Support Groups & Classes
- Breast Cancer Support Group
- Cardiac Education
- CPR and First Aid
- Diabetes Support Group
- Diabetes Self-Management Class
- Total Joint Replacement Pre-operative Education Class
- Prepared Childbirth Saturday Course – all day
- Breastfeeding Class
- Newborn Care Class
- Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group
- Pulmonary Rehab Support Group
Life After Breast Cancer
A support discussion for women who have been diagnosed, are going through or have gone through treatment for breast cancer. Meetings are held at Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center every 6 weeks from 6:00-7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Tina Weakland, Nurse Navigator, LRHCC at 863.904.1943.
HeartSmarts: Whether your goal is to decrease your risk for heart disease, to live well with existing heart disease, or just to better understand it, this class will provide the basic information you need. Topics include risk factors, nutrition, exercise and symptom management. Classes will be held the second Tuesday of every month from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in B-Wing Classroom B201. Registration is not required for this free program. For more information about HeartSmarts please contact Kara Bailey, MSN, RN, CMSRN at 863.687.1100 ext. 7618 or kara.bailey@myLRH.org.
Heart Disease Support Group: Individuals with heart disease, their caregivers, family and friends share experiences and support. Guest speakers provide education and information on topics of interest to the group. The support group meets the second Tuesday of every month, following the HeartSmart Class, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in B-Wing classroom B201.
CPR and First Aid
Citizen CPR, Inc. provides a variety of infant, child and adult CPR classes, as well as first aid and baby/child safety classes. Recommended for all parents, grandparents, baby-sitters and child care providers. For a class schedule, contact Citizen CPR, Inc. at 863.680.1277, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.citizencprinc.com.
Diabetes Support Group
The Diabetes Support Group meets monthly (except summer months) from October through May. The program includes a guest speaker. Call LRH’s Diabetes Education Department at 863.284.1604 to be added to the mailing list. The meeting location alternates between LRH on even months and Watson Clinic on odd months.
Diabetes Self-Management Class
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or need a refresher, LRH’s Diabetes Self-Management class helps people to understand and care for their diabetes, so they can feel their best and prevent complications in the future. The program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Most insurance plans cover the class fee. Day and night classes available. A doctor’s referral is required. For more information or to register, call 863.284.1604.
Information That May Help Before You Come to Class:
Total Joint Replacement Pre-operative Education Class
Days of Class: Wednesdays from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.
Location: B-Wing Classroom, B201 (located on the 2nd floor)
This class is designed to inform elective total joint replacement patients and their families about what to expect with regard to surgery, from the pre-operative period to post hospital recuperation. The class is led by an interdisciplinary team comprised of physical therapists, social services and orthopedic nurses. Topics covered include pain management, daily routine, ambulation, exercises and discharge planning. No Registration required but for more information call Clarissa Watkins at 863.687.1100 ext. 2975.
Prepared Childbirth Saturday Course – all day
Days of Class: Saturday
Class Duration: All Day
Price: $55 per couple (includes interactive book)
The class is condensed with a primary focus on the labor & delivery aspect. The classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch on your own from 12:00 to 1 p.m. Call 863.687.1100 ext. 2097 for more information or register online.
Days of Class: Select Weeknights and Saturdays
Class Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price: $15 (includes breastfeeding book)
For expectant mothers who are considering breastfeeding their newborn. This class will give parents the knowledge that leads to successful breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend. The class is held on select weeknights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 863.687.1100 ext. 2097 for more information or register online.
Newborn Care Class
Days of Class: weekday evenings
Class Duration: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Price: $15 per couple (includes book about newborn care and parenting)
For expectant parents who are seeking to learn more about caring for their new baby during the first few months of life. Topics covered include infant bathing, diapering, and cord care, dressing, feeding and burping. Also covers various ways the infant communicates through body language and crying patterns, signs of illness, when to call a care provider and how to adjust to becoming a family. This class is held on select nights and select Saturdays. Call 863.687.1100 ext. 2097 for more information or register online.
Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group
Days of Class: the third Wednesday of every month
Class Duration: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: B201 Conference Room at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center
For more information, please contact Stroke Program Coordinator Carrie Risher, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, MA.Ed at 863.687.1100 x6248 or email at Carrie.Risher@myLRH.org. Registration is not required for this free program.
Pulmonary Rehab Support Group
Days of Class: the second Friday of every month, except June, July, and August
Class Duration: 10:30 a.m to Noon
This is an open support group for anyone dealing with respiratory problems. Meetings focus on various topics related to living with and coping with lung disease, COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, or Asthma. For more information or to be placed on our mailing list, please call Bobbi Brown at 863.687.1100 ext. 3240.