Calvary Hosts Broadcast of Annual HFA Teleconference
Calvary Hosts Broadcast of Annual HFA Teleconference


BRONX, NY, April 2011 - On April 13th, more than 120 people attended a live streaming webcast at Calvary Hospital of the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) 2011 Teleconference. This year’s topic was “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care.”  The Hospital served as the only community host site in the Bronx for the event.

The teleconference addressed care options as well as various perspectives on the subject of spirituality and the experience of living with advanced cancer and other terminal illnesses.  It also covered psychosocial aspects of cancer, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease.   

            A panel discussion featuring Calvary experts immediately followed the telecast.  Many attendees were healthcare professionals (nurses, social workers, etc.) as well as family members of Calvary patients, and the public.  Attendees were provided with a certificate of attendance in case they wanted to obtain CEU (Continuing Education) credits. 

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 5,700 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.  To learn more, support the Calvary mission, or sign up for the Hospital’s e-newsletter, please go to


More than 120 people attended Calvary’s live streaming webcast of the Hospice Foundation of America’s annual Teleconference. A panel discussion featuring Calvary clinical experts followed the broadcast.  Pictured are Calvary panelists and the Director of Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital:

Back row (left to right):

§     Sherry Schachter, PhD, Director of Bereavement Services;

§     Omar Rashidzada, LMSW, Social Worker, Calvary@Home;

§     Marlene Humphries, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN, Director of Staff Development; and

§     Tony Susi, MSW, Director of Supportive Services, Calvary@Home;

Seated left to right:

§     Sister Eileen Clarke, Chaplain;

§     Sister Betty Scanlan, Spiritual Care Provider; and

§     Patrice Cashen, RN, CHPN, Liaison Nurse, Calvary@Home.

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