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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 4 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 Tuesdays of each month
The group meets at the Tunnell Cancer Center on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call for an interview: (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 at our offices at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The next Support Group meeting is Wednesday, January 10. 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. For more information, call (302) 645-3121.

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 Tuesday 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 Ornish Lifestyle Medicine/Cardiac Rehab offices 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.

PAIN LINX Education and Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month
The group focuses on awareness, education, sharing, and support for people with chronic pain. The group meets at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sessions are led by Rita Williams, MA, CHES, Health Coach with Beebe Healthcare. Call (302) 645-3528 for more information.

Parkinson's Disease Education & Support Group
First Monday of each month
The Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex County holds monthly meetings at 1:30 p.m., the first Monday of the month, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Rehoboth Beach. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers are welcome! For more group information, call (302) 856-2978.

Stroke Support Group
Fourth Thursday of each month
A stroke support group meets at 5 p.m. at the Tunnell Cancer Center, at the Rehoboth Campus. The group 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.

Women And Heart Disease Support Group
Fourth Monday of each month
This support group for women with heart disease meets at the Greene Turtle in Lewes at 5 p.m. For more information, call Donna at (302) 645-3514.

 

Classes

Bariatric Surgery Pre-Op Education 
This class is held on the fourth Saturday of the month at Beebe Healthcare’s South Conference room at the Lewes campus from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a second location for these classes, which are also held in Salisbury. This class is for those who are scheduled to have bariatric surgery at Beebe Healthcare. If you are considering bariatric surgery, talk to your primary care physician, come to a support group meeting, or talk to the Bariatric Surgery team by calling (302) 313-2000, or visiting https://www.beebehealthcare.org/patient-care-services/bariatric-surgery-and-weight-loss-surgery

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.