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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104       

Date:           September 7, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center will be hosting “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, a six-week course new to the Long Island region.  Classes will meet on consecutive Wednesdays from October 12 to November 16, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the hospital’s Patio Café conference room.  This series gives caregivers the skills and confidence to better manage their own well-being, while assisting loved ones.

Caregivers will be taught how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings and locate helpful resources.  Attendees will also learn how to increase their ability to make tough decisions and balance their lives.

For those who would like to attend “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, a $25 donation is suggested to help defray the cost of The Caregiver Helpbook but is not required to attend class.  Preregistration is required.  Please call Good Samaritan’s Pastoral Care Department at (631) 376-4444 for more information and to register.  The caregivers’ support group that normally meets on Wednesday mornings will not be available during October and November.

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Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip.  The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2010.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provided more than $49 million in community service and charity care in 2010.  The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health.  This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.