Support Groups & Classes

 Support Groups

Amputee Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month

Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Vascular are proud to offer a community amputee support group. The purpose of this group is to provide peer support, networking, and educational opportunities for people who have experienced limb loss, their families and caregivers. This group is open to everyone regardless of where or when they experienced limb loss. The meetings are held at 5 p.m. at Beebe Vascular, 33664 Bayview Medical Drive, Unit 2, Lewes. Participants do not need to be a patient of Beebe Vascular to participate in the support group. For questions or to RSVP, call: (302) 644-4954.

Bariatric Support Group 
Second Saturday of each month
The group meets in Beebe Healthcare’s South Conference room at the Lewes campus from 10 a.m. to noon. This group is for all those who have had bariatric surgery, no matter where they had their surgery, and for those considering bariatric surgery. If you are considering bariatric surgery, talk to your primary care physician, come to a support group meeting, talk to the Bariatric Surgery team by calling (302) 313-2000, or visit https://www.beebehealthcare.org/patient-care-services/bariatric-surgery-and-weight-loss-surgery

“Being Young With Cancer” Support Group
Second and fourth Mondays of each month
The group addresses the unique emotional needs of patients ages 30 to 50. The group meets at Tunnell Cancer Center at the Rehoboth Beach Campus on Route 24 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information or to join the group, call Clare Wilson for a pre-meeting interview at (302) 645-3087.

Better Breathers Club
Third Wednesday of each month
A support group for those with pulmonary diseases. Information on pulmonary disease and treatments is presented by respiratory therapists, physicians, dietitians, and pharmacists. Attendees suggest topics to discuss. The group meets in the Lewes Public Library at 2 p.m. For information, contact Kathi Dayton at (302) 645-3298.

Caregivers' Support Group
Third Thursday of each month
A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and related diseases meets at The Gull House (Bay Mart Shopping Center, opposite Spring Lake, Rehoboth). For more information, call Kathleen Graham Frey at (302) 226-2160.

Diabetes Support Group
Every other month on Wednesdays
Beebe Diabetes Management offers a Diabetes Support Group the second Wednesday of alternating months (January, March, May, July, September, November) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at our offices at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Interested participants may reach our office at (302) 645-3121 with questions. The support group is open to anyone interested who is diagnosed with Diabetes or supports someone with diabetes. 

Heart to Heart Support Group

Second Thursday of the month
This group is open to anyone who has heart failure and their caregivers. According to support group founder Lynn Toth, DNP, MSN, RN, NP-C, cardiovascular medical specialist at Beebe Healthcare, many people find support groups to be useful when coping with the emotional aspects of their condition. The support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Cardiovascular Conference Room at Beebe’s main campus in downtown Lewes. For more information on the group, contact Lynn Toth at (302) 542-6334.

Mended Hearts Support Group
Third Wednesday of each month
A heart health support group for those who have heart disease, for those who have had heart related medical procedures (i.e., stents inserted via catherizations) and for those who have had open heart surgery (i.e., bypass surgery, valve replacements and heart transplants). Meetings, which are open to members as well as non-members, include discussion and presentations on heart health related topics for heart patients as well as their family and their caregivers. Meetings are held at 2 p.m. in the McCurry Conference Room at the Medical Arts Building at the Rehoboth Campus on Route 24. For more information, call Joe Prematta at (302) 988-1012, John Marchetti at (302) 227-5251 or Joe Venerus at (302) 827-8125.

Ostomy Support Group
Every other month on the Second Wednesday
Beebe Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine offers the Ostomy Support Group in the office, Suite 210, in the Medical Arts Building, Rehoboth Beach Campus. The group meets February, April, June, August, October, and December from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call our office at (302) 645-3121.

Parkinson Disease Caregiver Discussions
Fourth Tuesday of each month
This group features discussions on experiences, problem-solving, self-management, resources, and education. The group meets at the Harbour Lights (Lewes) Cheer Center, 34211 Woods Edge Drive from 10 to 11 a.m. Parkinson Disease caregivers and in-home caregivers from agencies are welcome to share and learn. Contact Marge Fleming Smith, (302) 354-5453 or email mflemingsmith@yahoo.com for more information. 

Parkinson's Disease Education & Support Group

First Monday of each month
The Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex County meets the first Monday of each month at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Rehoboth Beach. The exercise class begins at 1 p.m. Formal meeting begins at 2 p.m. Speakers address issues relating to Parkinson's Disease, including aging in place and general interest topics. For more information, contact Patricia Slygh at (410) 322-3000 or email pcslygh@comcast.net or contact Glen Henderson at (301) 704-0466 or email henso1@verizon.net

Stroke Support Group
Fourth Thursday of each month
The Stroke Support Group will meet monthly starting again in October 2018. The new meeting location will be at Beebe's location in Lighthouse Plaza (Route 1), Rehoboth Beach. The group meets 5 to 6:30 p.m. and provides support to stroke survivors, care partners, spouses, and friends. It provides education and resources to maximize participation in home and community. The instructor is Holly Sullivan, Speech/Language Pathologist at Beebe. For more information, call (302) 645-3100, ext. 2436.

 

Classes

Childbirth Education
This is an exciting time, but you might also feel anxious about the childbirth process. The Beebe Healthcare Women’s Health team is here for you. We want you to have the best birth experience possible, and we also want to provide you the information you need to know before coming to the Medical Center to give birth. Join us for our free childbirth education classes! During your pregnancy, our childbirth education classes for parents will help your prepare for the big day. And, when you come to Beebe to have your baby, you and your healthcare team will work together to create the best birthing experience for you! What better way is there to welcome your child into the world? Classes are offered the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register for a class, for more information, or to set up a tour of Women's Health, call (302) 645-3726.  Learn more about Beebe's Women's Health Services.

Prenatal Breastfeeding
The Women’s Health Breastfeeding Class is for expectant mothers. This class explains the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, the importance of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact with newborns. Beebe’s Lactation Consultant Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, gives tips on breastfeeding on cue, sleepless nights, signs of a good latch, adequate intake, and not overthinking it. Topics also include safe sleep environments for babies, colostrum collection for diabetic moms, and normal newborn behaviors. The class is held the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing (behind the Medical Center) in Lewes. There is no charge for the class, but participants must register by calling (302) 645-3726Learn more about Beebe's Women's Health Services.

CPR
Beebe offers CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and PALS (pediatric advanced life support) classes. For further information and to sign up, please call the Education Department at (302) 645-3248.

Diabetes
Beebe Diabetes Management offers educational and management services for people with diabetes. Diabetes educational programs are offered three times each month for persons newly diagnosed and those who need a refresher course for managing their disease. A diabetes self-management education series is presented at various days and times on a rotating basis. Individual sessions are available for specific needs. A new insulin pump education program designed to help people with diabetes better manage their disease also is available. For information, call (302) 645-3121Download Diabetes Class & Group Support Information (PDF). Learn more about Diabetes Management & Medical Nutrition Therapy.