"Being a Women of Worth will increase awareness of the needs of family caregivers who deal with the daily struggle of caring for a seriously-ill loved one. It will enhance our ability to expand caregiver support services to more families and will also enable the Caregiver Center model to spread to additional hospitals and communities. "
– Marian Hamilton, founder of The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center

About Marian Hamilton

Marian found herself in the demanding role of full-time caretaker in 2002 when her husband, Ken, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer of the lungs. After her husband’s death in 2004, Marian was inspired by her experience, realizing that hospitals are often not equipped to help the caregivers in a meaningful way. She started The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital: an "oasis" for caregivers to take time for themselves and to receive assistance and counseling from a team of 2 social workers and 34 volunteers.

About The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center

The Ken Hamilton Caregiver Center at Northern Westchester Hospital provides an “oasis” for caretakers with nonjudgmental emotional support and assistance in a friendly and tranquil atmosphere. Volunteers at the Caregivers Center provide practical assistance in everything from helping family members reach consensus with a loved one’s care, to helping to understand the discharge plans, to connecting community resources to provide caregiver support post discharge. Since 2006, at least 12 other hospitals have replicated the KHCC Family Caregiver Support model and KHCC has grown from 500 family interactions a year to over 8,000 per year.

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