Donna DeEsso named Nutrition Director

Westchester Resident Donna DeEsso Promoted to Nutrition Director at Calvary

BRONX, NEW YORK, January 2013 – Calvary Hospital has promoted Donna DeEsso to Director of the Nutritional Services Department.  Ms. DeEsso, a 21-year veteran of the Hospital, is now responsible for: 1) all nutritional issues for 225 patients located at two inpatient facilities and the Bronx-based employee cafeteria; 2) the professional growth of more than 50 clinical and food service personnel employees; 3) business contracts with food and equipment vendors; and 4) providing counseling to Calvary’s home care and home hospice patients who reside throughout the greater New York area.

            Ms. DeEsso first joined Calvary in 1991 as a Clinical Dietitian, following an internship she did in graduate school. Since then, she has served as Chief Clinical Dietitian and Assistant Director of the department (since February 2008).  Prior to Calvary, Ms. DeEsso worked as a staff dietitian for a local hospital and as a nutrition consultant for developmentally disabled adults in the group home setting.

            Ms. DeEsso was graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science and from New York University with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition.  She holds a teaching appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at New York Medical College.  Ms. DeEsso has presented on “The Role of Nutrition in Palliative Wound Care” at the 2nd Annual Palliative Wound Care Conference sponsored by the Hope of Healing Foundation (2011).

            She is a member of:  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Westchester/Rockland Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, New York State Dietetic Association, The Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, and the Greater New York Hospital Association.  Born and raised in City Island, Ms. DeEsso resides in Westchester County

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 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, 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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