Calvary Honors Joseph G. Lutale, CCT With "Catch A Star" Award

Bronx Resident Honored for His Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, October 2012 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident,
Joseph G. Lutale, CCT with the “Catch a Star” Award. The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative staff) who demonstrate the Hospital’s Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and family members. Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

         Joseph G. Lutale, has worked as a nurse’s aide since joining Calvary in 1999 and graduated as a Cancer Care Technician, CCT in 2000.

         His nomination forms from colleagues and family members included comments such as:

  • “Joseph is an excellent Cancer Care Technician (CCT).”
  • “Joseph truly cares for the patients and the family members.”
  • “Wherever Joseph is, there is sure to be a smile and laughter.”
  • “I cannot think of someone more deserving of this recognition.”

Joseph G. Lutale was born in Uganda, East Africa, is fluent in English and Swahili. He resides in the Wakefield section of the Bronx with his family.

         Established more than 40 years ago, Calvary Hospital’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, wound care, assistance with feeding, patient safety, and the overall comfort of Calvary Hospital 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.” Calvary will mark the 50th anniversary of the CCT program later this month.

Calvary awards the Catch a Star Award to Joseph G. Lutale, CCT, pictured (left to right):

  • Marilyn Crockett, RN;
  • Marlene Humphreys, RN, Director of Staff Development;
  • Joseph G. Lutale, CCT (Honoree);
  • Sally Umbro, Vice President, Patient Care Services; and
  • Michael Troncone, Director of Human Resources.
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, home, 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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