JCC of Pelham Parkway Honors Dr. Michael J. Brescia with Legends of Chesed Award
JCC of Pelham Parkway Honors Dr. Michael J. Brescia with Legends of Chesed Award

Westchester Resident Honored for Five Decade Career at Calvary Hospital

BRONX, NEW YORK, May 2014 – At their Annual Leadership Breakfast, the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway (JCCPP) recognized Dr. Michael J. Brescia, Executive Medical Director of Calvary Hospital, with the “Legends of Chesed” award. He was one of eight people honored at this event. State Senator Jeff Klein presented a proclamation, naming Sunday, May 18, 2014, as “Dr. Michael Brescia Day” in the Bronx.

         In 2012, Calvary and Yeshiva University/RIETS announced a collaboration to provide the observant Jewish community with information and options for end-of-life care in accordance with Jewish law or Halakha. Each year, the Hospital cares for hundreds of Jewish patients at their 200-bed Bronx hospital, 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center, as well as with home care and home hospice throughout the greater New York area.

         Jewish patients and families at Calvary can look forward to a comprehensive range of services such as (but not limited to): End-of-life counseling by the Hospital’s three rabbis in accordance with Jewish tradition; Kosher meals and cholov yisroel dairy products available upon request; Kosher Hospitality Room stocked weekly with a variety of glatt kosher food;
Shabbat lounge; and inclusion in the Einstein and Pelham Parkway eruv.

         Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. Calvary has been the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 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 www.calvaryhospital.org

The JCC of Pelham Parkway honors Calvary Hospital’s Executive Medical Director at its Annual Leadership Breakfast. Pictured (left to right):

  • Charles Landsberg, President, JCCPP;
  • Rabbi Shmuel Zuckerman, Spiritual Leader, Young Israel of Pelham Parkway;
  • Dr. Michael J. Brescia (Honoree); and
  • David Edelstein, Executive Director, Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway.

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