Patients and Visitors

Support Groups

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  .

Parking Info 

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.
Next meeting: 
No meeting in September due to the Labor Day holiday.

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.
Next meeting: 
Summer recess - no meeting until September.

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.
Next meeting:
September 11, 7 p.m., Patricia Prijatel will discuss her book "Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer" via phone conference call. Patricia is a triple-negative breast cancer survivor from Des Moines and is an E.T. Meredith Distinguished Emerita at Drake University. She blogs at

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.
Next meeting: 
Thursday, September 4, 6 to 7 p.m., The American Diabetes Association's recommendations for communicable disease protection and immunizations will be discussed.

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. 
Next meeting: 
Monday, September 8, 7 p.m., 31st anniversary of group will be recognized with reflection and refreshments.

Stroke Group
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 Cafe A (near the entrance of the Mercy Cafeteria). 
Next meeting:
Tuesday, August 19, Group discussion on "Saving Time and Energy."
Tuesday, September 2, No meeting - Labor Day recess.
Tuesday, September 16, Group discussion on "Transportation Options in Johnson County."

These support groups also meet at Mercy
  • Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Arthritis Self-Help Class
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group
  • Parkinson's Support Group

For more information, contact Mercy On Call, 358-2767 or 1-800-358-2767.