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Friday, December 15, 2017

Calvary Hospital recently hosted its 14th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This invitation-only event attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. Over the past decade, Calvary’s attorney conference has earned a reputation as a must-attend event for trusts and estates practitioners.


Calvary’s 14th Annual Trusts and Estates Conference in New York City on Oct. 16 attracted more than 300 of New York’s most experienced trusts and estates attorneys. The program, moderated by New York County Former Surrogate Lee L. Holzman, was titled “I Want To Be Left Alone — Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Privacy and Confidential Issues in Estate Planning.” From left are Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary Hospital; Anthony E. Davis, Esq., Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson; Alison Arden Besunder, Esq., Arden Besunder, P.C.; Janice J. DiGennaro, Esq., Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP; Holzman; Michael M. Mariani, Esq., consultant, Fiduciary Trust Company International; and Dr. Thomas J. Fahey Jr., Calvary Hospital Board of Directors.

This year’s Ethics for Breakfast program, moderated by Former Surrogate, Bronx County, Lee L. Holzman, was titled “I Want to Be Left Alone — Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Privacy and Confidential Issues in Estate Planning.” The panel was made up of Alison Arden Besunder, Esq., Arden Besunder P.C.; Anthony E. Davis, Esq., Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and Janice J. DiGennaro, Esq., Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP.

The conference is organized by Calvary’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC). The PAC was established by the Calvary Fund Inc. in 2001 to assist the Board of Directors and staff in securing the financial support required to operate the country’s only acute care specialty hospital dedicated to the palliative care of patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting diseases. PAC members are volunteers from the legal, investment, accounting, insurance and banking professions.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has been awarded the 2017 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality by Press Ganey. The award recognizes the top-performing rehabilitation hospital to have achieved excellence in overall performance in nursing quality indicators.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Marie Spencer, RN, PhD, CRRN, Vice President, Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer, and Stephanie Campbell, BSN, RN, CRRN, Assistant Director of Nursing, review nursing quality indicators.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s nurses are an integral part of the rehabilitation process. Specializing in rehabilitation and post-acute care, Burke’s nurses understand the unique needs of rehabilitation patients. Burke employs all registered nurses, and many have additional advanced training and certifications, such as the CRRN designation, a specialty certification for rehabilitation nurses that ensures they have ongoing education and provide the highest level of care.

The NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality honors hospitals that have made impressive and measurable improvements in nursing performance and patient outcomes. The award is given annually to the top-performing organization across 17 quality measures in each of seven categories: academic medical center, teaching hospital, community hospital, pediatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, psychiatric hospital and international. The highest-ranking hospital in each category receives the award.


Juan Robles, MD, attending physician at Montefiore Health System and Assistant Professor of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has earned a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support Bronx students pursuing healthcare careers and create a more inclusive workforce dedicated to underserved communities.


Montefiore-Einstein physician Juan Robles, MD, has been awarded a $1 million grant to train the next generation of Bronx-grown medical professionals. The program aims to bridge the cultural gap between physicians and their patients.

Using this grant money, Dr. Robles will gain expertise in workforce development and expand the Bronx Community Health Leaders (BxCHL), a “pipeline” program he co-founded in 2014 with current Einstein medical student Julissa De La Cruz. The program offers volunteer positions to youths from communities underrepresented in healthcare professions. Working at Montefiore’s Family Health Center, the students learn about delivering primary care to underserved people and gain hands-on experience helping patients navigate the healthcare system.

Dr. Robles moved from Honduras to the Bronx when he was 13 years old. He did not speak English at the time. He credits volunteering as a translator for Spanish-speaking patients at the Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) clinic, the first student-coordinated clinic in New York, with giving him the skills and confidence to apply to medical school.

To date, 16 BxCHL students have enrolled in medical schools around the country. Their work will also be presented in several national forums, including the upcoming 2017 Family Medicine Education Consortium in Ohio and the National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities in Washington.


Supported by a $64,000, two-year grant from the New York State Department of Health, Westchester Care at Home (WCAH), an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, recently completed the first year of training for 66 home health aides, nurses and administrative staff on the subject Digital Health Technologies for Chronic Disease Management. The six-session program, presented in collaboration with Vital Care Services, featured case studies and hands-on training about digital patient monitoring devices, including telehealth and wearable and home-based sensors. Studies show that these tools promote early health interventions and help patients self-manage chronic health conditions at home. An additional 50 home health aides will receive training during year two of the grant in 2018.


Graduates from one of WCAH’s Digital Health Technologies for Chronic Disease Management training classes proudly display their Certificates of Completion.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville celebrated Veterans Day at a special reception Nov. 10 to honor employees who are veterans and those who have immediate family who are on active duty or veterans. More than 30 employees attended the afternoon reception, during which they told their stories and shared photos of themselves, as well as their loved ones, from when they served in the military. Along with Commissioner Ronald C. Tocci, Director of Westchester County’s Veterans Service Agency, Michael Fosina, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, thanked them all for their service and that of their family members, and presented them with commemorative pins and coins.


From left are Tisha D. Thompson, RN; Seth Pasternak, RN; Denis Sconzo, MD, OB/GYN; Kathy Andersen, RN, Nurse Educator; Jeffrey Velazquez, engineering; Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, President, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; Commissioner Ronald C. Tocci, Director, Westchester County Veterans Service Agency; Gerard “Jerry” Mancuso, X-ray tech, radiology; Luis A. Martinez, Operations Manager, engineering; Joseph Kowalski, clinical engineering; and Michael Murray, MD, orthopedic surgeon.

A Calvary Hospital nurse, Diane Ryan, RN, is featured prominently in the groundbreaking documentary Defining Hope, which was released to coincide with National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Defining Hope is a story about people weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life, and the nurses who guide them. It follows patients with life-threatening illnesses as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. As the film follows her work as a staff nurse at Calvary’s 200-bed Bronx campus and at home with her family, Ryan shares candid thoughts and insights about caring for beloved patients and their families, being a hospice nurse, and dealing with serious health challenges. With her indomitable spirit, Ryan also illustrates that humor can have an appropriate place in the life of a hospice nurse.


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