A Message From the President

As we enter our 115th year, Calvary Hospital has much to be proud of. Regardless of how the American healthcare system continues to evolve, one thing remains constant – the dedication of our employees. Whether they work at our Bronx campus, Brooklyn Satellite, or provide Home Care and Home Hospice in people’s homes, our employees approach their responsibilities with their hearts open and spirits strong. This outlook permeates every aspect of Calvary.

We know that at this difficult time, families entrust the care of their loved ones to us; Calvary does not take this responsibility lightly. It takes special people to care for patients with advanced cancer. As many family members have told us, we partner with them hand-in-hand to take this journey together – we don’t abandon them when they need us most. Calvary employees provide a sanctuary for patients and families at this sacred time. We work together to ensure that the last moments in life for the patients are what they and their families would like them to be.

This year, Calvary marked several milestones:

  • We cared for more than 5,785 patients and families. Our 200-bed Bronx campus and our 25-bed satellite at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn served 2,955 inpatients; hospice and home careserved 2,385 patients throughout the greater New York area; and 445 patients sought help at our Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care.
  • In 2013, the Calvary Fund reported that $12,497,225 in gifts and pledges was raised for Calvary’s unique mission. Included in this total was a singular gift of $4,000,000 made to ArchCare, for the benefit of Calvary Hospital by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, to name the Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home. The hospice, under the supervision
    of Calvary@Home, will allow people to receive an inpatient
    level of care in Manhattan.  Click here for information on The Dawn Greene Hospice.
  • The NYS Department of Health gave Calvary permission to expand our Home Care program for the first time into Brooklyn, Staten Island, Rockland and Putnam Counties, and all of Manhattan.
  • Our 10th Annual Trusts & Estates conference attracted a record 325 attendees, comprised of New York State’s leading estate planning attorneys.
  • Our collaboration with Yeshiva University for the observant Jewish community continues to flourish. The YU Rabbinic Panel visited Calvary and we conducted a ribbon cutting of our Kosher Hospitality Room and Shabbos Lounge.
  • In memory of former Medical Director Dr. James E. Cimino, who served Calvary faithfully for more than 50 years, the Hospital established the James E. and Dorothy A. Cimino Award. The inaugural honoree was Cathy Kalinski, RN, BSN, CWON, who was recognized for her devoted care, kindness, and compassion, to patients at the end of life.
  • Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home received full accreditation by The Joint Commission, an unbroken record since our first evaluation more than 23 years ago.

    We could not have accomplished this without the continued guidance of Dr. Michael J. Brescia. We celebrated his 50 years at Calvary at our annual Spring Donor Reception at the New York Botanical Garden.

    Our program in Brooklyn continues to grow. We care for inpatients at our Brooklyn Satellite, provide home care and hospice through Calvary@Home, and offer free weekly bereavement support program for adults, children, and teens in downtown Brooklyn.
    Through our collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC), Calvary hosted visitors from throughout the world who traveled thousands of miles roundtrip to learn the Calvary model of palliative care.

    We raised more than $1 million at our Annual Awards Gala, making it one of the most successful in our history. The Fund welcomed new board member William W. Wilson, while the Hospital Board welcomed Reverend Eric P. Cruz. We know they will bring their dedication and special talents to the Fund and Hospital Board deliberations.

    All of us, from the Board of Directors, Administration, Nursing, Medicine, support staff, and volunteers, are proud to be able to make our patients and their families as physically, spiritually and emotionally comfortable as possible. We appreciate the privilege of caring for those most in need of our care, at a most difficult time of their lives.

 

Frank A. Calamari
President and CEO

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