Emanuel Medical Center has announced its December schedule of classes and support groups. All of the classes are free (excluding healthcare provider certification classes) and open to the public, but preregistration is often required.
For childbirth and breastfeeding education classes it is recommended to sign up in advance of the start dates.
Jessica’s House (Grief Support for Children, Teens and Families)
When a family member dies, kids often feel alone. But grieving children, teens and their families can come together and share their experiences at Jessica's House.
The bi-monthly, hour-and-a-half sessions begin with a talking circle for children and teens and conclude with activities offered in the art studio and/or playroom. There is no set number of sessions; families are welcome to participate for as long as they feel support is needed.
The program is free but preregistration is required. For more information or to register for a group, call (209) 250-5395.
Breastfeeding and Beyond is a breastfeeding support group for new moms that meets weekly from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Mother Baby waiting room adjacent to the Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center. Nursing moms and babies are welcome. No pre-registration is needed, and the group is free of charge. Baby weight checks available. Bring questions and concerns, and network with other new moms in our area.
Cancer Support Groups
Cancer support groups are free of charge. Contact Emanuel Cancer Center at (209) 664-2434 to register and for any questions. All programs are conducted at Emanuel Cancer Center, 880 E. Tuolumne Rd., Turlock.
Cancer in Your Life is a support group for current and former adult cancer patients. It meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month (Dec. 3 and 17) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Emanuel Cancer Center.
Look Good Feel Better is a program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. This class will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Emanuel Cancer Center Conference Room. To register, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 277-2345. This is a free program sponsored by the Emanuel Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association.
Monkey Business Children’s Support Group is a support group for kids, ages 5 to 13, who have a family member with cancer. Call (209) 664-2434 for registration information and session dates. This support group is free and open to the community.
Free Wig Bank
In treatment? Come visit the wig room at Emanuel Cancer Center. The wig room regularly stocks hats, scarves and lap blankets. This room is open weekdays to the community and is not limited to patients of Emanuel Cancer Center.
Expressive Writing Group
For cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Contact Brittany Cotta at (209) 664-5044.
Basic Life Support
BLS Initial: American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course is for healthcare providers who need to obtain initial certification in BLS. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Registration and preparation are required. Call (209) 664-2580 for more information. $70 plus a $15 materials fee.
BLS Renewal: American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Renewal Course. Six options are available: from 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Dec. 11 or Dec. 12. Participants must have a current BLS card. Registration and preparation are required. Call (209) 664-2580 for more information or to register. $55 plus a $15 materials fee.
Hospice Grief Support
One-on-one grief support is available throughout December. Call (209) 664-2550 for more information.