Patients and Visitors

Support Groups

March 11, 2020:

Because the health and safety of our patients, colleagues, visitors and class participants is the most important thing to us, and out of an abundance of caution, we are recommending that we not hold classes in our facility at this time. While the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Heath stress the risk of COVID-19 to the general U.S. public is very low, and there is no person-to-person spread in Johnson County or in Iowa, we still recommend caution.

We continue to follow all protocols and practices to ensure the safety of our patients and colleagues, including limiting visitors at the present time. 

Mercy offers support groups for a variety of life situations. 

Wheelchair information: If you need a wheelchair, please go to the Information Desk and call Patient Escort Services at ext. 2200. Due to the high demand for wheelchairs, Patient Escort Services will be happy to assist anyone needing transportation to a meeting room.  

Bariatric Support Group
We offer two different meetings times for your convenience. First Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at Mercy Hospital.
Second Wednesday of the month at noon in the Dietitian Classroom on the second floor of Mercy Medical Plaza.

All are welcome: patients, support persons of patients, and anyone else. Our meeting consists of an agenda provided by the Lead Bariatric Dietitian and the Program Director, as well as time to chat with others in the group.

Breastfeeding and More
Weekly group for breastfeeding families. Expecting parents are also welcome. No fee. Group meets Thursdays, noon - 2 p.m. From noon to 1 p.m. the RN Lactation Consultant is available for assistance and from 1 to 2 p.m. is a mothers' sharing time. The group meets in the McAuley Room, Mercy Medical Plaza. 

Cardiac and Diabetes Support Group
This group provides monthly education and support; a heart-healthy luncheon is also available for $5 (payable at door). The group meets at 11:30 a.m. in the McAuley room, Mercy Medical Plaza. A presentation follows at 12 p.m. Reservations are requested no later than the Monday prior to each meeting. Call Cardiac Rehabilitation at 339-3543.

Continuing After Cancer Support Group
This group welcomes women who are living with cancer; it offers a monthly meeting featuring educational presentations. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., Fanning room, Mercy Medical Plaza. 

Friends with Aphasia, etc.
Support group for individuals with aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, etc., and their family members. Meetings are held one Friday each month from 1:30 - 3 p.m. The group is facilitated by speech language pathologists from Progressive Rehabilitation Associates and Mercy Iowa City. The group meets in the lower level of the Mercy Medical Plaza in the McAuley Room. There is a $30 fee that covers six sessions per family. For more information call Marcia Akeson at 319-339-3611 or email:

Swallowing Support Group
This group is forming for individuals with swallowing disorders/dysphagia and their caregivers. Those with swallowing disorders can benefit from a supportive and learning environment. The group will be facilitated by Mandy Morano-Villhauer, speech/language pathologist Progressive Rehab Associates and Mercy Hospital.

These area support groups also meet at Mercy:
      • Augustine Fellowship
      • Ostomy Support Group  
      • Parkinson's Support Group