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Support Groups

Grief Suport Groups
Evening sessions are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Groups meet in six week sessions from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays in Annex B, located on the north side of the hospital off Mock Avenue. Registration is preferred.

For more information on St. Mary’s grief support groups, call a chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department at 816-655-5490.

Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors St. Mary’s hosts a monthly support group meeting the first Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. in the Education Center. Please share this information with others who may benefit.

For more information, call the Breast Center at 816-655-5767 or 816-655-5566.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Date: First Thursday of each month
Time: Times vary, call for details.
Location: Annex B
Phone: 816-655-5433

Diabetes
Date: Third Monday of each month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Annex B
Description: Format is a speaker or questions and answers.
Phone: Diane Warren RN, CDE, 816-655-5244

Stroke Support Group
Date: First Tuesday of each month
September through December
February through June
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Phone: 816-655-5687 
To register, call 816-655-5515.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation - Breathe Easy
Date: Last Friday of each month
Quarterly in March, June, September, December
Time: 2 p.m.
Phone: 816-655-5236 
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