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CROSSROADS – Summer 2020

Letter From The Calvary Fund Executive Vice President

Timothy P. BarrDear Friends,

These have been difficult days for all of us, and we are truly grateful for your continued support. Your commitment to Calvary plays a pivotal role in our ability to manage this unexpected health crisis and stay true to our mission of non-abandonment.

Lifting up the burden of fear and anxiety is what Calvary does. We continue to do just that every day with the comfort of faith that guides and sustains us. We are unwavering in the face of this worldwide health emergency, which is highlighted in our article

“We Never Let Fear Divert Us From Our Purpose” (page 3), and we are mindful of the efforts of our dedicated staff as indicated in the article “Spotlight on Nurses”(page 6). We are grateful for the many donations of food, PPE, electronic equipment and other items submitted to Calvary Hospital in response to COVID-19 over the last several months (page 15).

Above all else, I want to assure you that we are meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their loved ones. That was Calvary’s mission before this crisis began and will continue to be as we embrace the ever changing environment.

Here’s how Calvary is continuing to respond to our community in need:

  • We changed our visiting policy based on the Department of Health guidelines to allow in-person visits daily from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Bronx and Brooklyn Campuses. For up-to-date information, please visit: https://www.calvaryhospital.org/calvary-hospital-update-on-covid-19/#visiting
  • We were the very first hospice provider to admit COVID-19 patients in the metropolitan region – and are currently operating at more than full capacity in private homes and nursing homes around the metropolitan area. Our fearless hospice nurses care for nearly 400 patients every day in the community, an increased demand of over 30-40% since the pandemic started.
  • And for our community members who are grieving, we have put our bereavement groups all online at no cost, to continue bringing comfort to adults and children who have suffered the death of a loved one due to COVID-19.

Calvary has faced other pandemics and prevailed. With over 120 years of service, we possess the institutional experience and fortitude to stay committed to our merciful mission of non-abandonment, no matter what the circumstances. The world may have changed, but the quality of CalvaryCare® never will.

As we face these daily changes, know that our heroic staff is providing care to our patients and the families who love them – those who have trusted us with those most precious to them.

We will persevere, stay true to our mission and remain – the place where life continues.

With gratitude,
Timothy P. Barr
Timothy P. Barr
Executive Vice President