Calvary Answers The Call For Compassionate Care

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Letter-writing event for Torah restoration. Calvary Hospital is currently restoring a 135-year-old Torah scroll, “No. 515,” that was rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust. This scroll (c. 1880) is on permanent loan to Calvary from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. On Sunday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Calvary Hospital (Family Care Center, 1740 Eastchester Road in the Bronx), a letter-writing event will be open to the public, at no charge. All those who support this project will have an opportunity to write a ceremonial letter. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. that day, 10-minute time slots will be available for letter-writing. A photographer will be on hand to record this milestone for you. To RSVP, e-mail lbernstein@calvaryhospital.org or call the events hotline at 718-576-2809 to schedule a letter-writing time slot.

Reception for new music program at the Dawn Greene Hospice. Calvary Hospital recently hosted a reception to mark a new music program to benefit patients at the Dawn Greene Hospice, a 10-bed unit located at the Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. During the school year, a student from the Manhattan School of Music performs at DGH for half an hour, once a week. The music brings a lot of joy to the patients, family members, and staff. The program was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Joan Taub Ades, whose husband, Alan, received Calvary’s hospice care. Mr. Ades loved opera and classical music.

Online community. Calvary Hospital has announced the launch of the Calvary Community, a peer-to-peer network and online support tool designed to help connect people dealing with the stress of having loved ones who are terminally ill.

“Calvary’s mission has always been to care for our patients and their families,” said Frank A. Calamari, the president and CEO of Calvary.. “There are few things in life more challenging than having a loved one who is terminally ill. Our hope is that by offering this social-media tool, families will find encouragement and moral support from others who are going through the same situation, at the same time.”

People who become active users of the Calvary Online Community can expect to learn about the hospital’s many supportive services, gain access to helpful documents and resources, connect with people going through a similar experience, participate in peer-to-peer conversations, and network with the extended Calvary family.

To get started, visit community.calvaryhospital.org.

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 a 200-bed facility in the Bronx and a 25-bed Brooklyn satellite at NYU Lutheran. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at the Dawn Greene Hospice, in the Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the Calvary Life e‑newsletter, visit www.calvaryhospital.org. v

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