UPDATE: Our next support group in this series will be held Wednesday, May 24, from 1-2 p.m. in the Sisters Dining Room. The topic will be “Tai Chi for Health” with speaker Carol Schmidt, a certified Tai Chi instructor at Mercy St. Francis Hospital.
A healthy heart is the key to a happy life. That’s why Mercy St. Francis Hospital is hosting a series of free, monthly cardiopulmonary support groups covering a variety of heart-related topics.
The first meet-up will be Wednesday, March 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Sister’s Dining Room inside the hospital, located at 100 W. U.S. Highway 60. Going forward, the free sessions will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month. The second course will be April 26, covering smoking awareness.
“These are designed to help our friends and neighbors recognize whether they need medical help now rather than later,” said Randy Berner, medical-surgical manager at Mercy St. Francis Hospital. “We want to help people reduce hospital stays, and provide them with the tools and the knowledge to stay healthy if they have heart or breathing issues.”
Each monthly session will feature a different guest speaker. On March 22, Dr. Adegoke O. Adeleke, a hospitalist at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, will discuss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) under the theme “Learn More, Breathe Better.” Future topics include smoking and lungs, telemedicine, rehabilitation, antibiotics, medication and medical equipment.
Anyone with questions or needing help managing a cardiac or pulmonary illness, as well as family and caregivers, are encouraged to attend the free support groups. To learn more, call Randy Berner at 417-934-7059.
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company. Mercy serves millions annually and includes 43 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.