Sr. Patrick Michael, Administrator
St. Patrick's Home
66 Van Cortlandt Park South
Bronx, NY 10463

Dear Sr. Patrick Michael,

Over the past fourteen months my mother has resided at St. Patrick's Home. St. Patrick's has truly been "home" to her and my family during that period in every sense of the word. It was always my mother's desire to go to St. Patrick's when the time came. She was a very devout Catholic and her intuition about your wonderful facility was proven true throughout her residence and particularly during the last few weeks of her life. Her spiritual, emotional and physical needs were met and exceeded in all ways by the caring culture so lovingly cultivated by the Carmelite Sisters and the St. Patrick's Family.

From the time of admission, when Joan, Monica and Noeline greeted us warmly and offered my mother a cup of tea, just what she wanted and would have offered a guest in her home, the experience was positive. Joan's leadership, Noeline's enthusiasm and Monica's gentle spirit clearly set the standard for the unit. Joan always kept me informed about my mother's changing clinical status. When there was any change in medication or condition Joan would notify me promptly. I have worked in nursing homes/rehabilitation centers for 20 plus years so I believe that I can say without a doubt that in my opinion "St. Patrick's is the best home in NYC".

The cheerful attitude and competence of the Nurses Aides on my mother's unit was perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the fourth floor when I visited. Their unselfish performance of all the difficult tasks they perform on a day to day basis made my mother's stay safe and comfortable. In particular, I would like to mention Esmine and Glendina, her regular CNA's; Mary and Ewilda on days; and finally Valerie and Gladys on evenings for their excellent attitude and always timely assistance. I cannot name all the wonderful staff because my letter would never end. There was a real sense of caring about her and she required frequent monitoring due to her restlessness for dementia and physical infirmity.

I will never forget my mother's last day at St. Patrick's before the doctor recommended hospitalization. By the time I arrived, she had received the Sacrament of the Sick because Kathy of the Pastoral Care office had notified the priest of her condition. Joan and then Monica were monitoring her closely including calling the doctor with clinical updates. She was made comfortable all day. I was personally offered a tremendous amount of support including spiritual help from Kathy and food by the nurses and aides. These situations are always difficult but the staff response spoke volumes about the compassion always present at St. Patrick's.

Several staff came to my mother's wake and funeral mass last week which was much appreciated by my family. Their presence touched me and brought tears to my eyes with each greeting. They thanked me for allowing them to care for her and told me they loved and missed her. Again they acknowledged my efforts with my mother and my personal loss.

Thank you is not enough but it is all that I can think of. I will miss the St. Patrick's staff as they became part of my life in the last year. I would recommend the fourth floor for any family member or friend, I am sure the administration is proud of their accomplishments.

With gratitude,

Dear St. Patrick's Home

We would like to express our deepest thanks for the extraordinary care given to our mother and mother-in-law.

From the initial moments after admission until her final minutes at the home, we observed a staff that strove ceaselessly to lift her in both body and spirit.

Such devoted care reached her from all corners of the home. Hardly an hour passed without someone from some quarter wishing her well with warmth, a smile, and seemingly endless time.

She was enveloped with both a beautiful spiritual and physical environment is not accidental. These resulted for the dedication of St. Patrick's personnel at all levels, who believe deeply that frail and elderly people are entitled to and can be provided with the highest level of care and dignity.

The memory of such an attitude and practice will always linger with us and stir our infinite gratitude.


St. Patrick's Home for the Aged
66 Van Cortlandt Park South
Bronx, NY 10463
Attn: Sr. Patrick

Dear Sr. Patrick,

I am writing you on behalf of the (families) as it regards my Mother-in-law, Dorothy, who was a resident of St. Patricks for almost 10 years, until her passing.

We as a family cannot express properly our esteem and gratitude for the professionalism of your staff. Everyone that my Mom encountered treated her with kindness, compassion, patience and care. It is obvious to us that the people at St. Patrick's consider what they do, as something so much more than just work.

We wanted to give a special thank you to the seventh floor staff; they all were especially attentive to us at our time of loss and treated Mom with dignity as she prepared for her last ride to the funeral home. I especially wanted the thank Leticia, she called when Mom started failing that last day and was so comforting to my wife when we arrived. Finally, Kathy in Pastoral Care, her guidance and genuine compassion made the viewing and Mass perfect. My Mom, I am sure, was pleased with everything.

Sr. Patrick, finally we wanted to also say thank you for being so kind to her husband, your invitation to him to remain a part of the St. Patrick community means a great deal to him and to us. We are thrilled that this man who loved our mother so much will be surrounded by such caring people.

I will continue to pray for your community any your mission. May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ,

Dear Sr. Patrick Michael,

I am writing on behalf of my mom to thank you.

I always knew this day would come and also knew I would have a difficult time finding the right words to thank you. There is no way to adequately describe how grateful I am for the care St. Patrick's provided for my mom, or for me.

From the first day to the last, Mom was given care beyond belief from all on your staff. Christine, Kathy and Ginny took exceptional care of her and in turn, me. I was able to return to work knowing people more qualified than me were with her. Those three women always went above and beyond the call of duty. Rolly was always great to Mom and me.

Her final days were hard. I visited late at night and was allowed to park in the lot. Everyone knew me and asked about Mom.

I can't imagine weekends without seeing Mike, Susan or Pat at Reception. Each one is very special. When the pain subsides, I hope to come visit.

Please know all of you are in my prayers and in my heart. I will never forget what an incredibly special place St. Patrick's is.

Thank you so much and God bless.

Dear Sisters,

We would like to thank you and the staff at St. Patrick's for all of the love, support and kindness that you showed to us and our father. Each and every one of you played a very important role in making the last few months of his life a little more bearable.

We can't begin to say enough about the nurses and aides on the third floor. They were fantastic. They couldn't do enough for him or for us during the last week of dad's life. They were constantly checking on him to make sure that he was comfortable. There was always a kind word for us and they were extremely concerned about how our mother was doing and how she was handling the situation.

The Rehab Department was also phenomenal. They never gave up on our father, even when he was giving up himself. There was always some gentle encouragement as well as a little prodding to get him to do his exercises. Even when he was no longer able to go to therapy, the therapists would come up to say hello and check on him.

We can't say enough good things about the Pastoral Care Department. The kindness and compassion that was shown to our entire family goes beyond words. This concern definitely helped us through some very difficult days.

Sr. Deirdre was absolutely amazing. She was there for us both night and day. You never knew when she was going to pop in. The prayers she offered gave us great comfort. She was there to console us, minutes after Dad died.

We'd also like to thank Iris from the third floor, as she was with our father when he died. We know that he genuinely like and appreciated all that she did for him. She had a way of getting him to smile. All of the aides were warm, friendly and caring. We cannot say enough about them.

Please know that you have a wonderful staff. They don't have an easy job, yet they always seemed to find time to talk to us and answer any questions that we had.

In closing, please accept the enclosed check that was given to us to present to you in memory of our father. We know that he would be pleased that St. Patrick's was being thought of. He always had a special place in his heart for St. Patrick's as he knew well the quality of care that had been provided to some of his friends and then finally to himself.

Please know that we will always be grateful to you and St. Patrick's will always have a special place in our hearts as well.

Dear Sister Patrick Michael,

There are no words to express our gratitude for the gift of the Sisters and staff of St. Patrick's.

During my husband's 7 weeks in your care, we were blessed to meet so many dedicated people who genuinely cared about his progress. It made a world of difference, not only to him, but to me and our children who felt at home coming to visit him each day.

We are especially grateful to the third floor nursing staff and assistants and the doctors who took such good care of him as well as the nutritionists who supported us in maintaining his diet. The dedicated physical and occupational therapists, particularly Ferdinand and Lu, were critical to strengthening him in body, mind and spirit.

Last, but not least, we thank God for the priests who celebrated daily Mass, the real source of our strength and healing, and the wonderful assistants who helped us get to Mass and to therapy each day. Kathy was extraordinarily helpful in making sure that he was able to receive Holy Communion whenever he could not attend Mass.

Finally, thank you, Sisters, for your prayers and kindness to us. Your witness is truly inspiring. To all the staff and administration, know that we are so thankful for your work.

In gratitude we have arranged for a novena of 9 Masses in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to be offered for your intentions and for those of the residents of St. Patrick's. Father John Cunningham, a dear friend of our family, will celebrate the Masses in his home diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, where he ministers to the poor in rural areas of the diocese.

Gratefully in Jesus and Mary,

Sister Patrick Michael
St. Patrick's Home
66 Van Cortlandt Park South
Bronx, NY 10463

Dear Sister Patrick:

I was admitted to St. Patrick's for physical therapy following surgery for hip replacement. From the moment I was brought to my bed, when my daughter noticed the sign "Welcome to St. Patrick's", the care I received with was attentive and solicitous. The nursing staff on the third floor - from the nurses, to the nursing assistants and all other housekeeping staff – could not have been more caring. The physical therapy and occupational therapy staff were among the very best. I certainly did not expect to progress as quickly as I did. When I was first taken to therapy on April 7th, it was in a wheel chair. Within two weeks time, I was walking with a cane. Not only is the therapy staff totally professional, but they all showed that they truly cared.

There are not sufficient superlatives to describe the care and attention I received at St. Patrick's. On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to express my deep appreciation to everyone at St. Patrick's.