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Canberra, Australia

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News Article | May 4, 2017
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On April 30, Calvary Hospital hosted its annual Spring Donor Brunch at The New York Botanical Garden. Two hundred and eighty-six people gathered at the picturesque site to hear about the latest news from about the Hospital. Two family members, Socorro DeJesus and Missy Cohen Pirinea, shared their experience with CalvaryCare for their brother and husband, respectively. Ms. Pirinea's husband and Ms. DeJesus' brother were Calvary patients in 2007 and 2014, respectively. Afterward, attendees enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit at the NYBG. The Spring Donor Brunch is a function for The Society of 1899, established by Calvary Hospital to honor the visionary men and women who made gifts to or made a bequest to the hospital. It is held annually at prestigious auction houses throughout Manhattan. Society members are invited to attend an art specialist’s presentation, a private viewing of a currently-featured exhibit, and a reception following the program. Brunches in recent years have featured lectures and exhibits of Old Masters paintings, European furniture and decorative arts, and Russian art. Since 1899, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. The voluntary, not-for-profit hospital operates in connection with the Archdiocese of New York. With Bronx and Brooklyn locations that have 225 combined beds and a combined staff of more than 1,000, more than 5,800 patients receive CalvaryCare throughout the greater New York area each year. Calvary has been frequently recognized for its outstanding patient dedication. In 2016 alone, The Joint Commission awarded full accreditation and a Gold Seal of Approval to Calvary, and Press Ganey honored it for the 11th straight year for being in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction. To learn how Calvary can help, please visit http://www.calvaryhospital.org.


Brennan F.,Calvary Hospital
Internal Medicine Journal | Year: 2017

Significant developments have occurred in the discipline of palliative care in the modern era. This paper shall explore those developments, challenge some widely held misconceptions about the role and daily practice of the discipline, highlight the growing recognition of the role of palliative care in non-malignant diseases, briefly discuss innovations in symptom management and reflect on the underlying principles, maturation and challenges faced by the discipline. © 2017 Royal Australasian College of Physicians


News Article | March 1, 2017
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Calvary Hospital announced that their 24th Annual Bereavement Course will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays from March 8 through May 17 in downtown Brooklyn. The address is St. Joseph’s High School, 80 Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. The course is designed for those who work in the helping professions (social workers, nurses, funeral directors, etc.) who may need to address bereavement and grief related issues in their professional lives. (This is not for bereaved family members.) The Hospital’s 10-week course is taught by various specialists from Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home (Home Care and Hospice). Upon completion, each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Continuing Education Credits and contact hours are pending from the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directors and Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). These courses have been approved for contact hours by a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP), and Credential Prevention Specialist (CPS). Fees are as follows: To register for the entire 10-session course, or for individual sessions, go to http://www.calvaryhospital.org to download a copy of the registration form. Individuals can also register at the door. Checks should be made payable to Calvary Hospital. Please send all registrations and payment to Calvary Hospital- Bereavement Services, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10461. Questions may also be directed to Lynn Pappalardi at 718-518-2173, or lpappalardi(at)calvaryhospital(dot)org. March 8 - An Overview of "Normal" Grief, Sherry R. Schachter, Ph.D., FT (6-7 p.m.); Disenfranchised Grief: Intuitive vs Instrumental Grievers (7-8 p.m.) March 15 - Making Decisions at the End of Life, Christopher Comfort, MD (6-7 p.m.); Delirium and Depression in the Dying Patient, Robert Brescia, MD (7-8 p.m.) May 3 - General Bereavement for Young Adults, Joanne Romero, MA (6-7 p.m.); Death of a Spouse/Partner (7-8 p.m.) May 17 - Grief and Trauma in Today's Digital Age, Sherry R. Schachter, Ph.D., FT and Rashida Sanchez, MA (6-7 p.m.); Compassion Fatigue, Sherry R. Schachter, Ph.D. FT (7-8 p.m.) This activity has been submitted to PA State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. PA State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to http://www.calvaryhospital.org.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Calvary Hospital announced that their 24th Annual Bereavement Course will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays from March 6 through May 8. The course is designed for those who work in the helping professions (social workers, counselors, teachers, nurses, funeral directors, etc.) who may need to address bereavement and grief related issues in their professional lives. The course is not for bereaved family members. The Hospital’s 10-week course is taught by various specialists from Calvary Hospital and from Calvary@Home (Home Care and Hospice). Upon completion, each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Continuing Education Credits and contact hours are pending from the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directors and ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling). These courses have been approved for contact hours by a CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), CPP (Credentialed Prevention Professional), and a CPS (Credential Prevention Specialist). Fees are as follows: To register for the entire 10-session course, or for individual sessions, go to http://www.calvaryhospital.org to download a copy of the registration form. Individuals can also register at the door. Checks should be made payable to Calvary Hospital. Please send all registrations and payment to Calvary Hospital- Bereavement Services, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10461. Questions may also be directed to Lynn Pappalardi at 718-518-2173 or lpappalardi(at)calvaryhospital(dot)org. This activity has been submitted to PA State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. PA State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to http://www.calvaryhospital.org.


News Article | November 11, 2016
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At a poignant ceremony on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Calvary Hospital dedicated a restored 135-year-old Torah scroll that is itself a Holocaust survivor. This Torah scroll — dating from 1880 — is originally from the town of Taus-Domazlice, in what is now known as The Czech Republic. Since 1988, it has been on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. On hand for this historic and first-time Calvary event, were Jeffrey Ohrenstein, executive chairman/trustee of the Memorial Scrolls Trust and Rabbi Levi Selwyn of Sofer On Site, the company who handled the restoration. “I am so delighted to be here for this joyous and meaningful event,” said Ohrenstein. “Calvary could have easily commissioned a brand new Sefer Torah. Instead, they chose to take the time, effort and considerably more expense to breathe new life into this historic scroll. Now, all Calvary patients, families and staff will be able to benefit from this effort.” “Since our earliest years, Calvary has embraced the opportunity to care for patients from all faith backgrounds,” said Frank A. Calamari, president & CEO, Calvary Hospital. “Once we found out that this scroll needed extensive repairs, there was no doubt that we would do whatever was needed to complete this important task.” Thanks to early significant support from the Charles R. and Winifred R. Weber Foundation, Calvary launched the restoration in November 2015. To date, this initiative has raised more than $100,000. Once all restoration expenses have been covered, remaining funds will benefit all patients and families under Calvary's care. To support this important initiative, please visit http://www.calvaryhospital.org/torahrestoration. During World War II, the Nazis confiscated Jewish ritual items and sacred Torah scrolls from Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia, then known as Czechoslovakia. This collection of Jewish cultural and religious artifacts bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. In 1964, the Westminster Synagogue in London agreed to receive 1,564 Torah scrolls from Prague. They established the Memorial Scrolls Trust to restore the scrolls and distribute them to communities throughout the world. Torahs are currently on permanent loan to more than 1,400 congregations throughout the world. There are an estimated 1,000 in the U.S. alone. The vast majority have been loaned to recipients firmly planted in the Jewish community such as synagogues, camps, yeshivas, day schools and community centers. Calvary's scroll, No. 515, is one of only 20 in the greater New York area today and one of just a handful that has gone to non-Jewish recipients. To learn more about the Trust, visit: http://www.memorialscrollstrust.org. Jewish patients and families at Calvary have many amenities at their fingertips. Three rabbis at Calvary care for hundreds of Jewish inpatients and home hospice patients each year. In addition to kosher food upon request, Jewish inpatients and their families can expect a daily visit from a rabbi, food from an expanded Kosher Hospitality Room, dedicated Shabbos Lounge, Kabbalat Shabbat service, and celebrations of all major holidays. The Hospital’s outreach to the Jewish community and the Torah restoration have been spearheaded by Dr. Michael J. Brescia, executive medical director. About the Company: For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited, acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at their 200-bed facility in the Bronx and 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to http://www.calvaryhospital.org.


News Article | November 17, 2016
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At their 33rd Annual Awards Gala Nov. 14 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, Calvary Hospital raised nearly $1,000,000 for programs and services to benefit Calvary patients and their families. Sade Baderinwa, Eyewitness News anchor for WABC-TV, served as the master of ceremonies. Four-time World Series Champion and New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams performed with his All-Star Band. In addition, Henry A. Fernandez, chairman and CEO of MSCI, Inc., was presented with The Calvary Medal. Carlos M. Hernandez, chairman of the Board of the Calvary Fund and a dinner co-chair, presented Fernandez with The Calvary Medal. Fernandez was recognized for his distinguished corporate and civic leadership, as well as his outstanding philanthropic commitments to the Calvary mission. Last year's awards gala raised $900,000 to benefit Calvary Hospital programs and services. In 1899, a small group of widows in New York, inspired by the work of a group in France called Women of Calvary, began caring for destitute women with terminal diseases. They took care of the women first in their own homes, then in two brownstone houses on Perry Street in Greenwich Village. The House of Calvary moved to Macombs Road in the Bronx in 1915, became fully accredited in 1965, and officially changed its name to Calvary Hospital in 1969. Calvary Hospital has occupied its present site at 1740 Eastchester Road in the Bronx since 1978. For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, home care, and hospice services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at NYU Lutheran. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to http://www.calvaryhospital.org. You can also stay connected with http://www.facebook/calvaryhospital/.


Foote A.,Calvary Hospital | Foote A.,Australian National University
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research | Year: 2015

Aim Recently a miniature version of the Monarc suburethral sling has been introduced. This paper aims to evaluate the postoperative recovery, effectiveness and complications of these two types of suburethral sling. Methods This was a prospective randomized series of 50 female patients with stress incontinence who underwent either a Monarc or Miniarc suburethral sling. Results The only significant intraoperative difference was a shorter operation time for the Miniarc (18.8 vs 22.4 min). The success rates were similar at 6 weeks and 6 months. Conclusion There were no significant differences between the Miniarc and Monarc, except for a significantly shorter Miniarc sling operating time. © 2014 The Author. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2014 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Kolva E.,Fordham University | Rosenfeld B.,Fordham University | Brescia R.,Calvary Hospital | Comfort C.,Calvary Hospital
General Hospital Psychiatry | Year: 2014

Objective: Patients with terminal illness often face important medical decisions that may carry ethical and legal implications, yet they may be at increased risk for impaired decisional capacity. This study examined the prevalence of impairment on the four domains of decisional capacity relevant to existing legal standards. Method: Twenty-four adults diagnosed with a terminal illness completed the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Treatment, a semi-structured measure of decision-making capacity and measures of cognitive functioning and psychological distress. Results: Approximately one third of the sample demonstrated serious impairment on at least one domain of decisional capacity. The greatest proportion of impairment was found on subscales that rely heavily on verbal abilities. Decisional capacity was significantly associated with cognitive functioning and education, but not with symptoms of anxiety or depression. Conclusions: This study is the first to examine decisional capacity in patients with terminal illness relative to legal standards of competence. Although not universal, decisional impairment was common. Clinicians working with terminally ill patients should frequently assess capacity as these individuals are called on to make important medical decisions. Comprehensive assessment will aid clinicians in their responsibility to balance respect for patient autonomy with their responsibility to protect patients from harm resulting from impaired decisional capacity. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


Brennan F.,Calvary Hospital
Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2015

In 2000, the United States Congress proclaimed the decade commencing January 1, 2001, as the "Decade of Pain Control and Research." This review examines the progress, setbacks, and controversies in public policy, pain education, advocacy, ethics, and the law through this decade. Critical developments including the rise and fall of the consensus on the doctrine of balance in opioid policies, the respective roles of federal and state bodies, the surge of and response to the diversion and abuse of prescription medication, initiatives in education and advocacy, and reforms to state pain policies and laws shall be examined. © 2015 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Brennan F.,Calvary Hospital
Progress in Palliative Care | Year: 2014

The concept of human dignity is complex. Its meaning and emphasis have shifted over time. It is a concept that occupies a central place in two disciplines - palliative care and human rights law. This article examines the evolution of the meaning of dignity, the nature of intrinsic and extrinsic dignity and its place in palliative care and human rights law (especially as it pertains to the international right to health care). The thesis of this article is that the recognition of and response to the inherent dignity of the human person is a unifying concept for the two disciplines and forms part of the theoretical foundation of the assertion that palliative care is a fundamental human right. © W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2014.

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