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Patients & Families: Kathy Selvaggio

Kathy Selvaggio

Kathy Selvaggio

“Calvary didn’t miss a beat when it came to making sure that Kathy got her wish”

“When my beloved wife Kathy was suffering from a rare lung disease, we all knew that she needed expert care – she needed Calvary. The skills and compassion of Calvary’s doctors and nurses managed her physical, emotional, and psychological pain.

Family means so much to Kathy. Just the thought of being separated from our children and grandchildren was making her anxious. Kathy was so worried about missing out on all the important events of their lives – like our son’s wedding.

It was impossible for her to attend so Calvary did the next best thing. They arranged a remote telecast between the wedding venue in Brooklyn and Calvary’s Bronx campus. Not only was Kathy able to watch the wedding live, she was able to interact with everyone at the wedding.

Calvary didn’t miss a beat when it came to making sure that Kathy got her wish. She wore her beautiful dress, and a professional hairstylist and make-up artist provided her with the royal treatment she so well deserved. Thank you, Calvary.”

Joe Selvaggio

We are not like other hospitals

We understand that when a loved one is near the end of life nothing means more than being together.

CalvaryCare® spans a wide range of care options, based on the unique needs of the patient and their families. Calvary, founded on the guiding principles of compassion, dignity and non-abandonment, cares for patients and their loved ones.

Calvary’s program of care is designed to meet and address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones.

What is CalvaryCare®

The Best Hospice Care in the New York Metro-Area

During his last days, only Calvary Hospital was able to relieve our son Greg’s cancer pain with peace and dignity.
No parent should ever have to bury their child. But on October 14, 2014, our son Greg, only 35, lost his battle with cancer. Courageous throughout his entire life, with a love for adventure and travel, it was heartbreaking to see him suffer. But thanks to you and your expert staff, you relieved Greg’s physical pain, and the emotional pain of our entire family, as well. For Greg’s final week, our family alternated our overnight stays, so we would always be with him. In fact, his hospital room became a sacred place for us, filled with peace and serenity. Your combination of professional expertise and compassion was remarkable. We have never seen such genuine care and concern. Believe us, we know. I’m a physical therapist, and my wife is a registered nurse. Greg lived out his final days with dignity and peace, in a place like no other. –Thank you Calvary Hospital.

Michael & Rosemary Salamone

Your care for my Susan during her final days was life-saving.
I am grateful beyond words for the care that Calvary Hospital provided my beloved wife Susan at the end of her life. Your medical attention and palliative expertise were superior. Your attentive sensitivity to our needs as a Jewish family was remarkable. And your heartfelt love which we felt from every staff member was genuine. Calvary provided Susan with more than just a place for her to die, but also a sheltered, peaceful community to leave this life as she lived it – with her dignity undiminished. As soon as Calvary started caring for Susan, you lifted that heavy burden from us and allowed us to simply be a family once again. Because of you, my soulmate died in peace, which assures me that she will rest in peace. God bless you, Calvary Hospital.

Rabbi Jeffrey J. Sirkman