Calvary's Brooklyn Campus Honors Daisy Walker and Michele Johnson-Hinds With Catch A Star Award
Calvary's Brooklyn Campus Honors Daisy Walker and Michele Johnson-Hinds With Catch A Star Award

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, APRIL 2012 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Daisy Walker and Michele Johnson-Hinds with the “Catch A Star” Award. Any patient, family member, visitor or hospital employee may nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative staff). Nominees must demonstrate the Calvary Hospital Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work at the Hospital. 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 their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

         Daisy Walker worked for Chemical Bank for 23 years. She volunteered at Kings County and Downstate Hospital where she enjoyed working with wound care patients. Daisy joined Calvary in October 2003 as a per diem aide and one year later, graduated from the CCT (Cancer Care Technician) program.

         Her nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:
• “She brightens your day everyday, more so when you feel at your worst”
• “She always treats people with dignity and respect and always lets you know that she is there for you”
• “Daisy cares, shows concern and compassion, and treats family members as part of a special family”

A native of South Carolina, Daisy moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1967 and has lived there since then. Daisy is the first person in her family to work in the healthcare industry. 

         Michele Johnson-Hinds, the second winner of the “Catch A Star” Award, previously worked in the travel and international shipping industries. She first started working at Calvary in 2004 as an aide and graduated from the CCT program in 2005. Michele works at the Brooklyn satellite and is a resident of St. Albans, Queens.

Her nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:
• “Michele cared for our mother as if she were a member of our family”
• “She always went the extra mile to make sure our mother was comfortable”
• “Michele seemed visibly concerned and offered us comfort when our mother took a turn to critical condition”

         Established more than 40 years ago, Calvary Hospital’s rigorous six-month training program has produced hundreds of outstanding CCT’s with the necessary skills to help people with advanced cancer achieve the best possible quality of life. These talented, dedicated professionals are responsible for skin care, wound care, assistance with feeding, patient safety, and the overall comfort of Calvary Hospital patients. Our CCT program has become a national model of appropriate, cost-effective, and competent palliative care, and has helped us achieve our reputation as a “National Leader in Palliative Care.”

         In the 10 years since Calvary opened the doors to its Brooklyn Campus in October 2001, Calvary has truly become part of the Brooklyn tapestry. To date, it has made a significant difference to the quality of life for the people of Brooklyn by:

• Providing its signature care to more than 4,000 patients at the Brooklyn Satellite;
• Caring for hundreds of men and women in their homes or select nursing home through the Calvary Home Hospice program; and
• Helping adults learn how to heal and live again with weekly Bereavement support groups in downtown Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 518-2300 (Inpatient) or (718) 518-2465 (Calvary@Home).

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  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, Director of Staff Development;
  • Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, Satellite Administrator, Brooklyn Campus;
  • Michael Troncone, Director of Human Resources;
  • Daisy Walker, Catch A Star Honoree;
  • Sally Umbro, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services; and
  • Sheila Walsh, RN, Staff Development Instructor.


  • Michele Johnson-Hinds, Catch A Star Honoree.

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 5,700 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


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