Support Groups

We offer a number of support groups where patients or family members can talk, share, learn and help each other.

A free community diabetes education program facilitated by the Diabetes Learning Center staff. The topics include a broad range of interest areas to the diagnosed diabetic individual and support person/care partner interested in learning more about management of this chronic disease. Programs feature medical professional guest speakers and interactive education experiences.

Diabetes support groups are presentations and interactive discussions on a wide range of diabetes self-care topics by diabetes educators or invited guest speakers.

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group
Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 5- 6 p.m. at the Healthplex. Call 509-942-2620 to make reservations and get location information.

Type 1 Diabetes Support Group
Meets quarterly. Call 509-942-2660 for more information.

Our Little Lambs is a program offering grief support for those who have lost a baby during any stage of pregnancy or infancy. Our bereavement team consists of nurses, OB technicians, Chaplains, physicians, social workers, and community support staff.

This program offers a monthly support group to parents, grandparents, and extended family and friends. This is not a therapy group, but rather a time to share, surrounded by others that are on this same journey. There is no fee or pre-registration needed for attending the support group. This is an open support group, in which one can attend frequently or as little as desired.

When:
First Monday, Monthly

Time:
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Location:
Kadlec Regional Medical Center
River Pavilion, 5th floor
“Family Haven” room
(Take River elevators by River’s Edge Deli
Family Haven is on your left off the elevators on 5th floor)

We recommend you enter through the Vineyard main entrance, and park in the main parking lot. Signs will be posted to assist you.

In the instance the first Monday of the month occurs on a holiday, the support group will be held the following Monday. Please arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. to enter the support group.

A volunteer-based health care organization, dedicated to providing education, information, support and advocacy for people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary diversions (colostomies, ileostomies and urostomies).

Our support group is affiliated with the United Ostomy Association of America, a national support organization. We meet quarterly at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, which generously supports our mission.

Upcoming Meetings
This support group meets meets every other month on the odd months. Please visit our events listing for upcoming dates, times, & location.

Post Ostomy Support Team (POST)
Our support group has a team of trained Ostomy visitors. Our team members are available to call on fellow ostomates upon their request for either pre- or post-operative visits.

Many have found that a visit from a trained Ostomy visitor has helped start them back on the road to everyday living. By means of the visitation program, new ostomates realize that they are not unique in their situation and learn to cope with their new life-style with minor adjustments. All information you provide to your visitor is held in strict confidentiality.

Our support team works together with the clinical staff at Kadlec Regional Medical Center to provide optimal care.

Wayne Pelly is the Visitation Chairperson and can be reached at 509-943-3223.