March 6: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732
Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.
Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.
No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.
Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.
March 8: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.
Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS
March 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.
March 28: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.
Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.
Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.
Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.
Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.
March 13: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, email@example.com for information and referral.
March 14 & 28: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.
Freeman Health System
March 1: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Please call for appointment. Call 417.347.6555.
March 6: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Staff will be available to register people for the 11th Annual Walk for Autism Awareness to be held in April and to help them set up their online fundraising pages. Respite services for individuals enrolled through JRO should be requested prior to the event. Contact Kailin Anderson to verify eligibility or put a name on a list prior to the event. Call 417.347.7850.
March 10: March O’ the Kidney, 8 am, Northpark Mall – Macy’s entrance, 101 N. Range Line Road. One-mile walk benefitting Freeman Dialysis Fund. Walk as a family, individual, company or team. Walk in honor of a loved one or a family affected by kidney disease. Registration fee: $15 per walker. Call 417.347.8330.
March 13 & 27: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.
March 14: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Penny Peek, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, for questions at 417.347.4036.
March 20: Freeman “Real Living with Diabetes,” 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. Topic: Spring into action with new exercise! Call 417.347.5700.
March 20: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.
March 20: Freeman Advantage Writing Class, 9-11 am, Freeman Business Center, Conference Room (back entrance), 3220 McClelland Blvd. If you love writing or want to become better at it, this class is perfect for you. Interested in writing your life story, trying your hand at poetry or giving that novel a whirl? Explore and learn all types of writing with published author Terri McDermid as your teacher. Cost: $5. RSVP. 417.347.5837.
March 22: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W & 4W, 1102 W. 32nd St. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Roll up your sleeves to save as many as three lives. Donors are encouraged to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive. Call 417.347.4603.
March 27: Freeman Advantage Health and Resource Safari: Go Wild for Good Health, 7-11 am, Freeman Business Center, Conference Room (back entrance), 3220 McClelland Blvd. Join this health safari, which features a medication drop-off, health assessments, interactive learning opportunities, informative demonstrations and $10 fasting blood screening. Enjoy all or some of the offered activities, free breakfast and giveaways. 417.347.5837
8:30 am – Yoga with Paige Caldwell
9 am – Zumba Gold with Joplin Family Y
9:30 am – Mindful Breathing with Kris Drake, Freeman Wellness Coordinator
10 am – Cooking Demonstration with Cody Dodson, Freeman Executive Chef
March 30: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Call 417.347.7850.
Freeman Advantage Striders
Wednesdays: Freeman Advantage Diabetes Self-Management, Wednesdays beginning February 14 for 6 weeks, 11 am-1 pm, Freeman Business Center (back entrance). Taught by Lindsey Stevenson, University of Missouri Extension, this course offers excellent information on living a normal, healthy life with diabetes. You will be able to share ideas with instructors and peers to improve quality of life. This course includes information for nutrition, exercise, pain, fatigue, difficult emotions, medications and working with your doctor to make treatment decisions. Bring your own lunch. RSVP to reserve your place in this excellent course. Call 417.347.5837.
March 13: Freeman Advantage Striders/Freeman Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.
Freeman Auxiliary Linen Sale. Treat yourself to luxurious linens, including ultra-plush blankets, quilt sets, comforter sets, throws, pillows and more. Call 417.347.4603.
March 5: 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Room 1 (back entrance), 3220 McClelland Blvd.
March 6: 9 am-5 pm, Freeman Hospital West, 1W & 3W, 1102 W. 32nd St.
March 7: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, 1W & 3W, 1102 W. 32nd St.
March 8: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital East, 1E, 932 E. 34th St.
Mercy Hospital – Support Groups
Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3-3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.
March 1: Bariatric Seminar, 6-7 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Is weight-loss surgery right for you? Mercy Bariatric Center can help you decide. The free seminar is for those who have considered weight-loss surgery, are 80 to 100 pounds overweight, have had multiple unsuccessful attempts at weight loss or have an illness caused or made worse by excess weight. To register or for more information, visit www.mercy.net/JoplinBariatrics.
March 6: Look Good, Feel Better, 10 am-noon, Mercy Hospital Joplin. The free program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is designed for women undergoing cancer treatment who are dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Pre-registration is required. Details: 417.556.2605 or 800.227.2345.
March 12: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-7 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.
March 14: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Men’s meets the second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.
March 14: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.
March 19: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.
March 27: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.
March 27: Mercy Lung Disease Support Group, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Hospital Joplin Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Details: Kelsey Hessee, RRT, 417.556.8231.
March 28: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.
March 28: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.
Mercy Auxiliary, Joplin
Weekdays: Valet Service, 7:30 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Clinic Entrance (west entrance), 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary Joplin, this complimentary service is available for all patients and family members seeking non-hospital care or services.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.
Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.
Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.
Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.
Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.
Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.
Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.
March 26: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurances, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalone Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.
Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO
March 9: Free Colon Screening Kits, 9 am-4 pm, NRMC main lobby. Are you 50 or older? Pick up a free in-home test kit to screen for colon cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death for men and women.
March 13 & 15: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register.
March 14: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.
March 16: Lunch and Learn: “The Use of Ionic and Colloidal Silver for the Prevention and Treatment of Infections,” 12-1 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Presented by Dr. R. Ron Jones. Free to attend. Reserve a $3 boxed lunch or you may bring your own. Please call 417.448.3622 if you wish to reserve a lunch.
March 17: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. One-day childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register for this class.
March 21: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.
March 22: Blood Drive, 1-5 pm, Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. Save the life of a local blood-loss victim. Donate with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Call 417.448.3801.
March 27: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Free screenings of the month: blood pressure and cholesterol. Kern Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.
Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK
March 8: Diabetes Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.
March 8: Low Vision Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.
March 8: Caregivers Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.
March 13 & 27: Depression Support Group, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit www.integrisok.com/baptist-regional-health-center-miami-ok.
Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.
March 1: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.
March 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.
Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for March. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.