CROSSROADS – Fall 2020

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours all the blessings of this Holiday Season

Among our list to be thankful for is every one of you who has supported Calvary through thick and thin. Stay safe and in good health.

Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD
Chairman, Calvary Hospital Board of Directors

Frank A. Calamari
President and Chief Executive Officer

Carlos M. Hernandez
Chairman, Calvary Fund, Inc.

I was in a State of Panic!

“I was in a state of panic and had no idea how to handle the dying process. Calvary took care of me, too. It was the most phenomenal thing. It was like angels came in, wrapped their arms around me, and made things so much easier.”
– Arlene Grauer

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Arlene Grauer
Calvary Heart

We Are Always Here For You And Your Loved Ones

Here at Calvary, our mission is to make sure that everyone experiencing grief has a safe place to go when a significant person in their life dies. At Calvary, we offer more than 30 bereavement groups across our three sites for grieving individuals.

This September marked our 2nd annual Grief Awareness Month, it is our mission to help all those in our communities that are feeling challenged in their grief.

COVID-19 Scams to Look Out For

The COVID-19 crisis has put us all under pressure. Unfortunately, just as with previous disasters, scammers take advantage of our genuine fears and concerns.

Most of the scams circulating are old scams retooled for the current situation, here are some to look out for…

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Covid Scams
Maria Antonelli, RN

Spotlight On Nurses – Celebrating Our Heroes

“We help families navigate this special end-of-life journey. This is what CalvaryCare® is all about.”
– Maria Antonelli, RN

A Calvary nurse is a special nurse. He or she needs to be able to care for the patient and their family.

Read Maria’s profile

Who Needs A Will

In general, people used to think that estate planning was only for old people or wealthy individuals, but that mindset is changing.

It is not just Baby Boomers that need to prepare their wills. Estate planning is relevant to all Millennials and Generations X, Y, and Z (starting at age 18). If you can vote, you should have a will.

Learn more about our wills

Will
Calvary Thanks You

Calvary Hospital Honors All Of Our Nurses And Frontline Workers

Our nurses have always been the backbone of our care program. This year, our nurses and entire Calvary Hospital staff have been in the trenches fighting the war against COVID-19 with commitment, grace and compassion.

More about our nurses

Caribbean Porridge

Use 1% milk, or any milk (lowfat, 2%, skim or coconut), to mix into the cornmeal. Note: Add the cornmeal to cold milk and stir, stir, stir. If you follow these two simple rules, you’ll have creamy, smooth porridge every time. Makes 2 servings.

Full recipe

Caribbean Porridge
Storrs Society

Thanks To All The Donors & Friends Of Calvary Hospital

“I am proud to support the Calvary mission as a member of the STORRS SOCIETY. I want to make sure that Calvary’s unique care will continue to be available to people who need it.”

More about The Storrs Society

Calvary’s Tree of Life

A gift to Calvary’s Tree of Life ensures that a loved one’s name will exist in perpetuity with the lifetime of the Hospital.

Memorialize someone special today, because your gift of love helps thousands of patients and families today and tomorrow by remembering yesterday

Tree of Life
Prayer

We would consider it an honor to pray for you and those you love

God has given Calvary Hospital the wonderful task of administering His comfort.

We would consider it an honor to pray for you and those you love.

Please click here for a prayer submission

Read the full issue of Crossroads Fall 2020

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Crossroads Fall 2020

I was in a State of Panic!

Arlene

Arlene Grauer watched her mother, Eleanor Grauer, and aunt, Dorothy Grauer, go through Calvary’s hospice care.

“I was in a state of panic and had no idea how to handle the dying process. Calvary took care of me, too. It was the most phenomenal thing. It was like angels came in, wrapped their arms around me, and made things so much easier.”

When Arlene believed Mom needed end-of-life care in 2004, Calvary Hospice was there to provide her with the expert care that she deserved. What surprised Arlene was how she was cared for as well.

Eleanor was given a few weeks to live when Calvary’s hospice program began treating her at Providence Rest in the Bronx, taking her off a restricted diet and allowing her to enjoy Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

Eleanor lived nine months under hospice care before dying of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 93 in 2004. “She was so comfortable. It was unbelievable,” said Arlene.

Years later, when her aunt needed the same kind of care, Arlene turned to us again, confident that Calvary would provide her aunt with the same excellent care. Given care at home, Dorothy died at the age of 94 in 2011 in the home where she lived since she was 8 years old.
Both times, Calvary made sure that Arlene’s mother and aunt were cared for with compassion and comfort and without pain. Their quality of life was the priority.

“I felt that I was putting them in the hands of angels, and I was.”

Storrs Society

“I am proud to support the Calvary mission as a member of the Storrs Society

I want to make sure that Calvary’s unique care will continue to be available to people who need it.”

For more information about the Storrs Society, contact Chris Ayson at 718-518-2680.

COVID-19 Scams to Look Out For

Covid scam alert

The FDA Issues Warning Over Potential COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers that while a vaccine is closer to distribution, so are COVID-19 vaccine scams.
  • The FDA fears misleading products could cause Americans to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to life-threatening harm.
  • There is also a fear that the COVID-19 vaccine scams could lead to many people having their personally identifiable information (PII) and personal health information (PHI) stolen.
  • Consumers should only get vaccines from approved medical providers, not respond to any calls that ask for PHI or PII, and not click on any links claiming to sell cures.

Tips To Keep Your Identity Safe During The 2020 Covid-19 Holiday Season

Watch for COVID-19 Holiday Scams
Here are some scams to watch for this COVID-19 holiday season.

  • Job Scams – Much of the economy remains shut down or open in a limited capacity. Millions of people are looking to gig economy jobs like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to get by. People could rely on gig economy jobs even more during the holidays to make extra cash. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported losses of $134 million in 2019 to social media scams.In the first half of 2020, the FTC already reported $117 million, with most scams coming from viewing an ad. Scammers may claim in advertisements that they can get shoppers access to premium jobs for the holidays with big tips in exchange for an upfront fee. Gig economy scams can also lead consumers to phishing websites that steal login credentials.
  • Giving Scams – People typically give more to charities around the holiday season. However, with more families in need of help in 2020, we may see an even bigger increase in people making donations. Expect criminals to attack with giving scams, looking to steal people’s money and personal information. In fact, scammers have used giving scams to take advantage of people since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Grandparent Scams – Another popular holiday scam is the grandparent scam. A grandparent scam is where scammers claim a family member is in trouble and needs help. With the holidays here, scammers could pose as sick family members.
  • Online Shopping Scams – Many more people will be shopping online this holiday season. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), 65 percent of people shopped online last year. This year, online shopping is expected to increase by 10 percent to 75 percent. With the increase in web traffic, consumers should be wary of messages claiming they have been locked out of their accounts. Scammers may send phishing emails making such claims while looking to steal usernames, passwords and account information.

COVID-19 Scam Prevention Information Sourced in partnership with The ITRC is a non-profit organization established to empower and guide consumers, victims, businesses and the government to minimize risk and mitigate the impact of identity compromise and crime.

To learn more, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center toll-free at 888.400.5530 or via live-chat on the company website.

Caribbean Porridge

CARIBBEAN PORRIDGE
Use 1% milk, or any milk (low-fat, 2%, skim or coconut), to mix into the cornmeal. Note: Add the cornmeal to cold milk and stir, stir, stir. If you follow these two simple rules, you’ll have creamy, smooth porridge every time. Makes 2 servings.

Porridge is served daily as part of the breakfast choices at Calvary Hospital.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 1⁄2 cups cold Milk
  • 1⁄2 cup Cornmeal
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1⁄2 tsp Salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1⁄2 tsp Pimento Berries
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbsp. Condensed Milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place 2 cups of water in a pot over medium heat.
  • Add bay leaf, milk, salt, pimento berries and cinnamon sticks to water.
  • While water is boiling, mix cornmeal with milk. Once mixed well, pour the mixture into the pot.
  • Stir continuously as the mixture begins to thicken.
  • Add grated nutmeg, vanilla, and condensed milk to taste.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and pimento berries and pour into bowls.

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