invited us to participate in the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC). Comprised of the national ministries of health from Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority, MECC members have visited Calvary regularly over the past decade. 

Since its inception in 1865, The Fire Department of the City of New York has helped lead efforts to make New York the safest big city in the nation. FDNY is the largest Fire Department in the United States and universally is recognized as the world's busiest and most highly skilled emergency response agency. The Department's main goal is to provide fire protection and other critical public safety services to residents and visitors in the five boroughs. The Department also works to continually educate the public in fire, life safety and disaster preparedness, along with enforcing public safety codes.

 

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 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 about CalvaryCareSM, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.

 

    

 

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FDNY Emergency Medical Technicians currently enrolled in the paramedic training program spent an entire day at Calvary Hospital’s Bronx Campus. Calvary educated them about palliative care and pain management that will be helpful in the field. 

 

Maria Levoce EMT-P CIC, Paramedic Original Program Clinical Liaison, FDNY EMS Training Academy (Pictured far left in striped shirt) and Thomas Durkin EMT-P CIC, Paramedic Original Program Clinical Coordinator (Pictured far right in blue shirt) flank the current EMS members in the paramedic program. In the front row (left to right): Kathleen Wood, Brittany Wood and Bo-Ann Thorpe.  In the back row (left to right) Timothy Stein, Johan Velasco, Randy Brokman and Javin Schaefer.



Calvary Hospital Hosts Free Family Friendly Movie Events

BRONX, NY, March 2017 – Calvary will be hosting three movie events that are free of charge and open to the community:

Come join us for a viewing of “Charlotte’s Web” on Friday, March 24th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s High School, 80 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. This film is based on the beloved children’s novel about a young girl named Fern who rescues a piglet, raises it as her own and names him Wilbur. However, after Wilbur grows into a pig, she is required to sell him to her uncle. At the uncle’s barn, Wilbur learns that his life is in danger and Charlotte vows to save his life.

Come join us for the viewing of “The Light Between Oceans” on Friday, April 7th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Calvary Hospital 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461. Lighthouse keeper, Tom and his wife, Isabel, live together in married bliss on a remote island, but their world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she is unable to have a child. All adults are invited to the Friday movie matinee. All children, teens and adults are invited to enjoy this film and discussion. Light refreshments, popcorn and an ice cream bar will be available to all who attend.

§ To RVSP, please email Lynn Pappalardi at lpappalardi@calvaryhospital.org

or call (718) 518-2173.

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 about CalvaryCareSM, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org. Stay in touch at: www.facebook.com/calvaryhospital/

BRONX, NY, March 2017 – Calvary will be hosting three movie events that are free of charge and open to the community:

Come join us for a viewing of “Charlotte’s Web” on Friday, March 24th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s High School, 80 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. This film is based on the beloved children’s novel about a young girl named Fern who rescues a piglet, raises it as her own and names him Wilbur. However, after Wilbur grows into a pig, she is required to sell him to her uncle. At the uncle’s barn, Wilbur learns that his life is in danger and Charlotte vows to save his life.

Come join us for the viewing of “The Light Between Oceans” on Friday, April 7th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Calvary Hospital 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461. Lighthouse keeper, Tom and his wife, Isabel, live together in married bliss on a remote island, but their world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she is unable to have a child. All adults are invited to the Friday movie matinee. All children, teens and adults are invited to enjoy this film and discussion. Light refreshments, popcorn and an ice cream bar will be available to all who attend.

§ To RVSP, please email Lynn Pappalardi at lpappalardi@calvaryhospital.org or call (718) 518-2173.

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 about CalvaryCareSM, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org. Stay in touch at: www.facebook.com/calvaryhospital/

 

 



Calvary Honors Employees with Meviar Smith Awards

Calvary Honors Sabrina Moye and Roy Evelyn

with 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2017 -- Calvary Hospital recently honored Sabrina Moye and Evelyn Roy with the 2017 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.

Sabrina Moye

Sabrina Moye, a 25-year veteran of Calvary, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. In October 1992, she started working at the Hospital as a nurse’s aide. In 1994, Sabrina was nominated to participate in the CCT (Cancer Care Technician) program and then promoted to CCT Instructor. She held that positon until 2009, when she earned her LPN license. Sabrina worked as a unit nurse until joining the wound care team in 2012.

Sabrina is currently enrolled in the RN program at Rockland Community College and resides in the Bronx with her family.

Roy Evelyn

Roy Evelyn was born in Barbados, West Indies, and immigrated to New York in 1972. Under the wings of Anthony Taranto and Ned Esposito, Roy quickly learned and advanced in the security field and has been part of the Calvary family for over 30 years.

Roy joined the Calvary Hospital team as per-diem officer in 1987 and was promoted to full time security officer in February 1988. He was quickly promoted to Sergeant in 1993, Captain in 1997, Captain Security Specialist in January 2001, and Executive Captain in January 2015.

Roy is married to Lillian Evelyn. Their blended family includes seven children and two grandchildren. Roy and his family live in Orange County, New York.

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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 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 about CalvaryCareSM, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.

Calvary Hospital recently honored Sabrina Moye (Bronx resident) and Evelyn Roy (Orange County resident) with the 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award. Pictured from left to right:

  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO;
  • Roy Evelyn, honoree;
  • and Sabrina Moye, honoree; and
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director.


Sabrina Moye, a longtime resident of the Bronx, and a 25-year veteran of Calvary, was one of the two honorees at the Hospital’s recent 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award ceremony. She is pictured with Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital.

Calvary Hospital recently honored Roy Evelyn as one of two recipients of the 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award. Pictured from left to right: Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital, congratulating Roy while his wife Lillian looks on.

Calvary Honors Sabrina Moye and Roy Evelyn

with 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award

BRONX, NEW YORK, February 2017 -- Calvary Hospital recently honored Sabrina Moye and Evelyn Roy with the 2017 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.


Sabrina Moye

Sabrina Moye, a 25-year veteran of Calvary, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. In October 1992, she started working at the Hospital as a nurse’s aide. In 1994, Sabrina was nominated to participate in the CCT (Cancer Care Technician) program and then promoted to CCT Instructor. She held that positon until 2009, when she earned her LPN license. Sabrina worked as a unit nurse until joining the wound care team in 2012.

Sabrina is currently enrolled in the RN program at Rockland Community College and resides in the Bronx with her family.

Roy Evelyn

Roy Evelyn was born in Barbados, West Indies, and immigrated to New York in 1972. Under the wings of Anthony Taranto and Ned Esposito, Roy quickly learned and advanced in the security field and has been part of the Calvary family for over 30 years.

Roy joined the Calvary Hospital team as per-diem officer in 1987 and was promoted to full time security officer in February 1988. He was quickly promoted to Sergeant in 1993, Captain in 1997, Captain Security Specialist in January 2001, and Executive Captain in January 2015.

Roy is married to Lillian Evelyn. Their blended family includes seven children and two grandchildren. Roy and his family live in Orange County, New York.

                                                     

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 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 about CalvaryCareSM, please go to: www.calvaryhospital.org.


 


Calvary Hospital recently honored Sabrina Moye (Bronx resident) and Evelyn Roy (Orange County resident) with the 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award. Pictured from left to right:

  • Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO;
  • Roy Evelyn, honoree;
  • and Sabrina Moye, honoree; and
  • Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director.


Sabrina Moye, a longtime resident of the Bronx, and a 25-year veteran of Calvary, was one of the two honorees at the Hospital’s recent 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award ceremony. She is pictured with Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital.



Calvary Hospital recently honored Roy Evelyn as one of two recipients of the 2017 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award. Pictured from left to right: Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital, congratulating Roy while his wife Lillian looks on.




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