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CANCER PROGRAMS

The following programs are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their caregivers.

Breast Cancer Support Group
For patients with a breast cancer diagnosis

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fairhaven
Call Linda Casey, LICSW, at 508-973-3000 for details.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fall River
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW, at 508-973-7810 for details.

Introductions
A support group for patients with any cancer diagnosis, who are beginning
treatment or in active treatment. Loved ones are encouraged to attend.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fairhaven
Call Linda Casey, LICSW, at 508-973-3000 for details.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fall River
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW, at 508-973-7810 for details.

Look Good/Feel Better
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this program for female cancer patients addresses makeup, skin and nail care, and ways to deal with hair loss, including the use of wigs, turbans and scarves. Volunteer beauty professionals meet with small groups and participants get free makeup kits to use during and after the workshop.

View our events calendar for upcoming dates or call 800-227-2345 or email maureen.kwash@cancer.org for more information.

Lung Cancer Support Group
A support group specifically for patients with a lung cancer diagnosis.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fall River
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW, at 508-973-7810 for details.

Under 50 Cancer Support Group
A support group for anyone under 50 with a cancer diagnosis of any kind.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fairhaven
Call Linda Casey, LICSW, at 508-973-3000 for details.

Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia & Lymphoma (MLL) Support Group
This group is intended for patients with a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, leukemia or lymphoma. Loved ones are welcome to attend. The group meets in the second floor conference room. Please call to participate.

Fourth Wednesday, 2:30–4 p.m.
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fairhaven
Call Linda Casey, LICSW, at 508-973-3000 for details.

Support for Supporters
A support group for caregivers of patients with cancer.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, Fall River
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW, at 508-973-7810 for details.

 

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

Southcoast offers a variety of childbirth classes to suit every new family’s needs. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please call during the 16th week (10 to 12 weeks for multiples) of pregnancy to assure placement in the class you need. Not all classes are offered at all locations. Many health insurance companies cover the cost of classes. Be sure to contact yours to ask about coverage. Call the following numbers for information on classes offered at each location.

Charlton Memorial Hospital: 508-973-7308
St. Luke’s HospitalCenter for Women’s Health: 508-973-5445
Tobey Hospital: 508-273-4060

Birthing Boot Camp
The same content as in our Prepared Childbirth Series, but in a condensed, all-day class. Two $6 vouchers for lunch are provided. A tour of the Family Centered Unit, infant care and car-seat safety are included in this class. Please register when you are 18 to 20 weeks pregnant.
$125/mother and companion

Charlton Memorial Hospital
Call Gina Kiser, RN, at 508-973-7308 for details.

St. Luke’s Hospital
Call Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-973-5445 for details.

Tobey Hospital
Call Gina Kiser, RN, or Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-273-4545 for details.

Childbirth Classes for Young Parents
This class is designed for teen parents ages 13–16. Class content includes the stages of labor, relaxation techniques, labor positions and medication choices. A hospital tour, infant care and car-seat safety are included. Scheduled to meet due date needs.
$50/mother and companion, if affordable.

Charlton Memorial Hospital
Call Gina Kiser, RN, at 508-973-7308 for details.

Center for Women’s Health
Call Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-973-5445 for details.

Childbirth Education
Topics include what to expect as your due date approaches, preparing for labor and birth, relaxation techniques, pain management, the role of the support person and a tour of Tobey Hospital’s Family Centered Unit.
$100/mother and companion

Tobey Hospital
Call 508-273-4545 or email familyeducation@southcoast.org to register.

 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Infant and Child CPR for Families and Friends
Pediatric CPR course covering techniques for newborns to 8-year olds. Pre-registration is required. Call for dates and times.
$40/person, $60/two people.

Center for Women’s Health
Call Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-973-5445 for details.

Safe Sitter
A nationally recognized program designed to prepare adolescents ages 11 to 14 to babysit. Topics include babysitting as a business, safety of the sitter, developmental stages of children, behavior management, preventing problem behavior, injury prevention, basic first aid, choking infant and child rescue and CPR for infants and children.
$65/student in advance to hold spot.

Charlton Memorial Hospital
Call Gina Kiser, RN, at 508-973-7308 for details.

St. Luke’s Hospital
Call Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-973-5445 for details.

 

EXERCISE & FITNESS

Cardiac Rehabilitation
An ongoing, structured exercise and education outpatient program for individuals recovering from heart attack, heart surgery, heart disease or who are high risk.
Covered by most insurances

Durfee Union Complex, Fall River
St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford
Tobey Hospital, Wareham
Call Meghan Kelley at 508-973-5435 for details.

Medical Fitness Program
Individualized exercise programs for those with cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, cancer, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, overweight and chronic orthopedic conditions. A doctor’s prescription is necessary in order to participate.
$60/month for three times a week and $40/month for two times a week.

Durfee Union Complex, Fall River
St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford
Tobey Hospital, Wareham
Call Meghan Kelley at 508-973-5435 for details.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Structured exercise and education program with oxygen saturation monitoring during exercise. For individuals with pulmonary diseases including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and COPD.

  • Covered by most insurances
  • Meets year-round
  • Physician referral required

Durfee Union Complex, Fall River
St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford
Tobey Hospital, Wareham
Call Jessica Nicolossi at 508-973-5435 for details.

NEW PARENT / NEW BABY

Baby Cafe
A friendly and comfortable drop-in session for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers to learn more about breast-feeding. Peer support and one-on-one help from specially trained health professionals is available, including professional lactation support.

Center for Women’s Health
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Call Patricia VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-973-5445 for details.

Healthfirst Family Care Center,
Fall River
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Call Gina Kiser, RN, at 508-973-7308 for details.

Southcoast Obstetrics & Gynecology,
New Bedford
Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Call Dr. Uma Hari at 508-973-2208 for details.

Breast-Feeding Basics
For families that are planning to breastfeed or exploring infant feeding options. Topics include the benefits of breast-feeding, techniques and positions, and the important benefitsof contact with your baby. Expectant mothers and theirs partners are encouraged to attend before the birth of the baby. Please register at 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Charlton Memorial Hospital
Call Gina Kiser, RN, at 508-973-7308 for details.

St. Luke’s Hospital, Knowles Auditorium
Call Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-973-5445 for details.

Tobey Hospital
Call 508-273-4545 for details.

Breast-feeding Support Group
A place to come for physical, mental and emotional support for breastfeeding and new mothers. The group will be facilitated by a nurse who is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.

Rosebrook Medical Office Building
First and third Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Call Julie Grady at 508-273-4060 for details.

Newborn Care Class
This one-time class offers a hands-on approach to learning the basics of caring for your newborn. Registration is required. Call for dates and times.

Tobey Hospital
Call Gina Kiser, RN, or Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, at 508-273-4545 for details.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Adult Bereavement Support Group
Southcoast offers support groups for adults grieving the loss of a loved one at many convenient locations and times. All are free of charge.

Charlton Memorial Hospital, Multi-Purpose Conference Room (use main entrance)

St. Luke’s Hospital, Library Conference Room (use main entrance)
Call Judith Anderson at 508-973-3200 for details.

Camp Angel Wings
A bereavement day-camp experience for children ages 6 to 15 grieving the loss of someone close to them.

Camp Welch in Assonet
July 16 and 17
Visit the event calendar or Call Lindsay Coe at 508-973-3227 for details.

Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group
This group provides support to people living with Crohn’s Disease and/or Colitis. Family members are also welcome. Sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Tobey Hospital, Cranberry Room
Second Wednesday, 7–8:30 p.m.
For more information, call 781-449-0324.

Ostomy Support Group
For people with ostomies, their family members and friends. Meetings usually include an educational topic and time for questions, discussion, and sharing among group members in a confidential, non-threatening environment.

Charlton Memorial HospitalMooney Room
(enter through the Centers for Cancer Care entrance, Prospect Street)
Fourth Friday, 2–3 p.m. (Please note there is no August meeting.)
Call Tina McDonald at 508-679-3131 (Ext. 27509) for details.

St. Luke’s Hospital, White Home Living Room
Third Wednesday, 3–4 p.m.
Call Lisa Cyr at 508-973-5550 for details.

Ostomy Support Group Annual Summer Picnic
All people with ostomies, their friends and families are welcome to join us for our indoor summer picnics. Light lunch will be served.

St. Luke’s Hospital, White Home Living Room
Wednesday, July 20, 1–3 p.m.
Call Lisa Cyr at 508-973-5550 for details.

Charlton Memorial Hospital, Mooney Room
Friday, July 22, 12–2 p.m.
Call Tina McDonald at 508-679-3131 x 27509 for details.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss: Parents Enduring Grief
Our mission is to provide parents who have experienced a loss with a safe haven where they can come to journey through their grief, mourn their loss without judgment, and honor and celebrate the life of their child, all the while being supported by other parents who have experienced similar circumstances of loss.

St. Luke’s Hospital, Library Conference Room
Third Wednesday
6:30–8 p.m.
Call Kelly Aguiar, MSW, LCSW at 508-973-5509 for details.

Widows & Widowers Support Group
For spouses grieving the loss of a husband or wife.

Somerset Library
Fourth Tuesday, 3:30–5 p.m.
View our events calendar for upcoming dates or call 508-973-3227 for details.

 

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS

Optifast Information Sessions
Learn about the Optifast weight-loss program, which combines lifestyle education, meal replacements, medical management and individual and group counseling. Cost varies depending on program type (full or partial) and amount of Optimist products ordered. Weight Management information sessions and weekly meetings will be held in Fall River, North Dartmouth and Wareham. Please call for upcoming sessions.

Call Stacy Medeiros, Susan Oliveira or Jana McDuffy at 508-525-3114 for details.

Three C’s for Success
Losing weight and keeping it off involves Commitment, Challenge and Change. This 12-week program teaches healthy food choices, behavior change and appetite awareness. Participants will meet individually with a Registered Dietitian prior to starting the program to discuss their individualized, calorie-controlled meal plan to be followed for the duration of the program. Information sessions take place in Fall River, North Dartmouth and Wareham.

Call 508-525-3114 for details.

Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions
Learn about the option of weight loss surgery and have all your questions answered. Sessions take place monthly in Dartmouth, Fall River, Plymouth, Taunton and Wareham.

View our events calendar for upcoming dates or call 508-273-4900 for details.