October 3: 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.
October 12: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.
Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS
October 10: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.
October 25: 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.
October 10: 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, firstname.lastname@example.org for information and referral.
October 11 & 25: 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
October 7: Clays for a Cause, 8 am-12 pm, Claythorne Lodge, 1329 NW 100th St. Join the fourth annual Clays for a Cause sporting clay tournament benefitting Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. The event includes a silent auction, side matches and gun raffles. Entry Fee: $80 per person – includes lunch, t-shirt and 100 clays. Four-person teams or individual participants welcome. Registration limited to first 200 paid participants. Register online or download registration form at ozarkcenter.com/clays. Call 417.347.7725.
Wednesdays: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman Hospital West. Fresh local produce, meats and baked items for sale. Call 417.347.5646.
October 3: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 6-8 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Enjoy a Zumba® class and social time with fellow breast cancer survivors and supporters. Call 417.347.2662.
October 3: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. 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.
October 3: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Sign up at freemanhealth.com under classes and events. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.
October 10 & 24: 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.
October 11: 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.
October 16: Freeman Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5700.
October 17: 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.
October 20: Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism 10th Birthday Celebration, 2:30-6 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This free event includes food trucks and birthday cake, resource fair, tours of the facility, unveiling of Art Feeds mural, music and games. For more information, visit leffencenterforautism.com. Call 417.347.7850.
October 27: Bill & Virginia 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
October 5: Freeman Advantage Game Day, 1 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Join your friends for a game of cards or dominos. Refreshments provided. Call 417.347.5837.
October 10: 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.
October 10: Freeman Advantage AARP Smart Driver, 12-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Auditorium, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Learn how changes to roads, cars, bodies and laws can impact driving. Cost: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-AARP members. RSVP. Call 417.347.5837.
October 18: Freeman Advantage CarFIT, 10 am-2 pm, Freeman East Parking Lot, 932 E. 34th St (enter from Indiana Ave.). This drive-through checkup evaluates how well your vehicle fits you from seatbelt to mirrors. Appointments scheduled every 20 minutes. RSVP at 417.347.5837.
October 24: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am (social time 9:30am), Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Learn how the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure gives hope to patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not ideal candidates for a complex open-heart surgery. Call 417.347.5837.
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.
October 9: 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.
October 11: 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.
October 11: 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.
October 16: 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.
October 24: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.
October 25: 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.
October 25: 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 Hospital, Aurora
November 2, 3 & 4: Annual Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 2 & 3: 8 am-4 pm, Nov.4: 9 am-1 pm, Carol Morris Conference Room, 500 S. Porter Ave. Call 417.678.4003.
Mercy Hospital, Carthage
October 19: Stuff a Critter, 8 am-5 pm, Room 1940, Mercy Hospital Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way. Choose from a variety of stuffed animals and support patients in need.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
October 5: 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.
October 13: Mercy Wellness Speaker Series: Breast Cancer Awareness, 11:30 am-1 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Join Mercy cancer specialists, who will discuss signs and symptoms of breast cancer, risk factors, treatment options, reconstruction and life-saving screenings. The free event includes lunch, educational booths and prize drawings. Presented by Mercy and Show Me The Ozarks Magazine. Register at mercy.net/BreastAware.
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.
Oct. 2-3: Stuff a Critter. October 2, 7 am-5 pm; Oct. 3, 7 am-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Choose from a variety of stuffed animals and support auxiliary programs.
Oct. 18: Medicare Open Enrollment, 9:30 am-2 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. The Mercy Prestige seniors group and CLAIM will host Medicare open enrollment for anyone who may need help. Appointments are helpful, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call Mercy Prestige at 417.556.3456.
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.
October 23: Alzheimer & Dementia Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Call 417.451.2544.
Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO
Wednesdays Through October 25: Feel Better Now, 1-3 pm. Six-week diabetes self-management class intended for people with diabetes or for anyone caring for someone with diabetes. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. To register, call 417.448.3841.
October 3: Sibling Celebration, 3:30-4:15 pm, NRMC Medical Arts Building Conference Room. Helps young children celebrate becoming a big sibling. Includes a tour of the Maternity Care Center. To make an appointment, call 417.448.3622.
October 6: Lunch and Learn: Dysmetabolic Syndrome, 12-1 pm, Mezzanine Conference Room, presented by Dr. Karen Porte, M.D., F.A.C.E. Also known as metabolic syndrome, a set of risk factors that contribute to big health problems. To make an appointment, call 417.448.3622.
October 11: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.
October 17 & 19: 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 for this class.
October 18: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.
October 19: Ladies Night, 3:30-7 pm, NRMC Main Lobby. In honor of breast cancer awareness, bring a friend for an evening of shopping, refreshments, door prizes, mammograms and more. To schedule your mammogram during these extended hours, call 417.448.3622. *Most insurance accepted, uninsured discount.
October 21: 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.
October 24: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 7 am. Free screenings of the month: blood pressure and cholesterol. Kern Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.
Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK
October 12: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.
October 12: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.
October 11 & 25: 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.
October 12: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.
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.
October 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.
October 5: 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.
Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for October. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.