Cardigan’s Hamilton Family Foundation Health Center has been supporting the health and well-being of our community since 2006. Located in the lower-level of Hinman Hall, the center is staffed with dedicated health care professionals who do much more than fix the bumps and bruises of middle school boys. The seven-person team delivers and monitors medications, offers counseling to support academic, social, and emotional growth, provides transportation for off-campus health care appointments, and of course, cares for students who are feeling ill.
Since arriving in 2012, Director of Health Services Karen Gray has seen a steady increase in how often students make use of the center. While Ms. Gray is thrilled that our boys feel a sense of trust and comfort in the center, the facility was beginning to show signs of wear and tear. “We’re a health center, not a sick center!” says Ms. Gray. “It was time to make our facility more student friendly.”
This year brought many upgrades and new features to the center. The walls were painted with calming and friendly colors, new furniture was purchased, including comfortable recliners for relaxing, and four new beds will be arriving soon. With the help of Arts Department Chair Nina Silitch P’19,’21, several pieces of student artwork have been hung on the walls.
The improvements were made official at a recent grand re-opening ribbon cutting. Outgoing Health Center Leader Jose “Tony” Carrandi ’19 and incoming leader Caden Hutchinson ’20 led the ceremony. “We thought it was fitting to invite them to cut a ribbon as a symbol of the hand off,” says Ms. Gray. “We are grateful to Tony for his good work this year, and look forward to working with Caden to continue to improve the health and wellness of our boys and our community.”