Support Groups

Maintaining your health and wellness can be a challenge when you’re trying to do it alone. At Western Maryland Health System, you don’t have to be. No matter what you’re facing, we offer a variety of support groups to help you get back on your feet and start living a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Questions? Call 240-964-7000

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Bariatric Support Group

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


Held every month on the fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Auditorium
12500 Willowbrook Rd
Cumberland, MD 21502
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For more information or to register, call Kay Leigh, RD, LDN
Phone: 240-964-8617

Better Breathers Club

Western Maryland Health System Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs Better Breathers Club is a support group for individuals with chronic lung disease. For more information, contact Stacey Blank.

According to the American Lung Association, Better Breathers Clubs are welcoming support groups for patients and caregivers affected by chronic lung diseases including COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Learn better ways to better cope with lung disease while getting the support of others in similar situations. Led by a trained facilitator, these in-person adult support groups give you the tools you need to live the best life you can.

Better Breathers Clubs meet regularly and feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including:

  • How lung disease affects the lungs
  • Breathing techniques
  • Exercise
  • Talking with your physician
  • Medications and other treatment options
  • Medical tests
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Home healthcare
  • Lung transplants
  • Air pollution


Stacey Blank
Phone: 240-964-1817 


Western Maryland Health System
12500 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD

Caring Family & Friends

Feeling lost, powerless, frustrated and alone? Is someone you care about struggling with addiction?

The Caring Family & Friends support group is for adults with family and friends who are dealing with addiction. It is a place where individuals can find comfort and support from others who truly understand. Facilitated by Eileen Peterman, LGPC

Please join us!

No fee charged. No insurance needed.


For more information, please contact Eileen Peterman at 240-964-8599.


Meets the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.


Western Maryland Health System
Auditorium Room 5
12500 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502


Childbirth Prenatal Education Schedule

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 you and your family 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.

Classes include:

  • Newborn Care
  • Siblings
  • Breastfeeding
  • Childbirth Reunion
  • 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.

Circle of Friends Bereavement Support Group

Circle of Friends Bereavement Support Group is open if you are 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.


Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


WMHS Home Hospice Services office on Industrial Blvd. in the former Ames Department Store.


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.


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

Adult Diabetes Support Group


Meets the first Tuesday of Each Month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


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


Western Maryland Health System Auditorium


For more information, call Jennifer Perrin, RDN, LDN, CDE, at 240-964-8676.

Sleep Apnea Support Group

Led by Shannon Sprenkle, CRNP, this group will cover several important topics related to sleep apnea and will also have a question/answer session. Representatives from local medical supply companies and CPAP manufacturers will also be available with the latest equipment and to answer questions.

2019 Schedule

All meetings are from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.:

Wednesday, June 26
Wednesday, August 28
Wednesday, October 30


Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Auditorium

Stroke Support Group

Friends and family members are welcome, too. Click here to learn more.