Crossroads – Spring 2021

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Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez
Chairman of Calvary Fund Board
Calvary Hospital

Letter from the Calvary Fund Board Chairman

Dear Friends of Calvary,

As Chair of the Calvary Fund Board, I am honored by the outstanding commitment of our donors to our community and the mission of Calvary.

Last year, we witnessed great disruption and crisis, but as we reached for those bedrocks in our community, we were reminded that we have the foundation to weather all storms.

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COVID-19 Update

Calvary’s priority has always been the safety and well-being of all patients, staff, and visitors. This principle was tested numerous times during the coronavirus roller coaster that we experienced last year.

With 12 months of this pandemic under our belt, Calvary is more committed than ever to safety.

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Covid Vaccination
Ellen Lu Taylor

Ellen Lu Taylor

At Calvary, people do not die alone. Since her birth 86 years ago, Ellen Lu Taylor has lived her life to its fullest. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia into an ethnic Chinese family, Ellen was raised in Bandung, the city where her father’s family goes back several generations.

Read Ellen’s story

Calvary’s website updates make seeking care at the end of life less daunting

For those who are interested in receiving CalvaryCare® where they reside, we recently launched a new site that consolidates all the information you would need to know about hospice care in the community.

Calvary can seamlessly transition patients from their home to an inpatient setting with just a simple phone call.

Visit Calvary Hospice

Calvary Hospice
Susan Arseven

Calvary Hospital took care of my beloved wife Susan over 21 years ago!

Why did you choose Calvary Hospital?

“I wanted to take care of my wife at home. My primary concern was that if she fell down and got hurt, I would never be able to forgive myself.”

Read Ersen’s story

A Year in Palliative Care

It’s hard to believe that it was barely 30 years ago when the term Palliative Care first became known in the U.S.

This refers to care a person receives that is focused on symptom control, pain relief, and quality of life, rather than a cure for the illness.

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A Year in Palliative Care
Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

For people who like to rely on our main hospital for information, we have updated our virtual tour located on the home page.

Wherever you are, see what Calvary can offer you at our four locations.

Tour the Bronx Campus

Thank You to our Foundation Donors

Calvary is a blanket of comfort for our community thanks to the support of the foundations that support Calvary’s mission.

View our Foundation Donors

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Storrs Society

Thanks To Our 2020 Storrs Society Members

Your contributions support Calvary Hospital’s special mission of providing care, comfort, and compassion to over 6,000 patients and families.

More about The Storrs Society

Mary Murray

“When Sheila passed, she took my heart with her.”

Read Mary’s Story.

Mary and Sheila
Tree of Life

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.

Your gift of love helps thousands of patients and families today and tomorrow by remembering yesterday.

Memorialize someone special

Calvary Hospital 37th Annual Awards Gala

On Monday, December 14, 2020, Calvary Hospital held its 37th Annual Awards Gala in a virtual format, raising over $900,000 to benefit our patients and families.

Read More about the Gala

Alan Menken

Alan Menken
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning composer

Trusts & Estates Conference

Calvary’s 17th Annual Trusts & Estates Conference

Nearly 300 of the area’s top trusts and estates attorneys joined the virtual conference. This year’s topic, “Ethics for Breakfast: Ethical Implications for Attorneys in the Gig Economy” proved to be a timely topic due to continuing changes in the workplace related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More about the Trusts & Estates Conference

Letter from the Calvary Fund Board Chairman

Carlos Hernandez

Dear Friends of Calvary,

As Chair of the Calvary Fund Board, I am honored by the outstanding commitment of our donors to our community and the mission of Calvary.

Last year, we witnessed great disruption and crisis, but as we reached for those bedrocks in our community, we were reminded that we have the foundation to weather all storms.

Calvary Hospital has seen more than one pandemic, but continues to provide excellence in palliative care to help cancer patients in their final days. Their commitment to providing compassion, comfort and care to thousands of patients and families is possible because of your support.

As we look ahead, we are inspired and moved by the care we were able to provide to Mary Murray’s beloved sister Sheila in 2017. For 11 weeks, Calvary provided care to her sister for which Mary is truly grateful as she shares in her story…

“I wish I could have kept her at home, and even if I was provided with nurses 24 hours a day, it wouldn’t have mattered. I couldn’t provide the same care she received at Calvary.”

For many in the healthcare community, COVID-19 has forced them to confront the harsh realities that people are facing at the end-of-life.

Despite the efforts of many organizations, there are still many misconceptions about palliative care among the public and within the healthcare community. This year, Calvary is embarking on an initiative, “A Year in Palliative Care,” to address the critical issues at end of life. They will initiate a multi-channel campaign to educate people about palliative care.

Please visit www.calvaryhospital.org for updates, or to sign up to receive palliative care email alerts at www.calvaryhospital.org/inform.

Your continued commitment to Calvary Hospital is paramount and fundamental to the growth and expansion of the hospital and its services. Thank you once again for your support of this sacred mission.

Carlos M. Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez
Chairman of Calvary Fund Board
Calvary Hospital

A Year in Palliative Care

A YEAR IN PALLIATIVE CARE

Palliative care can play an important role in a person’s program of care before they get to the end of life.

It’s hard to believe that it was barely 30 years ago when the term Palliative Care first became known in the U.S. This refers to care a person receives that is focused on symptom control, pain relief, and quality of life, rather than a cure for the illness.

Many people usually become familiar with this topic when a loved one receives hospice in the last six months of life. However, palliative care can be given while other ongoing treatments are being applied. This aspect sets palliative care apart from hospice care.

Now the tide has turned. For people still receiving some sort of curative care, palliative care can actually play an important role in a person’s program of care before they get to the end of life. It is no longer relegated to end-of-life patients.

For many in the healthcare community, COVID-19 has forced them to confront the harsh realities of people facing the end of life.

“COVID-19 transformed medical care in a revolutionary way,” said Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Chief Operating Officer, Calvary Hospital. “The sheer patient volume and unpredictability of an unfamiliar disease spotlighted how important it was for all healthcare professionals – especially those in curative settings – to have basic knowledge of palliative care.”

Despite efforts by many entities, there are still many misconceptions about palliative care among the public and within the healthcare community. To help address this, Calvary is embarking on an initiative this year, “A Year in Palliative Care.” Using a multi-channel approach, Calvary will educate people by spotlighting topics such as: questions to ask when seeking hospice care, inpatient versus home hospice, keeping family members engaged, Advance Care Planning, and much more.

“The ability of a physician to bring up palliative and possible hospice care to their patients at the appropriate time – is a fundamental responsibility of the medical profession. Doing so can help avoid unnecessary and futile treatments that have little impact on patients’ quality of life,” noted Dr. Comfort.

“Palliative care should be part of the skillset of every physician. We should not be segregating palliative care into a medical specialty like it is now.”

Calvary’s 17th Annual Trusts & Estates Conference

Trusts & Estates Conference

Nearly 300 of the area’s top trusts and estates attorneys joined the virtual conference. This year’s topic, “Ethics for Breakfast: Ethical Implications for Attorneys in the Gig Economy,” proved to be a timely one due to continuing changes in the workplace related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Honorable Nora S. Anderson, Surrogate, New York County returned as the moderator for an esteemed panel of experts, which included Mary P. O’Reilly, Esq., Partner, Meltzer Lippe; Lisa Solomon, Esq., Owner, Lisa Solomon Legal Research & Writing; Lori Sullivan, Esq., Counsel, Seward & Kissell LLP; and J. Richard Supple, Jr., Esq., Partner, Clyde & Co. LLP.

All attendees qualified to receive two CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits in Ethics and Professionalism. The conference is organized by the Calvary Hospital Professional Advisors Council (PAC).

Special recognition must be extended to the generous sponsors and supporters of this year’s conference, our distinguished panel and Conference Co-Chairs (pictured top left l to r):
Erin Gilmore Smith, Esq., Senior Vice President, Senior Trust Officer, Bank of America Private Bank; Gerard F. Joyce, Esq., National Head of Trusts and Estates, Managing Director and Deputy General Trust Counsel, Fiduciary Trust Company International; (pictured bottom center) Leah D. Hokenson, Esq., Managing Director, Baldwin Brothers LLC.

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