Who We Are

Kemp Care Network is more than just an organization; it is a compassionate community dedicated to serving the emotional, physical and social needs of individuals living with a serious illness, facing their last chapter, or grieving a death.


We are a world-class leader in regional palliative care with strong founding values and ever-evolving to best serve our community.

Dr. Bob Kemp

About Dr. Kemp

Driven by the belief that no one should face the end-of-life without the necessary support, Dr. Bob Kemp, a dedicated family physician, established the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice (now the Kemp Care Network) in 1994. He envisioned a place of hope, bringing together a compassionate team of volunteers and staff dedicated to providing care. In 2007, the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice took a significant step forward with the establishment of a 10-bed residential hospice at 277 Stone Church Road East. 

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Our History

Nearly thirty years ago, Dr. Bob Kemp recognized an opportunity to redefine how palliative care was offered in the Greater Hamilton Area. Foremost, a founding value was to serve all, especially the most vulnerable. And, it all started with a generous donation of land by Iris Berryman. 

Our new identity

In 2023, we refreshed our identity as the Kemp Care Network to reflect our expanding impact and reach. Our dedication to compassionate care remains unwavering, and our updated brand empowers us to move forward with renewed enthusiasm and commitment.

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Our Mission

To care for every individual and their loved ones with dignity, compassion and attention to their physical, social and psychological well-being during times of serious, life-limiting illness and loss.

We lead, collaborate and drive meaningful improvements to palliative care services with partners across our community.

Our Values

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We focus on quality of living and ensuring the experience of our clients and their families is based in dignity and respect.
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Our care for clients and their families is based in compassion, empathy and kindness.


We actively build relationships and work with partners and our community as part of a continuum of care.


We welcome diversity in our clients and deliver care in an inclusive manner that considers their unique needs.


We are dedicated to a high quality of care and strive to continually improve and contribute to the advancement of our field.

Land Acknowledgment

Kemp Care Network acknowledges our place is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America), and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers. We stand in solidarity with murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, transgender and two-spirit people.

Our Funders, Donors, & Sponsors

Each year it takes a combination of thousands of contributions to fulfill the mission of the Kemp Care Network, including governments, organizations, and individuals.

Government Funders

Government of Canada
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Health West
The City of Hamilton


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