Mission & History

Our Mission

The mission of Calvary Hospital is to care for the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of our adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. It is the only fully accredited acute care hospital in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the palliative care of adult patients. Calvary’s core principles are compassion, non-abandonment, dignity and love.

Calvary’s mission today is the same as when we started nearly 120 years ago. Our family-centric approach to patient care is key to relieving the stress and concerns of family members as well.

How it began

Calvary’s mission today is the same as when we started nearly 120 years ago.  Our family-centric approach to patient care is key to relieving the stress and concerns of family members as well.

How Did We Begin?

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.

We are grateful to the religious orders that have contributed their strength to the work of Calvary. In 1910, the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt were asked by the Archdiocese of New York to assist in service to the patients at Calvary, and they did so until 1958. From 1958 until 1972, the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor administered the Hospital, and from 1972 until 1976, The Little Company of Mary assisted in the administration of nursing and overall patient care.

At present, there is a lay administration, but religious people from many different communities and faiths still share in the work of the Hospital.

1991

September 19, 1991

Calvary Hospital and its Certified Home Health Agency receive their first Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission.

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1994

September 19, 1994

Calvary Hospital and its Certified Home Health Agency receive their second Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission.

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1998

September 19, 1998

The Hospital adds Hospice services to its continuum of care. Calvary Hospital receives Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission for the third consecutive survey. Calvary launches a week-long summer bereavement camp for children ages 5 to 17.

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2001

September 19, 2001

Calvary launches its 25-bed Brooklyn Campus at NYU Lutheran; the first “hospital within a hospital” in New York State. The Hospital begins offering hospice care in select nursing homes in the greater New York area. Home Care, Hospice, and Nursing Home Hospice now become known under the umbrella, Calvary@Home

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2008

September 19, 2008

Calvary@Home celebrates 10 years of providing Home Hospice care in greater New York area.

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2009

September 19, 2009

Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home earn renewed accreditation from The Joint Commission.

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2010

September 19, 2010

Calvary@Home launches an innovative Palliative Home Care program.

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2012

September 19, 2012

Calvary honored with Circle of Life award from the Catholic Health Association, one of three healthcare facilities singled out for this award. Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home earn renewed accreditation from The Joint Commission.

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2013

September 19, 2013

The Hospital marks 35 years at its current location on Eastchester Road.

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2015

September 19, 2015

Calvary Hospital and Calvary@Home earn renewed accreditation from The Joint Commission.

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2017

September 19, 2017

Press Ganey recognizes Calvary for 12 consecutive years for our outstanding patient satisfaction. Calvary hosts 20th annual week-long summer Camp Compass® bereavement camp for children ages 5 to 17.

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2018

January 1, 2018

Calvary expands The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home into an 18-bed unit.

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2018

January 2, 2018

Calvary@Home celebrates 20 years of providing end-of-life care in the home and community.

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2018

January 2, 2018

Facility dog, Banjo, from Canine Companions for Independence, joins the hospital as its first canine employee.

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2019

January 4, 2018

The Hospital secures the trademark CalvaryCare(r) to describe its comprehensive program of care for patients and families.

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Calvary@Home brings the trustworthy signature CalvaryCare to you at home.

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