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Support Groups

Bariatric Support Group

Meetings will be held every month on the fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the WMRMC Auditorium

This free support group is for those who have had bariatric surgery or want to gain insight from those who have had the experience.  The group will discuss their common problems, concerns and joys while learning skills to adjust to their weight loss.  Throughout the year, presentations are made on various subjects of interest to the members.  This group also may be used to fulfill one of the pre-operative requirements for bariatric surgery.

For more information or to register, call Kay Leigh, RD, LDN, at 240-964-8617 or by email at kleigh@wmhs.com

Better Breathers Club

Meets on the first Monday of every month (unless there's a holiday) at 5 p.m. 

Western Maryland Health System's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program's Better Breather's Club is a support group for those with chronic lung disease.  For more information, contact Stacey at 240-964-1817 or by email at: sblank@wmhs.com.

Childbirth Prenatal Education Schedule 

Includes classes for: Newborn Care, Siblings, Breastfeeding, Childbirth Reunion and Basic Childbirth Classes.  Held in the Auditorium at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center (2nd floor).
  • To register, please call the WMHS Perinatal Unit at 240-964-6400

Every pregnancy is unique.  No two women, pregnancies, labor, or babies are exactly the same. WMHS offers a variety of classes for the expectant mother and her family.  These classes help women and their families understand the physical and emotional changes common during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The classes include : Newborn Care Class, Infant and Child CPR, Breastfeeding Class, Sibling Class, Traditional and Basic Childbirth Classes.  Please click on the links below for the dates, times, locations and details of Childbirth Classes available at WMHS.

Circle of Friends Bereavement Support Group
  • Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • WMHS Home Hospice Services office on Industrial Blvd. in the former Ames Department Store.

Circle of Friends Bereavement Support Group is open to anyone in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one and would like to meet with others who have similar shared experiences.  The group meets monthly from 6-7 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Circle of Friends meets at the WMHS Home Hospice Services office on Industrial Blvd. in the former Ames/Hills Department Store. The facilitator for the group is Patti Thomas, LCSW. For more information, please contact Hospice at 240-964-9000. 

Diabetes Support Groups - Adult and Young Adult

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for years, a support group can be helpful. You can share your experience and learn tips for managing your diabetes.

Facilitators for the group include certified diabetes educators Lori Johnson, RN, BSN, CDE; and Jennifer Perrin, RD, LDN, CDE.

Adult Diabetes Support Group - Meets the first Tuesday of Each Month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Clinical Resources at WMHS Medical Arts Center, Suite 300.  For more information call Lori Johnson, BSN, RN, CDE, at 240-964-8789.
Young Adult Diabetes Support Group (Primary focus on Type 1 Diabetes) - Meets the Fourth Thursday of Every other Month from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Auditorium in the WMHS hospital.  For more information, call Jennifer Perrin, RDN, LDN, CDE,  at 240-964-8676.

For more information about both the adult and young adult groups, please call 240-964-8787.

Hand-in- Hand Cancer Support Group

Please call Julie Hardy, RN, in the Schwab Family Cancer Center at 240-964-1444 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to make reservations.  You may also email Julie at jhardy@wmhs.com.

  • Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
  • Auditorium at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
  • Call Julie Hardy at 240-964-1444 or e-mail: jhardy@wmhs.com

I Can Cope (For Cancer Patients)
  • Free program for cancer patients and their families
  • Offered regularly throughout the year
  • Call Jill Starr at 240-964-1447 or e-mail: jstarr@wmhs.com

Infertility Support Group
  • Support group for those experiencing infertility or pregnancy loss
  • Meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the WMRMC Auditorium, Room #5.
  • The facilitator for the group is Jade Bean, a licensed social worker in WMHS Behavioral Health Services.
  • The program is free and open to both couples and individuals. No insurance needed.
  • For more information, please call Jade Bean at 240-964-8577 or e-mail: jbean@wmhs.com

Look Good-Feel Better
  • Helps Female Cancer Patients Cope with Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
  • Classes are held quarterly
  • Call 240-964-8020 for dates

WMHS Stroke Support Group
  • Meets the last Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
  • Dining Room on the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab Unit (CIRU) at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
  • Friends and family members welcome, too
  • For more information, contact Kori Fazenbaker at 240-964-4766