Commitment To Compassionate Care
Pastoral care is of prime importance at Calvary Hospital and represents our commitment to compassionate care for the “whole” person. The Hospital has a staff of 24 chaplains, who represent the three major faith traditions. Our Home Hospice has seven chaplains. Calvary Hospital has affiliations with chaplains of all faiths, such as Buddhism, and Islam, who can be called upon as necessary to minister to our patients. We also have several Spanish-speaking chaplains on staff. Many of our chaplains are Board-certified and have participated in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Calvary Hospital is very respectful of all wishes regarding pastoral care, including opt-outs – we understand that spirituality and religion are extremely personal, and also know that spirituality may take on a special importance for people facing the end of life. Our chaplains can also be helpful to those who may have been alienated from their faith tradition, but seek some measure of reconnection at the end of life.
Pastoral Care Providers are in the Hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff is multilingual. We are available to serve you in many languages including but not limited to Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Italian. Other languages are available through a translation service.
For more information, please call (718) 518-2173.
Calvary Hospital’s Bronx campus has a beautiful interfaith chapel, which is always open for quiet reflection and prayer. We also have our own Ark and Torah for use in our Jewish services. Mass is celebrated every day, and there is a Jewish service every Friday to welcome the Sabbath. All religious programs and services are available throughout the day on the televisions in each patient’s room, on Channel 19.
We offer a wide variety of religious practices such as the sharing of appropriate liturgy, scripture, sacrament, prayer and worship. We are available for pastoral counseling and quiet listening—hearing, seeing, being—in your moments of deepest feeling or concerns of the heart. In sharing and understanding your spiritual issues, our Chaplains offer to help you come to greater peace with yourself, with others and with your God.
Calvary care for Jewish patients and families includes comprehensive services such as: pastoral care by the Hospital’s two staff rabbis; end-of-life counseling in accordance with Jewish tradition; kosher meals and cholov yisroel dairy products; kosher food pantry with separate microwave ovens for meat and dairy, refrigerator and sink; Shabbat lounge; Shabbat observance and celebration of major Jewish holidays. Everything is done to make our Jewish patients and visitors feel as comfortable as possible during their stay at Calvary.
In November 2012, Calvary Hospital and Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) announced a collaboration that will better serve the needs of observant Jewish families in the metropolitan area who need information and access to excellent end-of-life care. To learn more about the collaboration, please click here. To view the Jewish brochure, please click here.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Calvary is the country’s only fully accredited acute care hospital dedicated to providing palliative care for adult advanced cancer patients. Calvary’s 20-week, 400-hour Clinical Pastoral Education program is the country’s only one exclusively focused on giving students hands-on experience solely with terminally ill patients in a hospital and home hospice setting. Each week, students attend a 5-hour group class and complete 15 hours of clinical work with current Calvary inpatients and @Home/Hospice patients. They are under the supervision of Rev. Carlos Alejandro, a certified supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).
The Calvary CPE program provides pastoral care training for interfaith, multicultural clergy and lay persons who wish to become certified as professional chaplains. The training is also available to healthcare professionals exploring ways of integrating spirituality into their care of patients and their loved ones. Calvary offers two accelerated, part-time units a year and a full-time summer unit.
Calvary Hospital's CPE program offers Level I, II CPE under the standards of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. It is accredited by ACPE, the industry’s leading professional organization.
For further information about Clinical Pastoral Education at Calvary,
please call (718) 518-2666.
For more information about ACPE:
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 300333
Tel: (404) 320-1472
Calvary Hospital offers support groups for the families and friends of our patients, who often find comfort among those who share their experience. Our Pastoral Care Providers, together with social workers, facilitate these groups to help you cope with the stress of your loved one’s illness. A support group for Spanish-speaking families is also held weekly. We encourage family members and friends to attend these groups.
Our continuing Pastoral Care includes Memorial Services, Bereavement Support Groups, individual counseling and “Precious Moments,” an after-school program for grieving children ages 6-11. Calvary Hospital is also a center for bereavementeducation for the community and clinicians. For information, call the Director of Bereavement Services, or ask your Pastoral Care Provider or social worker.
For further information about Bereavement Support,
please call (718) 518-2125.