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Bariatric Support Group
Date:
First and Third Tuesday of every month
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph campus, CSJ Room in the Community Center for Health and Education (building D)
Contact person: Billy Croswell
Phone: 816-332-9508
Contact person: Barbara Hurt
Phone: 816-943-2875

Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group
Date: Second Thursday of each even-numbered month
Time: 5:45-7 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph campus, Community Center for Health and Education (building D), CSJ Room
Contact person: Janie Metsker
Phone: 816-943-2281

Breastfeeding Support Group 
(open only to Birthing Center patients)
Date:  Mondays
Time: 11 a.m.-noon
Location: Birthing Center Conference Room
Contact: Lactation Office 816-943-2027

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Date: First Monday of each month
Time: 2 p.m.
Phone: 816-943-4580

Caregivers
Date: First Tuesday
Time:11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Phone: 816-943-2782

Diabetes (day)
Description:
Designed for people who do not like to be out in the evening. Every other month the American Diabetes Association provides a speaker as a part of the Metropolitan Patient Education Committee. Alternate months are for discussions and topics of interest to the participants. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Date: Fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Joseph campus, Community Center for Health Education (building D)
Phone: Call 816-943-2489

Diabetes (evening)
Description: Designed primarily to deal with the issues of diabetes. Everyone with diabetes or who supports someone with diabetes is welcome. Format is usually a speaker and group interactive time for about one hour. There is no charge except for the picnic in July and the Holiday Party in December at which time a meal is served.
Date: Third Thursday of each month
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph campus, Community Center for Health Education (building D)
Phone: 816-943-2489.

Lyme Disease
Date: Fourth Thursday of each month
Time: 7 p.m.
Phone: 913-438-5963

Postpartum Adjustment Support Group
Date: Mondays
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Phone: To register, call 913-677-1300 

Pulmonary
Date and Time: 9-10 a.m., Tuesdays and 1-2 p.m., Thursdays
Phone: Call 816-943-2040 for next meeting dates. 

WELL Support Group (Breast Cancer Survivors)
Date: Every Tuesday for eight weeks
Time: 6-7:15 p.m.
Phone: 816-943-2584
 

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