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34th Annual Calvary Hospital Awards Gala Raises Nearly $1 Million

NEW YORK, NY, November 2017 – At their 34th Annual Awards Gala on November 2nd at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, Calvary Hospital raised nearly $1,000,000 for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families.  Ryan Field, WABC-TV Sports Anchor, served as the Master of Ceremonies.  RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles was the evening’s entertainment.

Carlos M. Hernandez, Head of Global Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chairman of the Board of the Calvary Fund presented The Calvary Medal to Adam Tan, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, HNA Group Co., Ltd. He was recognized for his distinguished corporate and civic leadership and outstanding philanthropic commitment to the Calvary mission. 

            “Our objective with each annual gala is to honor someone whose leadership and philanthropic achievements are aligned with the Hospital’s mission of providing the best possible care for people and their families at the end of life,” said Mr. Hernandez. 

“For 2017, we feel that Adam Tan and HNA best exemplify the values --  compassion, dignity and non-abandonment -- that define CalvaryCareSM for thousands of patients and families that the Hospital is privileged to care for each year.”

HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services, has a rich history of citizenship and philanthropic endeavors. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has been involved in more than 40 charity projects and provided funding of over $400 million, focusing on welfare, healthcare, education, poverty alleviation and culture. 
 

HNA Group is a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island in southern China into a global company with approximately $145 billion of assets, over $90 billion in annual revenues, and an international workforce of 410,000 employees, primarily across America, Europe and Asia. HNA’s tourism business is a fast-growing, vertically-integrated global player with market-leading positions in aviation, hotels and travel services. HNA operates and invests in nearly 3,200 hotels with over 380,000 rooms across major markets, and has 1,250 aircraft carrying nearly 100 million passengers to 270 cities worldwide. HNA’s Logistics business is a leader in logistics and supply chain management with capabilities in shipping and equipment manufacturing, maritime transportation, third-party payment platforms and project finance. In financial services, HNA is China’s largest non-bank leasing company, and a leading provider of a diverse set of businesses in equipment leasing, insurance, asset management, investment banking and credit services. For more information, visit www.hnagroup.com

            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 campus. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan, and Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home.  To learn more or make a gift in support of Calvary’s mission, visit www.calvaryhospital.org and www.facebook/calvaryhospital/
  

 

On November 2nd, Calvary Hospital’s 34th Annual Awards Gala at The Pierre in New York City raised nearly $1 million for programs and services benefitting Calvary patients and their families. Pictured left to right:

·         Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman of the Calvary Hospital Board of Directors;

·         Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund Board of Directors;

·         Adam Tan (2017 Calvary Medalist); and

·         Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital.

 

 

 

Pictured: Carlos M. Hernandez, Chairman of the Calvary Fund, presenting the Calvary Medal to Adam Tan, the 2017 honoree. 

 

 

Pictured: Mr. Tan, the 2017 Calvary Medalist, giving his remarks. 

 

 

Pictured: Mr. Tan with his wife Christina and daughter Joyce. 

 

 

The day before Calvary’s 34th Annual Awards Gala, Adam Tan visited the Hospital’s Bronx campus and toured the facility with senior management. Pictured: Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director (left), Mr. Tan (right) and Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director (behind Mr. Tan).  

 

 

Pictured: A shot of the ballroom during Calvary’s 34th Annual Awards Gala on November 2nd.

 



Calvary Hosts 11th Annual Spiritual Care Day


BRONX, NY, October 20, 2017 – Calvary Hospital hosted its 11th Annual Spiritual Care Day on October 18, 2017.  More than 140 people attended this year’s event, “Sacred Encounters: Bringing Light to the Darkness,” which took place for the second consecutive year at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus.



Keynote speaker was Father Edward L. Beck, C.P., CNN Faith & Religion Commentator. He gave a thought provoking presentation on the need for healing among caregivers. He discussed that one should not to run from one’s weaknesses, recognizing that God “speaks” through various messengers, expect that others may hamper your own healing – and ability -- to care for patients, and what the source of healing really is. Father Beck’s stated that pride is often the source of suffering and that humility is the solution.

Break out sessions were offered on topics such as: Sacred Space and Prayer; Issues at the End of Life; The Importance of Empathetic Listening at the End of Life; Delirium, Depression and Spiritual Suffering. Workshops speakers included experts from throughout the hospital.

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.

 

 

 

 

Father Beck (2nd from right) pictured with Calvary staff (left to right), Michael Troncone, Vice President of Human Resources, Father Chux Okochi, Director of Pastoral Care, and Frank Calamari, CEO.

 

    

Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director, leading a break out session on “Issues in End-of-Life Care.” 

 

 
Kim Cavalitto, one of the speakers who covered “Spiritual Pain – Supporting the Care Givers/Caring for Ourselves.”

  
A close up of the crowd during keynote remarks.

 

A close up of the crowd during keynote remarks.



Calvary Hospital Hosts 14th Annual Attorney Conference

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

BRONX, NY, October 2017 – Calvary Hospital hosted its 14th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This invitation only event attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. Over the past decade, Calvary’s attorney conference has earned a reputation as a must-attend event for trusts and estates practitioners.

            This year’s “Ethics for Breakfast” program, moderated by Former Surrogate, Bronx County, Hon. Lee L. Holzman, was entitled “I Want to Be Left Alone – Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Privacy and Confidential Issues in Estate Planning.”  The panel was comprised of:

§   Alison Arden Besunder, Esq., Arden Besunder P.C.

§   Anthony E. Davis, Esq., Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and

§   Janice J. DiGennaro, Esq., Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP.

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

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


PHOTOCAPTION #1

Calvary’s 14th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference in New York City on October 16th attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys.  This year’s program, moderated by New York County Surrogate, Hon, Lee L. Holzman, was entitled “I Want To Be Left Alone – Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Privacy and Confidential Issues in Estate Planning.” Pictured (left to right) are: Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO, Calvary Hospital, Anthony E. Davis, Esq., Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, Alison Arden Besunder, Esq., Arden Besunder, P.C., Janice J. DiGennaro, Esq., Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP, Hon. Lee L. Holzman, Former Surrogate, Bronx County, Michael M. Mariani, Esq., Consultant, Fiduciary Trust Company International, and Dr. Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., Calvary Hospital Board of Directors.

 



 

PHOTOCAPTION #2 and #3

 

Calvary’s 14th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference in New York City was titled “I Want To Be Left Alone – Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Privacy and Confidential Issues in Estate Planning.” Pictured are a few photos from the conference.



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Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation Makes Latest Gift to Calvary Hospital

Brooklyn-based organization has raised $105,000 to date for Calvary
 

BRONX, NY, September 2017 - On Saturday, September 16, more than 225 adults and children participated on the 15th Annual Dan’s 5K Fun Run/Walk in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn. This was the 15th annual event spearheaded by Dan Foster, a local cancer activist and 21-year cancer survivor, whose goal is to support families affected by cancer. The proceeds from this year’s event benefitted the Brooklyn-based Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation (COHCF).  Mr. Foster is a longtime volunteer for this foundation.

Before the event began, Harvey O’Brien, COHCF president, presented their latest gift – a check for $5,000 -- to Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund. The funds will benefit the thousands of patients and families that Calvary helps each year in the borough. With this latest gift, COHCF has raised $105,000 for Calvary care in Brooklyn. 


Pictured (left to right): Dan Foster, Harvey O’Brien, and Timothy Barr.

Since 2001, Calvary’s Brooklyn campus has provided its signature end-of-life to more than 5,500 patients and their families in this vibrant borough. CalvaryCareSM is available at their 25-bed Brooklyn Campus (on the 3rd floor of NYU Lutheran), home care and hospice where people reside and through free bereavement support groups for adults, children and teenagers that meet weekly in downtown Brooklyn. A Calvary connection is not required to participate in their bereavement support program.

For more than two decades, COHCF has supported Calvary’s mission of caring for adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. The Hospital is the principal beneficiary of COHCF’s year-round fundraising efforts.

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: (left to right) at the 15th Annual Dan’s 5K Fun Run/Walk: 

  • Anna McCormack, Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation;
  • Timothy P. Barr, Executive Vice President, Calvary Fund;
  • Harvey O’Brien, Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation; and
  • Dan Foster, a longtime volunteer with COHCF.

Pictured: Some of the participants at the 15th Annual Dan’s 5K Fun Run/Walk in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Calvary to Host 11th Annual Spiritual Care Day

BRONX, NY, September 14, 2017 – Calvary Hospital will host its 11th Annual Spiritual Care Day on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The Hospital will collaborate for the second time with Fordham University. The theme for the 2017 event is:
“Sacred Encounters: Bringing Light to the Darkness.”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fordham Lincoln Center
Pope Auditorium
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY

 

Keynote speaker will be Father Edward L. Beck, C.P., CNN Faith & Religion Commentator.
Workshops will be offered on topics such as: Sacred Space and Prayer; Issues at the End of Life; The Importance of Empathetic Listening at the End of Life; Delirium, Depression and Spiritual Suffering. Workshops speakers will include but are not limited to: Michael J. Brescia, MD, Christopher P. Comfort, MD, and Father Chux Okochi from Calvary Hospital, as well as Father Eric Cruz, Director, Bronx Catholic Charities.


Doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains/pastoral care providers in all settings, and other health care professionals are welcome. There is no fee to attend. Kosher and halal meals available upon advance request. Registration is recommended by October 11.

To register online, please cut and paste the following term into your browser, www.calvaryhospital.org/scd2017

For questions, please email spiritualcareday@calvaryhospital.org.



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Calvary Celebrates Environmental Service Week

Environmental Service Week is September 10th through the 16th, we are proud to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the members of our Environmental Services Department (EVS).

This nationally recognized week gives us the opportunity to thank our staff for the critical role they play at Calvary Hospital.  Thank you for continuously helping us provide exceptional care! 

 




Mentors Through Mourning Program (Bronx and Brooklyn)

Community Courses at Calvary Hospital

 

Bronx

WHAT:      MENTORS THROUGH MOURNING PROGRAM

 

Calvary Hospital invites mental health professionals and those in education, who work with children and teens, to our “Mentors Through Mourning” Program. 

 

Now in its 15th year, this training course is offered in both our Bronx and Brooklyn facilities. The fee is $50.00 per session for mental health clinicians, funeral directors, social workers.

 

** For graduate students or school professionals who are interested in serving as resources and guides for grieving children and teens within the school setting, this program is offered free of charge as a community service.

 

 

WHEN:      In the Bronx, this three week program will meet Mondays from 4:30-6:00 PM:

                       

October 16      “Special Needs of Traumatized Bereaved Children and Adolescents”

October 23      “When Death Impacts the Classroom”

October 30      “Interventions, Experiential Workshop and Self Care”

           

                        Each class will be taught by an experienced bereavement counselor

 

 

WHERE:   Calvary Hospital; 1740 Eastchester Road; Bronx, New York

 

If you have questions or would like to register, please email rsanchez@calvaryhospital.org or call either Lynne Marie at (718) 518-2173 or Rashida at 718 518-2370

 

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, however walk-ins will be welcome.   


Brooklyn 

WHAT:      MENTORS THROUGH MOURNING PROGRAM

 

Calvary Hospital invites mental health professionals and those in education, who work with children and teens, to our “Mentors Through Mourning” Program. 

 

Now in its 15th year, this training course is offered in both our Bronx and Brooklyn facilities. The fee is $50.00 per session for mental health clinicians, funeral directors, social workers.

 

** For graduate students or school professionals who are interested in serving as resources and guides for grieving children and teens within the school setting, this program is offered free of charge as a community service.

 

 

WHEN:      In Brooklyn, this three week program will meet Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM:

                       

October 18      “Special Needs of Traumatized Bereaved Children and Adolescents”

October 25      “When Death Impacts the Classroom”

November 1    “Interventions, Experiential Workshop and Self Care”

           

                        Each class will be taught by an experienced bereavement counselor

 

 

WHERE:   St. Joseph’s High School, 80 Willoughby St, Brooklyn, NY

 

If you have questions or would like to register, please email mgeorgopoulos@calvaryhospital.org or call either Lynne Marie at (718) 518-2173 or Maria Georgopoulos at (646) 739-1005.

 

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, however walk-ins will be welcome.   

 

 


 



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Calvary Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Camp Compass®

Unique camp helps grieving children and teens

BRONX, NY, August, 2017 – From August 21-25, Calvary Hospital hosted the 20th consecutive session of their bereavement camp for 60 children and teenagers, ages 6-18. Calvary’s Camp Compass®, held at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, was led by experienced grief professionals. The five day experience was filled with traditional, fun camp activities, grief education and emotional support. Calvary’s Camp Compass® provided a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. This was an incredible experience for the children. The campers enjoyed traditional activities such as swimming, fishing, and basketball. They also:

  • Built wooden lighthouses to remember the loved ones that they each lost;
  • Enjoyed a rousing performance by the Harlem Wizards basketball team;
  • Participated in an obstacle course, barbecue lunch, dance party and ice cream party;
  • Enjoyed visits by two therapy dogs, painted pottery, made jewelry, learned salsa dancing; did scrapbooking; and
  • Three professional clowns gave daily lessons in juggling and performing clown tricks.

All of the campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs -- “Precious Moments” -- for young children aged 6 to 10 years old, tween group for ages 10-12, or teen bereavement support for 13- to 18-year-olds. These groups, which meet at Calvary’s Bronx Hospital, in downtown Brooklyn, and in Manhattan, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process.

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

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

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

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.

 

Children enjoying fishing and swimming at Calvary’s Camp Compass® at Kingsborough Community College.

All of the campers built wooden lighthouses to help remember the loved ones that they lost.

Children enjoyed many activities including caricature art.