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Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           April 7, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, a six-week course being offered for the first time on Long Island.  The classes will meet on consecutive Thursdays from June 2 to July 7, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  This series gives caregivers the skills and confidence to better care for themselves, 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.

“I cannot recommend highly enough the ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ training program,” stated New York Times best-selling author of Passages in Caregiving, Gail Sheehy.

A $25 donation is suggested to help defray the cost of The Caregiver Helpbook but is not required to attend the class.  Preregistration is required.  Please call Good Samaritan’s Pastoral Care Department at (631) 376-4444 for more information and to register.


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

Good Samaritan provides more than $49 million in community service and charity care each year.  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.