Page 2: Letter from Calvary’s President
Meviar Smith Award
Calvary@Home Continues Impressive Growth
Page 3: Dr. Brescia Receives Honorary
Cancer Care Technician Program
Page 4: Supporting Calvary
Annual Calvary Awards Gala
Newman’s Own Foundation
Transfiguration School Students
Hospice Foundation of America
Page 6: Camp Courageous
Page 8: 8th Annual Donor
New Hospital Board Members
Did you know? Calvary@Home, established in 2001, enables of where a patient is in the disease or treatment
Our web site is more user-friendly
than ever! Calvary to bring its full-service care into the homes process, Calvary has a home program of care that
Go to www.calvaryhospital.org to: of patients and families in the Bronx, Brooklyn, ensures the right care at the right time – all offer-
• Sign up for our e-newsletter that Manhattan, Nassau, Queens, Rockland, and ing the quality of care for which Calvary is known.
debuts this fall;
Westchester. In 2008, Calvary@Home cared for In April, Calvary@Home welcomed a new hos-
• Download a copy of our latest
Annual Report and newsletters nearly 2,000 patients and families, and it is on pice medical director, Neda Vodenitcharova, MD.
(Calvary In Touch, Crossroads, etc.); target to surpass that number in 2009. Dr. Vodenitcharova is a graduate of the Medical
• See our latest TV messages The joint efforts of Calvary’s certified Home University of Sofia (Bulgaria), and she trained at
• Learn how you can support our
Health Agency and Home Hospice provide Lincoln Medical Center and James J. Peters VA
mission; and patients with a full continuum of services and Medical Center, Bronx, NY. She most recently
• Read our latest press releases. much needed options for care at home. Regardless continued on page 3
Calvary Completes Record $51.8 Million Campaign
In December 2004, Calvary Hospital announced “The leadership of Calvary Fund Chairman,
Where Life Continues: The Campaign for Richard E. Meyer, and the Calvary Fund Board,
Calvary Hospital, with the unprecedented goal of along with the continuing endorsement and
$50 Million. Thanks to the generosity of thousands encouragement of the Hospital Board and its
of donors, in December 2008, we ended the Cam- Chairman, Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., have afforded
paign on schedule, with a total of $51,778,242 us the ability to maintain stability in a very
– a record for Calvary, and a magnificent tribute challenging environment while also thoughtfully
Published by Calvary Hospital, the nation’s to our friends’ dedication to our patients and enhancing our programs to further our mission
only acute care specialty hospital devoted
exclusively to the palliative care of adult
their loved ones. of non-abandonment,” said Frank A. Calamari,
patients in the advanced stages of cancer. President and CEO of Calvary. continued on page 7
Letter from Calvary’s President
Since our last issue of Crossroads, Calvary has than ever before. For the past 18 months,
marked several milestones: Dr. Michael Brescia and I have met with
every new employee at orientation and we
• We successfully completed Where Life
meet regularly with staff. Our goal is to
Continues: The Campaign for Calvary
inculcate Calvary values and mission with
Hospital on schedule, with a total of approx-
every single employee, regardless of job title
imately $51.8 million. (Please refer to the
cover story in this issue for more details.)
After more than a century of caring for
• Calvary@Home, which provides Home
patients and their families with a philosophy
Care and Hospice to nearly 2,000 patients
of non-abandonment and dignity in a
a year, marked 10 years of its home hospice.
restraint-free environment, Calvary Hospital
We also provide hospice care to residents
and its staff remain committed to ensuring
in 24 nursing homes in the metro-NY area
that this care continues indefinitely.
and opened a 24-hour care hospice unit at
Augustana Nursing Home, which is connected
to Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.
• As we approach our 110th year of caring for
people who need us the most, maintaining Frank A. Calamari
the unique Calvary culture is more important President and CEO
2009 Meviar Smith Award Winners
At its 22nd Annual Meviar Smith Humani-
tarian Award ceremony in February, Calvary
Hospital honored Bronx residents, Johnnie
McCord, and Henrietta “Cookie” Singleton.
Mr. McCord, an associate of the Mailroom/
Printing Department, is a 15-year veteran
of Calvary; Ms. Singleton is a 21-year veteran
of the Nutritional Services Department.
Nominated by many colleagues, Mr. McCord
and Ms. Singleton were honored with the
2009 Meviar Smith Award because the com-
mittee felt that they best demonstrated the
qualities of beloved employee Meviar Smith.
The Calvary Award was first bestowed in
1988, in memory of Ms. Smith. Before she
passed away in 1987, Ms. Smith, a 28-year
veteran of Calvary, was known for her loyalty,
conscientious work ethic, and dedication to
the patients at Calvary Hospital.
Pictured from left to right: Henrietta Singleton; Michael J. Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director;
Johnnie McCord; and Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO.
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Dr. Michael Brescia Receives Honorary Doctorate Calvary@Home
continued from page 1
was a physician in a nursing home, and is Board-
certified in Hospice and Palliative Care. Carmel
Monahan, RN, MSN, CHPN, is the Director of
Patient Services for Calvary’s Hospice and Home
Care. Nancy S. D’Agostino, RN, MSN, Vice
President for Community Patient Services, over-
While there are many reasons for the growth
of Calvary@Home, quality is the most important
to our patients and their families. “We send the
same caregivers to each family, to ensure continuity
of care,” Ms. D’Agostino said. “Our clinicians and
therapists get to know our patients and families,
and they can readily detect any changes in the
patient’s condition. They can also assess the needs
of family members in an often stressful situation
and prepare for some tough decisions as the end
of life approaches.” Family members are offered
13 months of bereavement care from hospice staff
following the death of their loved ones.
Recently, Calvary featured Calvary@Home nurse
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Brescia, Calvary’s Executive Medical Director! At its 102nd Annual
Sophie Wise, in a message to Calvary’s friends. The
Commencement in May 2009, The College of New Rochelle (CNR) conferred an honorary doctorate wife of a hospice patient in New Rochelle who
degree on Dr. Brescia. In a beautifully written tribute to him, CNR cited Dr. Brescia’s strong faith, received this mailing responded, “Sophie is my
extensive service to society, and leadership to Calvary. “He is a person of faith whose genuine husband’s nurse, and we consider ourselves fortunate
devotion to mankind has been the driving force in a life dedicated to ensuring love, compassion, to have her. She always brings a smile to my hus-
and the best medical care possible for all who suffer from chronic and advanced illnesses – band’s face. We are blessed to have the hospice team
emotionally and physically.” Pictured above: Dr. Brescia (left) with CNR president, Dr. Stephen
come in and help us during this trying time. I like
the way Sophie explained that hospice becomes
emotionally connected with patients and families.
That is so comforting to my husband and me.”
Cancer Care Technician Program Calvary@Home is now available in 24 nursing
homes throughout the metropolitan area, for
residents who have been determined by a physician
In April 2009, Calvary held its 48th Center. CCTs are integral to the success of to have a life expectancy of six months or less.
Graduation Ceremony for its trademark inpatient care at Calvary. These efforts have been supported by a number of
Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. Before applicants are accepted into the foundations. This year, the Altman Foundation
In the four decades since Calvary launched CCT program, they must first work as renewed a $150,000 grant to Calvary@Home.
this unique program, more than 1,400 nurses’ aides here for at least six months, During the summer, Calvary@Home clinicians
health care professionals have graduated and demonstrate our core values of dignity, began using a sophisticated computer system to
with the necessary skills to help advanced caring, compassion, and non-abandonment update information about patients and families.
cancer patients achieve the best possible of patients and their loved ones. CCTs “The new system will free up time that we had
quality of life. received both classroom and clinical instruc- formerly devoted to extensive paper records,” Ms.
The most recent graduating class of 29 tion over an intensive six-month period, D’Agostino said. “Now we will be able to devote
CCTs was Calvary’s largest ever. They work and learned about skin care, assistance with that time to care of our patients and families.”
at our 200-bed Bronx Hospital and 25-bed feeding, patient safety, and overall comfort To learn more about Calvary@Home, visit us at
Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical of Calvary patients. www.calvaryhospital.org or call (718) 518-2465.
Calvary Hospital > Crossroads Fall 2009 > Page 3
Annual Calvary Awards Gala Hospital’s Professional Advisors Council. The Calvary Distinguished
Trustee Service Award was presented to John A. Decina, AIA, Chief
Executive Officer of Barr & Barr, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding
commitment and service on the Hospital’s Board of Directors and for
being a passionate advocate for the Calvary mission.
Newman’s Own Foundation
Since 1997, Calvary Hospital has been fortunate to receive the support
of the visionary Newman’s Own Foundation. They have been a long-
term supporter of our year-round bereavement programs for school-age
children and teens, and Camp Courageous, our summer camp for
children ages 6 through 17.
The Newman’s Own Foundation is a private foundation, which
derives its grantmaking income from royalty payments received
in conjunction with the sale of Newman’s Own food products.
Since the inception of Newman’s Own in the early 1980s, over
$265 million has been donated to thousands of charitable organ-
Pictured above, from left to right: izations worldwide.
Frank A. Calamari, President & We are proud to announce that Calvary is now a featured grantee
CEO, Calvary Hospital; Thomas J. on the Newman’s Own Foundation website!
Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman of the
Board, Calvary Hospital; Charles J. Go to: www.newmansownfoundation.com
Groppe, Esq. (honoree); Timothy Click on “Nourishing the Common Good,“ “Grantee profiles,” and then
M. Dolan, Archbishop of New on “Calvary Hospital.”
York; John A. Decina (honoree);
and Richard E. Meyer, Chairman
of the Board, Calvary Fund.
Left: Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop
of New York and Al Roker, Gala
Master of Ceremonies.
Close to four hundred people who attended Calvary Hospital’s
26th Annual Awards Gala helped raise nearly $600,000 to benefit
our programs and services for advanced stage cancer patients and
their families. Al Roker of the “TODAY” Show served as Master
His Excellency, The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan,
Archbishop of New York, gave the benediction and presented The
Calvary Medal to Charles J. Groppe, Esq., Counsel to Putney,
Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP. Mr. Groppe was recognized for his
distinguished legal career, dedication and philanthropic leadership
on behalf of the Calvary mission, and exceptional service on the
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Transfiguration School Students Make
Generous Gift to Calvary Hospital
This spring, a second grade class at the Transfiguration School, led by
teacher Jean Giorgianni, raised $341 for Calvary Hospital’s programs
and services. The students, who attend school in the heart of
Chinatown, did chores at home to earn money as part of their project
for Lent. The chores included helping set the table, washing dishes,
caring for their pets, making their beds, etc. The students also made
beautiful cards that were distributed to patients at Calvary’s 200-bed
hospital in the Bronx and at its 25-bed Brooklyn satellite at Lutheran
Since its founding in 1832, Transfiguration School has provided
generations of Irish, Italian, and Chinese immigrant children with a
solid elementary education and the teachings of the Catholic faith.
For over 175 years, Transfiguration education has been a part of the
convergence of the many people of different cultures that have lived,
worked, and grown up on the Lower East Side.
The 2nd grade class at Transfiguration School in Chinatown is pictured
with their teacher, Jean Giorgianni (back left), and Angela Valitutto
(back right), Director of Annual Giving for Calvary. Ms. Valitutto thanked
the students in person for their generous donation of $341 and beautiful
hand-made cards (pictured at right) for the Hospital’s adult patients.
Hospice Foundation of America
Early this year, the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) selected
Calvary Hospital as a recipient in its very first grants program. From
a field of more than 300 organizations, only five received the coveted
$5,000 grant. The funds will provide critical support to Calvary’s
year-round bereavement programs for school-age children and teens
(“Precious Moments” and teen support groups), and Camp Courageous,
the Hospital’s innovative summer camp for children ages 6 through To learn how you can support Calvary, visit us at
17. To date, Calvary’s youth bereavement support groups have helped www.calvaryhospital.org or call (718) 518-2077.
hundreds of children come to terms with grief.
Calvary Hospital > Crossroads Fall 2009 > Page 5
Calvary Hospital Marks 12th Season of Camp Courageous
During the week of July 13, Calvary Hospital hosted the 12th session of Camp
Courageous, a children’s bereavement camp located at Arrow Park in Monroe,
NY. The 44 participants – ages 6 to 17 – have all attended the children and teen
bereavement programs that Calvary offers year-round. This year’s session featured
a special appearance by two clowns from the Big Apple Circus (pictured above,
Lauren Sharpe, and Peter Straus, at right) a fun-filled basketball experience by
the Harlem Wizards, a mosaic art project, and a kite-making and flying activity
in memory of loved ones. Camp Courageous provided a safe, nurturing environ-
ment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings, offer hope, and
have fun for a few hours every day.
In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource
for grieving families. It offers free bereavement support groups for adults, children,
and teens. Calvary’s programs are available to anyone who has lost a loved one,
whether that person was a patient at Calvary, or someone from the larger com-
munity whose death was attributable to illness, accident, or violence.
Supporters of Calvary’s children’s bereavement programs and Camp Courageous
include: Newman’s Own Foundation, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation,
Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation, Saramar Charitable Fund,
G.L. Connolly Foundation, Hospice Foundation of America, Hagedorn Fund,
Metzger-Price Foundation, Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Charles Henry
Leach II Foundation, Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, A Little Hope,
and Brooklyn Benevolent Society.
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Calvary Completes Campaign
continued from page 1
The success of Where Life Continues has Hospice, available for those with all illnesses We offer our heartfelt gratitude and con-
supported the programs that make Calvary a who can be cared for where they reside. gratulations to all who helped us reach the
model for palliative care throughout the metro- In 2004, we admitted 1,400 patients to Campaign’s milestone goal.
politan area, the nation, and the world. Calvary@Home; by 2008, that number had The success of Where Life Continues has
grown to almost 2,000. Calvary@Home is now inspired us to set new goals that will bring
Inpatients in the Bronx and Brooklyn: Over
serving residents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Calvary care to ever greater numbers of people
the five years of the Campaign, we cared for
the Bronx, and Queens, as well as Westchester, in our area. We are now developing a new
thousands of people with advanced cancer, at
Rockland, and Nassau counties, and Calvary action plan for the next five years, which will
our Bronx campus and at the 25-bed Brooklyn
care is available in 24 nursing homes through- include the following priorities:
satellite. In addition, we provided extensive
out the metropolitan area. • strengthening endowment to safeguard
Palliative Care Institute: Campaign gifts Calvary’s future;
helped sustain training in compassionate care • reaffirming our satellite strategy, so that all
for every medical student in the New York who need us will have access to our care;
City metropolitan area – more than 800 a year. • renewing our facilities, for the comfort of
In 2004, we established INSIDE CALVARY: patients and families;
COMPASSION AND COMPETENCE IN PALLIATIVE
• expanding programs of care for inpatients
CARE , a national training program for health
and in the home as well as our research and
professionals. Calvary is the only hospital in
the metropolitan area to be designated an
“international center for training in palliative
care” by the National Cancer Institute.
The Center for Curative and Palliative
Wound Care, now one of the largest wound
care centers in the greater metropolitan area, is
known for innovative, limb-saving treatments
for people who suffer from intractable wounds
caused by diabetes, cancer, vascular disease,
and other disorders.
services for families and friends. We also
provided bereavement support for loved ones Mr. Meyer expressed his thanks to all of the
of our patients and those in the community generous donors who supported the Campaign,
at large, with special programs for adolescents and for their ongoing commitment to Calvary’s
and children, including Camp Courageous, our unique and historic mission. “Calvary’s donors
special bereavement camp for young people have shown incredible loyalty through the years,
who have endured devastating loss. and have made it possible for us to continue
to provide the very finest compassionate care
Calvary@Home, encompassing Home Health
to those patients and families who truly need
Care, Home Hospice, and Nursing Home
us. Our donors are certainly partners with us
Calvary’s core mission and values: Above all, in our very special work.”
Where Life Continues enabled our patients
and their loved ones to savor every minute of
life. We know from the many letters we receive,
year in and year out, that families are forever
grateful for the gift of Calvary care. This is the
essential meaning of Where Life Continues:
The Campaign for Calvary Hospital.
Calvary Hospital > Crossroads Fall 2009 > Page 7
8th Annual Donor Appreciation Reception
Calvary’s 8th Annual Donor Appreciation
Reception took place at The New York
Botanical Garden on May 13. A record
crowd of more than 350 guests toured the
Conservatory and Garden grounds, and
enjoyed a cocktail reception and buffet
dinner. Speakers included Frank Calamari,
Dr. Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., Mr. Richard E.
Meyer, and Dr. Michael J. Brescia. Guests
received a beautiful brochure marking
highlights of the Hospital’s 110-year history.
Pictured above, left to right: Richard E. Meyer,
Chairman, Calvary Fund Board; Frank A. Calamari,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Calvary
Hospital; Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD, Chairman,
Calvary Hospital Board; Michael J. Brescia, MD,
Executive Medical Director, Calvary Hospital.
Right: The spectacular Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
at The New York Botanical Garden.
New Calvary Hospital Board Members Staff
Monsignor Anne Coté Taylor Crossroads is published by the
Office of Public Affairs and
Edward M. Barry had a distinguished Community Relations.
currently serves as 30-year career at
Please direct inquiries to the Public
Pastor of St. Barnabas New York Hospital, Affairs Office at 718-518-2289.
(Bronx, NY) and retiring in 1994 as
Thomas J. Fahey, Jr., MD
Regional Vicar of The Vice President for Chairman
Northeast Bronx, Nursing. A highly Calvary Hospital Board of Directors
for the Archdiocese of sought-after speaker Richard E. Meyer
New York. Ordained and prolific author, Chairman
Calvary Fund Board of Directors
to the Priesthood in Ms. Taylor currently
Frank A. Calamari
1973 from St. Joseph’s serves on the Board President and Chief Executive Officer
Seminary, Monsignor Barry has served various of Directors for: Silver Crest Nursing and
Michael J. Brescia, MD
congregations as an Honorary Prelate, Pastor, Rehabilitation Center; The Eye-Bank for Executive Medical Director
and Parochial Vicar, as well as Executive Sight Restoration; and Fund the Future for Vincent J. Spinelli
Director of Youth Service and Catholic Youth Children of St. Joseph’s. Executive Vice President
Organization for the Archdiocese. Calvary Fund
Barbara J. Nitzberg
Director of Public Affairs and
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