Mercy offers support groups for a variety of life situations. View the calendar for dates or to register for a class. For more information about any Mercy program, contact Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or 800-358-2767 or .
Wheelchair information: If you need a wheelchair, please go to the Information Desk and call Patient Escort Services at extension 2200. Due to the high demand for wheelchairs, Patient Escort Services will be happy to assist anyone needing transportation to a meeting room.
Breastfeeding and More
Weekly group for breastfeeding families. Expecting parents are also welcome. No fee. Group meets Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m., McAuley room, Mercy Medical Plaza. Call Mercy On Call for a listing of specific dates.
Breath of Fresh Air
This support group is for people living with chronic lung disease. It meets on the first Monday of each month, except during January, February, and September.
Monday, April 7, 2 tp 3 p.m., Fanning Room, Mercy Medical Plaza. Sarah Neary, yoga instructor and Iowa City Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, will discuss "Conscious Breathing and Movement."
Monday, May 5, 7 to 8 p.m., Fanning Room, Mercy Medical Plaza. Connie Knepp, respiratory therapist, will discuss "Respiratory Medications - New and Old."
Monday, June 2, 7 to 8 p.m. McAuley Room, Mercy Medical Plaza. Dr. Marta Little will present the program "Current Asthma Manabement."
Cardiac Support Group
This group provides monthly education and support meetings; a heart-healthy luncheon is also available for $5 (payable at door). All meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 11:30 in the McAuley room, Mercy Medical Plaza. A presentation follows at 12 noon. Reservations are requested no later than the Friday prior to each meeting. Call Mercy On Call, 358-2767 or 1-800-358-2767.
Monday, March 17, Chef Ron Hall, Mercy Iowa City, will discuss "Table to Table."
Monday, April 21, Linda Funk, Executive Director of the Soy Foods Council, will present "Soy - Part of Heart Healthy Diet."
Monday, May 19, Bruce Anderson, ARNP, Mercy Hospital and Mercy Home Health, will present a program on "Patient Navigator for Special Patient Populations."
Continuing After Breast Cancer Support Group
This group welcomes women who are living with breast cancer; it offers a monthly meeting featuring educational presentations. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., Fanning room, Mercy Medical Plaza.
March 13, Group discussion on "Mindfulness - The Art of Living in the Present."
April 10, Topic to be determined
Diabetes Support Group
This group provides support for those with Type 2 diabetes. No registration is necessary. Meeting times rotate between afternoon and evening times on the first Thursday of the month (no meeting in July). The group meets in the Scanlon room, Mercy Medical Plaza.
Thursday, April 3, 6 to 7 p.m., Topic to be announced.
HOPE Cancer Support Group
This group provides friendship, support, and education for people living with newly diagnosed or chronic cancer, their families and friends, and interested professionals. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m., in the first floor conference room.
Monday, April 14, 7 p.m., Mr. Relay - Gerry Clark will discuss lessons he has learned from cancer. Gerry has been a regular Relay for Life walker and supporter for years.
Saturday, April 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life. This year the theme is "Rise and Shine for Cancer Survivors, Families, and Friends." At 10:15 a.m. there will be presentations and music provided by those who have had a journey with cancer. A breakfast bar, drawings, and social time are also on the agenda.
Monday, May 12, 7 p.m., "Survivorship - What Does that Mean?" Group discussion.
Monday, June 9, 7 p.m. "Health and Faith," discussion with Tim Bernemann, Director of Pastoral Care, Mercy Iowa City.
Monday, July 14, 7 p.m. To be determined.
This group provides information, support, and friendship for stroke survivors and their families and friends. It meets twice each month at Mercy from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the first floor conference room.
Tuesday, March 18, Emotional Mistmatch - DVD and discussion about situations when crying or laughing are uncontrollable.
These support groups also meet at Mercy
- Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- Arthritis Self-Help Class
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group
- Parkinson's Support Group
For more information, contact Mercy On Call, 358-2767 or 1-800-358-2767.