Calvary Honors Karen Singleton, CCT With "Catch A Star" Award

Bronx Resident Honored for Her Professional Excellence

BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2013 – Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident,
Karen Singleton, 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.

            Karen Singleton has worked as a nurse’s aide since joining Calvary in 2008 and graduated as a Cancer Care Technician, CCT in 2012.

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

  • “Karen has a calm, level-headed and soothing spirit.”
  • “She is wonderful at her duties but elevates that by her sweet and giving disposition.”
  • “Karen gives hugs and is guilty of causing one to feel respected and cared for.”
  • “She makes patients feel dignity and comfort, she gets a shooting star for caring.”

Karen was born in Mount Vernon, NY and graduated from The High School of Graphic Communication Arts in New York City.  During her spare time, she enjoys playing chess. 
Karen and her family reside in the Fordham section of the Bronx. 

Established more than 50 years ago, Calvary Hospital’s rigorous six-month training program for Cancer Care Technicians has produced hundreds of outstanding health care professionals 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 awards the Catch a Star Award to Karen Singleton, CCT, pictured (left to right):

  • Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources;
  • Francine Forrest, RN, Patient Service Manager;
  • Karen Singleton, CCT, (Honoree);
  • Dolly Domino, RN, Evening Supervisor; and
  • Camelia Brown, RN, Patient Service Manager.


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. Nearly 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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