|Calvary Announces Inaugural Catch a Star Honoree|
Calvary LAUNCHES “catch a star” TO spotlight
excellence in nursing department
Westchester Resident Recognized as Hospital’s First Honoree
BRONX, NEW YORK, August 2010 – Calvary Hospital today announced it has launched a new program, “Catch a Star,” to recognize excellence in its nursing department. 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 Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work at Calvary. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families.
Charlene Malone, a 27-year veteran of Calvary, is the Hospital’s first “Catch a Star” honoree. Her nomination forms included comments such as: “she was comforting”, “listened to what I had to say,” and “provided service that was above what I expected.” One nomination was submitted on Mother’s Day. The patient’s adult daughter described how expertly and lovingly Charlene cared for her mother that day; she helped turn a bittersweet visit for the family into a calm, relaxing one.
A long-time resident of New Rochelle (Westchester County), Charlene has worked at Calvary for 27 years. Initially she served as a nurse’s aide. In 1995, Charlene was accepted into Calvary’s trademark “Cancer Care Technician” program and has been a CCT since then. Charlene is currently enrolled in school to become a nurse. She is the 2nd member of her extended family to be a CCT at Calvary.
Established more than 40 years ago, Calvary’s rigorous six-month training program has produced hundreds of outstanding CCTs 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, assistance with feeding, patient safety, and overall comfort of Calvary 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.
Charlene Malone, a Cancer Care Technician at Calvary, is the Hospital’s first “Catch A Star” honoree. Charlene is pictured receiving her award from Michael E. Impollonia, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director of Nursing Services.
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 5,500 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.