Calvary awarded prestigious Circle of Life Award
Calvary awarded prestigious Circle of Life Award

CELEBRATING INNOVATION IN PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE
Calvary Hospital Recognized

BRONX, NY, July 17, 2012 -- Calvary Hospital today was named a Circle of Life Award® winner. Calvary was recognized for its innovative program that improves the care of patients near the end of life or with life-limiting conditions. Six organizations were recognized: three organizations were named as award winners and three others received citations of honor. Calvary is one of six organizations honored this year by the Circle of Life Award Program.

The Circle of Life Award celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care. This is the thirteenth year for the Circle of Life Award. The 2012 awards are supported, in part, by the California HealthCare Foundation, based in Oakland, Calif., and the Archstone Foundation. Major sponsors are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization & National Hospice Foundation. The awards are cosponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers, with additional support from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. The Circle of Life Award is a program administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust.

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. In 2005, the NIH’s National Cancer Institute designated Calvary “an international leader in palliative care.” Through the Hospital’s Palliative Care Institute, health care professionals from more than 30 countries to date have traveled to New York to learn the Calvary model of palliative care.

Through Calvary@Home, the Hospital offers comprehensive care to patients in their home and in more than 30 nursing homes in the greater New York area, who are suffering from advanced cancer or other chronic and acute terminal illnesses. Calvary@Home can facilitate a seamless transition to becoming an inpatient at its Bronx or Brooklyn sites. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.

“We are very proud to receive a 2012 Circle of Life Award®,” said Frank A. Calamari, President & CEO. “This honor is a testament to the dedication of our entire staff to providing the best possible care to our patients and their families, at a very sacred and special time in their lives.”

“The Circle of Life Award honors leadership and innovation in palliative and end-of-life care,” said American Hospital Association President and CEO, Rich Umbdenstock. “The AHA proudly recognizes Calvary Hospital for their strong history in providing care for the dying, as well as the important role they currently play in training new practitioners in end-of-life and palliative care.”

Calvary was chosen by a selection committee made up of leaders from medicine, nursing, social work, ethics and health administration. The committee focused on innovative programs that respect patient goals and preferences, provide comprehensive care, acknowledge and address the family or caregivers’ concerns and needs and build systems and mechanisms of support to continue the program for future patients and caregivers. For more information on the Circle of Life Award, visit www.aha.org/circleoflife

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 42,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org

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