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October 2, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden.  Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress." - Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden. Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress.” – Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

Press Release

Thanks to local summer camps, a group of children whose caregivers are being treated for cancer at Windham Hospital were given free admission to camp this summer.

Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

“My heartfelt thanks to the camps for providing this valuable service to our patients,” said Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager.

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden. Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress,” Starkey said.

She added that in some cases, small children have to wait with a caregiver while he or she undergoes three of four hours of treatment. “That can be taxing, not only for the patient, but also for the child,” she said.

Windham Hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program helps patients manage the daily physical and emotional burdens a cancer diagnosis can bring.

“Navigators” can:

  • Serve as a liaison between the patient and his or her medical team to help them better understand treatment options.
  • Offer tools to help patients keep track of appointments, lab results, medications, insurance claims and other related information.
  • Help patients find answers to questions about medical issues, financial and insurance needs.
  • Direct patient to hospital, community, and American Cancer Society support programs.
  • Coordinate transportation to and from cancer treatment.

For more information on Windham Hospital’s Cancer Navigation program, please call 860-456-6896.

About Windham Hospital

Windham Hospital, founded in 1933, is a non-profit, acute-care community hospital serving 19 eastern Connecticut towns. It has 130 beds, conducts nearly 4,000 surgeries annually, and its emergency department has been ranked among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction.

You can follow Windham Hospital on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WindhamHospital

Posted October 2, 2013 based on a press release as edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related links: “Ossen Family Foundation Awards Hospital $125 for cancer programs,” http://www.windhamhospital.org/wh.nsf/View/OssenFamily

Holiday Hill Camp http://www.holidayrecreation.com/

Channel 3 Kids Camp http://www.channel3kidscamp.org/

Camp Asto Wamah http://www.campastowamah.org/

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