Patients and Visitors

Support Groups

Mercy offers support groups for a variety of life situations. For more information about any Mercy program, contact Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or 800-358-2767.

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.  

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.

Contact Sara Maduka, Program Director, with questions:
(319) 688.7693

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

Breath of Fresh Air
This support group is for people living with chronic lung disease. Meetings are held on a regular basis. Contact Mercy Respiratory Care at 319-339-3582 for more information on meeting times.

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 in the McAuley room, Mercy Medical Plaza. A presentation follows at 12 noon. Reservations are requested no later than the Monday prior to each meeting. Call Mercy On Call, 358-2767 or 1-800-358-2767, or Cardiac Rehabilitation at 339-3543.
Upcoming dates: 
Wednesday, December 13. Featured speaker: Charles Huss, MD, emergency medicine, "A traveler's guide to manage your health away from home.

Continuing After 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 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 to 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 319-688-7256 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 

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