A Message From the President

At Calvary Hospital, we embrace care for people dying of cancer as one of the highest expressions of the healing arts and sciences.  We are guided by a philosophy of non-abandonment of care, in which staff members, working collaboratively, provide patients with a full complement of medical, social, psychological, and spiritual services in a restraint-free environment, restoring dignity so often stripped from them at the final stages of life. Our philosophy of non-abandonment emphasizes constant loving touch, full communication, consistent and responsive service, and sensitivity to the needs of family members.

Along with excellent medical and nursing care, Calvary also provides continuous celebratory experiences, both social and spiritual, for patients and their loved ones.  This celebration is a reaffirmation of life despite terminal illness, and a reaffirmation of Calvary’s mission.

Calvary had much to celebrate in 2012:

  • Our dedicated staff cared for 3,047 inpatients at our 200-bed Bronx Campus and our 25-bed Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center;
  • 2,483 patients suffering from advanced cancer and other chronic and acute advanced illnesses, were cared for by our Calvary@Home staff (home care/hospice/nursing home hospice).  Our innovative nursing home hospice care is now offered in more than 30 facilities, including our first one in Nassau County;
  • We marked 15 years of offering home hospice care to people throughout the metropolitan New York area;
  • We established a relationship with Mary Manning Walsh in Manhattan to provide an inpatient level of care for a select number of patients;
  • Our Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care served 441 patients and began offering free foot screenings for adult diabetics; 
  • In August 2013, we marked the 16h anniversary of Camp Compass, an innovative bereavement camp that has served hundreds of children ages 6 to 17 to date;
  • We celebrated the 9th anniversary of the Family Care Center, which offers patients' families a respite from the medical floors.  Among other services, the Center also holds educational seminars targeted specifically for family members who may be at increased risk for cancer and stress-related illnesses; and
  • Our Palliative Care Institute continued its research and training activities, and also continued to share Calvary's palliative care expertise with health care professionals throughout the world through our on-site program "Inside Calvary."

After more than a century of caring for patients and their families in a manner that offers peace, calm, and preservation of choice, and freedom from pain. Calvary Hospital and its dedicated staff are committed to ensuring that its mission continues.

Frank A. Calamari
President and CEO

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