Calvary Honors Yvette McKenzie, CCT II with "Catch A Star" Award
Calvary Honors Yvette McKenzie, CCT II with "Catch A Star" Award

Bronx Resident Honored for Her Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, July 2013 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident,
Yvette McKenzie CCT-II with the “Catch a Star” Award.  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.

            The nomination forms for Yvette from colleagues and patients’ family members included comments such as:

  • “Extraordinary skill and observation ability to be proactive.  She exudes an atmosphere of safety and caring.”
  • “Always cheerful, gracious and caring.  She is never frustrated or impatient, and is always encouraging and empathetic.”
  • “She always comes and checks that everything is okay; I love her.”

      Yvette first joined Calvary in 2007 as a nurse’s aide and graduated from the Hospital’s trademark Cancer Care Technician program that same year.  She was born and raised in the country of Jamaica and emigrated to the U.S. in 1993.  Yvette and her family reside in the Bronx.   

            Established more than 50 years ago, Calvary Hospital’s rigorous six-month training program for Cancer Care Technicians has produced hundreds of outstanding health care professionals 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.” 


Calvary awards the Catch a Star Award to Yvette McKenzie CCT-II, Pictured (left to right):

  • Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services;
  • Yvette McKenzie CCT-II  (Honoree); and
  • Camelia Brown, RN, Patient Services Manager. 

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. Nearly 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, 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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