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Celebrating 20 Years of
CalvaryCare® in Brooklyn, NY

A LOOK BACK at CalvaryCare® in Brooklyn

Since opening our doors in 2001, our 25-bed Brooklyn campus has had a huge impact on Brooklyn residents. Calvary has pivoted and cared for New York City’s diverse patient population – whatever the challenges.

Calvary's Brooklyn Team

To date, more than 6,850 patients and families have received CalvaryCare® at this campus.

CalvaryCare® in Brooklyn

Together we have brought our care into the community through Calvary@Home, wherever patients live.

Bereavement Group

Bereavement Programs

Our free bereavement support groups in Brooklyn have helped hundreds of grieving children and adults.

Timeline

2001

Campus opens in October

2011

We mark our first decade with a Palliative Care conference for healthcare professionals and the public

2011

On Flag Day, we dedicate the renovated Rosemarie O’Keefe Memorial Garden and Patio

2016

Brooklyn Diocese recognizes Calvary’s outstanding care by giving us the Pro Vita Award

2021

We have cared for more than 6,850 patients to date at this campus

Calvary Team

Our ability to provide top end-of-life care would not be possible without the staff who work at our Brooklyn campus. Here are a few of these amazing people!

Dr. Irina Makarevich

Dr. Irina Makarevich

Dr. Irina Makarevich starting working at our Brooklyn Campus not long after it opened. In 2009, she was promoted to Medical Director. New York City’s 600,000 strong Russian community is the largest in the U.S. Dr. Makarevich’s fluency in Russian is especially important for helping this thriving community with the end of life.

Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS

Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS

Patricia M. Caffrey, RN, MS was the Nurse Administrator for 15 years before stepping down in August 2021. She has been an integral to the outstanding care that staff has delivered to date.

Elena Filatov, RN, MSN

Elena Filatov, RN, MS

Elena Filatov, RN, MS is the new Nurse Administrator. Elena has spent her entire 20-year Calvary career at the Brooklyn Campus. Her fluency in Russian has been very helpful for these patients at the end of life.

Nadia Layne

Nadia Layne

Nadia Layne started working as a Calvary Care Technician in 2018. She is known for her excellent care of patients and families.

Karen Wilkow, LCSW

Karen Wilkow, LCSW

Karen Wilkow, LCSW has personal and professional connections to Calvary. Two relatives received CalvaryCare®. A social worker for more than two decades, Karen has been the staff social worker in Brooklyn since 2011.

Henry Vaval

Henry Vaval

Henry Vaval is one of our Calvary Care Technicians. A beloved member or our Brooklyn team, Henry has worked at Calvary since January 2008.

Support Our Mission

We want to take this milestone to raise support for the Brooklyn campus and wherever it is needed most.

Our goal is to raise $260,000 by November 30.

Thanks to a generous anonymous gift, we have $130,000 already committed! You can help!

Our first patient at the Brooklyn campus
Our first patient at the Brooklyn campus
Dr. Makarevich with Edna
Dr. Makarevich with Edna
The patio at the Brooklyn campus
The patio at the Brooklyn campus

Family Member Quotes about Calvary in Brooklyn

Joe Hall

“My father, uncle, and nephew received CalvaryCare®. Whether it was at the Brooklyn Campus or through Calvary@Home, I always knew they were in excellent hands.”

Joe Hall

Leslie Brodksy

“Our mother Silvia celebrated her 101st birthday at the Brooklyn campus. Our family believes that Calvary’s exceptional end of life care enriched her final days and was an outstanding choice.”

The Brodsky Family

Lois Colucci

“When my husband needed hospice care and insisted on staying at home, Calvary was able to make his wish come true. After he died, your bereavement support group allowed me to heal from this loss.”

Lois Colucci

Brooklyn Bereavement Team

Samantha Iannuzzi

Samantha Iannuuzzi
MA, MHC-LP

Samantha Iannuzzi leads five support groups: those who have experienced the death of a partner/spouse due to COVID-19, a mindfulness and movement through grief group, a men’s discussion group, a support group for guardians raising a grieving child and a tween group for children ages 10-12.

Rashida Sanchez

Rashida Sanchez
MA, FT

Rashida Sanchez leads three support groups: for adults who have experienced the death of a partner/spouse, child or parent. Rashida also leads a children’s group for kids 6-9 and a teen group that meets in downtown Brooklyn. Rashida is fluent in English and Haitian Creole.

R. Abby Spilka

R. Abby Spilka
MA, CT, LMHC

R. Abby Spilka leads five support groups: Young Adult Bereavement, Death of a Child, Death of a Young Spouse/Partner, Death of a Parent Due to COVID, and the Tween group for bereaved 9-12 year olds, as well as follow-up groups for adult children and spouse/partners.

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