Mercy Offers Support, Classes, Services, Events in 2014

January 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Mo. The following events will be offered to the community by Mercy Hospital Washington during 2014. One may be right for you or someone you know. Additional events will be announced as they are scheduled.

Blood and Platelet Donations are accepted most Wednesdays from 8 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. and most Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Suite 100 in the Mercy Medical Building North. Appointments are recommended. For an appointment or more information about donating blood or hosting a blood drive, call 1-866-37DONOR (373-6667).

Breastfeeding Support Group/ Weigh-In Wednesday offers new and expectant moms education and assistance with breastfeeding and help them make sure that their babies are appropriately gaining weight. The sessions are led by certified educators and a lactation consultant. The class meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon in the private dining room on the second floor at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington. For more information, call 636-239-8645. Private breastfeeding consultations also are available with a certified lactation consultant at no charge. Private consultations can be scheduled prior to delivery, after delivery and as issues arise by calling 636-239-8528.

Car Seat Checks are led by certified child passenger’s safety technicians by appointment at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. and at community events by request. For more information or an appointment, leave a message at 636-239-8645. 

Childbirth Education helps expectant parents prepare for all aspects of the birth process by learning relaxation techniques including breathing, massage, movement, and positioning. Expectant moms should begin attending Childbirth Education classes by the seventh month of pregnancy. Weekday classes meet on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for four weeks. The cost is $70 for a four-week session. An accelerated class is offered several times a year on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $90. For more information about Childbirth Education, call 636-239-8645. To register, call 636-239-8004.

Mercy Heart Prints is a special program developed to provide support to families who are grieving a loss of their baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, newborn’s death. The support group is not a therapy group, but an open meeting. Meetings are led by health care professionals and meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington. For more information, call 636-239-8645.

Mercy Mom’s Connect is an informal gathering of new parents and their children led by a maternal child educator. Sessions feature guest speakers and topics relevant to parenting. It meets from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the private dining room on the second floor at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. For more information, call 636-239-8645.

Free Mammograms and Breast Screenings are offered several times a year to qualifying women between 40 and 64 years of age with little to no health insurance. Dates are set for Feb. 12, April 9, June 18, Aug. 13, Oct. 15 and Dec. 11. Appointments are available in Suite 100 at the Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 314-251-6400 or 877-569-6400. For information about mammograms opportunities with Mercy’s traveling mammogram van, call 1-800-446-3742.

Heartsaver CPR/AED is offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, February 19, May 14, August  20, and October 22. This class is designed to teach community rescuers how to respond during cardiac arrest and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The course teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of barrier devices and choking relief in adults, children and infants. Classes will be held in Classroom A at the Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. The cost is $40. To register, call 636-239-8004.

Heartsaver First Aid is offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 19 and September 17 in Classroom A at the Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. The course teaches non-clinical workers basic emergency response skills such as First Aid and emergency preparedness. It is designed for individuals who want first aid training or need to meet an employer's efforts to comply with OSHA regulations such as corporate employees, security guards or lifeguards. The cost is $40. To register call 636-239-8004.

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED is offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and Saturday, November 1 in Classroom A at the Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. The class teaches basic first aid, adult, child and infant CPR, AED use and how to respond in emergency situations. The cost is $70. To register call 636-239-8004.

Look Good, Feel Better, an inner confidence-building session for chemotherapy patients, meets from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 3, April 7 June2, Aug. 4, Oct. 6  and Dec. 1  in the Conference Room  C on the second floor of Mercy Medical Building South, 901 Patients First Drive in Washington. Cosmetology professionals will assist a newly diagnosed cancer patient  with makeup application, offer tools on how to pick the best fitting wig, how to handle common skin problems and cope with chemo side effects. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call the Breast Health Nurse Navigator at 636-432-3527.

The New Beginnings Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in Suite 108 in the Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. This group offers information and support to people who are considering or have undergone Bariatric Surgery. Each meeting features a guest speaker with a question and answer session and time for group discussions. Family members are welcome to attend. For more information, call 636-861-7891or e-mail bariatricinfo@mercy.net.

Pre-diabetes: Lower Your Risk is a class that helps people identify their risks for pre-diabetes and offers methods to reduce them. Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits can help prevent the progression of this disease. Classes are offered at 1-2:30 p.m. on these Thursdays:  February 6, March 6, April 3; and from 5-6: 6:30 p.m. on these Thursdays: February 20, March 20 and April 17.There is a $20 fee to attend the class and only one class needs to be attended. Classes are held at Mercy South Medical Building, 901 Patients First Drive in Washington, classroom B, second floor. To register, call Mercy Clinic Diabetes and Nutrition at 636 390-1684.

Share the Journey offers education and social networking resources for cancer patients, spouses and family members. The group meets at 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in Conference Room D on the second floor at Mercy Medical Building South, 901 Patients First Drive in Washington. For more information, call the Breast Health Nurse Navigator at 636-432-3527.

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