CPE Program Hosts 1st Graduation Dec. 2010
CPE Program Hosts 1st Graduation Dec. 2010



BRONX, NY, December 2010 – Calvary (www.calvaryhospital.org), the country’s only fully accredited acute care hospital dedicated to providing palliative care for adult advanced cancer patients, hosted a graduation ceremony for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program they re-established earlier this year.  The 20-week, 400-hour program is the country’s only CPE program exclusively focused on giving students hands-on experience with terminally ill patients.  Each week, they attended a 5-hour group class and did 15 hours of clinical work -- under supervision -- with current Calvary inpatients and @Home patients. 

            The inaugural class of Calvary’s CPE program was comprised of seven men and women, ranging in age from mid-20s to 70.  Professionally, they included a physician, college professor, and former advertising/marketing executive, and represented a range of cultures, ethnicities, and religions.  For 2011, Calvary plans on graduating at least two groups of students. The next group is scheduled to start on Thursday, January 13th.            

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.


Flanked on the left by Father Chux Okochi, MA, PhD, Director of Pastoral Care and on the right by Rev. Carlos Alejandro, M.DIV, M.S., ACPE Supervisor, Calvary’s CPE graduates are pictured (left to right):  Judith Leipzig, Dr. Rebecca Magbag, Sister Dorothy Matthews, Grace Culberson, Rev. Emilia Steele, Susan Storms, and Rabbi Rachmiel Rothberger.

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