Broadcast Date: Thursday, August 14 & 28, 2014
7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific—BBS Radio, Station One, found here.
We present Part II of our tribute to Calvary Hospital, among the supporters of our program.
Joining us today is Michael Brescia, M.D.—Executive Medical Directory of Calvary Hospital. Dr. Brescia's passion for medicine comes from his exceptional sensitivity for the human condition. Dr. Brescia's storied career spans decades of seemingly miraculous developments in patient care, bio-medical sciences and technology. He is renowned for his contribution to the creation of the Brescia-Cimino Fistula, the most common means utilized for hemodialysis over the last 40 years, making this life saving treatment available to millions. He was instrumental in securing full accreditation for Calvary Hospital in the 1960s and has been the driving force behind many of its most successful initiatives including The Palliative Care Institute, The Center for Curative & Palliative Wound Care, and its Hospice, Home Care, and Nursing Home Hospice. Calvary's Inpatient service and Outpatient Clinic are models for national and international palliative care programs.
What distinguishes Calvary from other health care facilities is the individual care it provides each patient and family, founded in the guiding principles of compassion, respect for the dignity of every patient, and non-abandonment of our patients and families.
Dr. Brescia and his colleague James Cimino, M.D. are the co-authors of Calvary Hospital, A Model for Palliative Care in Advanced Cancer.