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SMHC Health Education Programs for May 2015

Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) mission is to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve. We are pleased to offer the following health education programs during the month of May.

 

CANCER CARE

Skin Cancer Screening

Attend this screening if: you do not have a regular Dermatologist, have no insurance or are under-insured, have freckles, sunburn easily or have a family history of skin cancer.

Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: SMHC Family Medicine, 13 Industrial Park Road, Saco

Free

Pre-Registration is necessary, please call 1 (844)504-9680.

For more information or to learn of other dates/locations call 1 (844)504-9680.

 

Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking Class

Macrobiotics is a natural approach to health and sickness. A macrobiotic diet consists of whole foods and cooking techniques brimming with health giving qualities. Should you be facing a serious illness or simply looking for better health, we encourage you to explore the possibilities. Presented by Macrobiotic Master Chef Connie Arnold.

Fourth Saturday of each month (May 23), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetser School, 50 Moody Street, Saco

Free

Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.

 

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Childbirth Education Class                 

This class will cover a variety of the birth information, as well as pain control, stages of labor, positions, breathing and much more. Let us help you become more informed so you can create realistic goals and expectations for your most perfect day. Expectant mothers should be in their last trimester.

Every 4 to 5 weeks on a Saturday (May 30), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Cost: $75

Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

 

Breastfeeding Class

SMHC’s board certified lactation consultant will cover how to breastfeed your baby, what's normal, and where to get help if needed.

Last Tuesday of each month (May 26), 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Free

Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

 

Safe Baby - Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR 

This class provides a non-certificate course by the American Heart Association to family and friends, as well as basic home safety for your baby as they grow.

Third Thursday of each month (May 21), 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $35/couple; $20/person.

Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

For more information, please call 283-7350. 

 

Daddy Survival Class 
This class is for first-time Dads who will be looking to get more information in a brief version of the amazing year ahead. Topics include: Planning and preparing for your new addition, labor from a man's point of view and what to expect once you get home for the first few weeks to the changing year ahead. 

May 12, July 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

 

CLASSES/EVENTS

Heartsaver CPR

Course includes instruction, textbook and a two-year certification card from the American Heart Association. 

Location: Kennebunk Fire & Rescue

Cost: $35

For more information, please call 985-2102.

 

Total Joint Replacement Education Class

Designed for those considering total joint replacement. Participants will learn what to expect before, during and after their procedure and stay in the hospital. Open to anyone interested.

Biddeford Medical Center

First Thursday (May 7), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (May 21), 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. of each month.

Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, 1st floor, Classroom 1

Free

To pre-register (not required), please call 283-1126.

 

Sanford Medical Center

Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 a.m.

Location: 25 June Street, Sanford

Free

Pre-registration is required, please call 490-7957.

 

Weight Loss Surgery Information Session

Is weight loss surgery the right decision for you? Have you tried the other weight loss methods and nothing seems to work? If you're considering weight loss surgery, then this introductory class is for you. Information will be presented about nutrition, resources, and other topics to help with the lifestyle and emotional adjustments you may face.

Biddeford Medical Center

Second Wednesday of each month (May 13), 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Free

Registration is required. Please call 284-2630.

 

Sanford Medical Center

Thursday, May 28, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: 25 June Street, Sanford

Free

Registration is required, please call 284-2630.

 

Be Tobacco Free

SMHC’s “Be Tobacco Free” program is a comprehensive 4-week course designed to offer the tobacco user with all the information and tools required to become tobacco free. Our Certified Tobacco Treatments Specialists will offer insights into smoking habits, stress and the relationship it has to smoking, as well as nicotine replacement options available. On­going support is also valuable in guiding the tobacco user to become tobacco free.

Individualized Sessions

Location: SMHC Medical Center, Cardiopulmonary Gym, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Free

Please call 283-7908 to schedule an appointment with Deborah Brown, RN, RRS-C who is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Cancer Support Group
All individuals in treatment, caregivers, and survivors are welcomed.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity to share our individual journeys and offer each other hope and strength.

Second and fourth Thursday (May 14, 28) of each month, 1:00 to 2:00pm

Location: St. Martha’s Church, Route 1, Kennebunk (Please park in the rear of church and enter using the rear door entrance.  Group meets in the second room on the left.)
For more information, please call Peggy at 283-7320.

 

Lung Cancer Support Group

We welcome those affected by lung cancer and their family/friends.  Support, information, and networking will be provided by skilled facilitators.

Mondays, (May 11, 26), 10:30 a.m. to 11:30am

Location: SMHC Walk-In Care, 655 Main Street (entrance on Ross Road), Saco - 2nd floor Conference Room

Free
Registration required. Please call Peggy at 283-7320.

 

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Open to anyone that has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia. The group helps participants understand the process of the disease and allows for sharing and questions. Those attending the daytime support group are able to bring their loved one with them who will attend the Pavilion’s Activity group during the support group. The group is supported by the Alzheimer Association of Maine.

First Wednesday (May 6), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (March 18), 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. of each month.

Location: Pavilion Conference Room, 35 July Street, Sanford

Free

For More information, please call 490-7650.

 

Better Breathers Club of Southern Maine (Pulmonary Rehabilitation)

Open to anyone interested in learning more about pulmonary disease and improving their quality of life. Small group sessions allow participants to share experiences and learn in a comfortable and caring environment.

Second Wednesday of each month (May 13), 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.     

Location: SMHC Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford

Free

For more information, please call 283-7789.

 

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group

Second and fourth Thursday of each month (May 14, 28), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: SMHC Medical Center, Webber Building, 2nd floor conference room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Free

For more information, please contact Helene Langley at 283-7805.

 

Mom's Circle Support Group

SMHC’s Birthing Suite hosts a weekly Mom’s Circle, facilitated by Katherine O'Connor, RN, IBCLC. This group allows mothers to meet for support, play dates, friendship and fun! The group provides mothers with the opportunity to share ideas, vent frustration and compare notes. In this group mothers share their experiences to help other new moms and discuss the normal, and not-so-normal, emotions during their postpartum journey. Mom's Circle is free and babies are always welcome.

Every Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Panera Bread at Biddeford Crossing

Free

For more information, www.momscirclesouthernmaine.com

 

Mature Women’s Support Group

This group discusses issues pertaining to life as we grow older. This is a 50+ age group.

Every other Tuesday (May 5, 19), 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

Free

For more information call 240-8638.

 

Young Widow & Widowers Support Group

Hosted by Center for Grieving Children

Second and fourth Friday of each month (May 8, 22), 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford

Free

Registration is required. Please call 775-5216.

 

Cancer Support Group

First and third Friday, (May 1, 15), 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford

Free

For more information call 459-1600

 

Ostomy Support Group

This program is for patients, families and caregivers of those having or having had ostomy surgery. Sessions will include discussion with ostomy nurses and visits from recommended vendors. This group is in affiliation with the United Ostomy Association.

Wednesday, May 6, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: SMHC, Biddeford Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive (Classroom D), Biddeford

Free

 

Memory Café

If you or someone you know is struggling with memory problems, come and enjoy a cup of coffee as we share and learn from each other. The Memory Café is open to those with memory problems, family members, and caregivers.

Third Wednesday of each month (May 20), 1:00 p.m.

Location: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco

For more information call Carol at 205-5779

 

Need a Physician?  Visit www.smhc.org/medstaff or call (866) 436-6168.

 

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Kennebunk, Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smhc.org or @smhcHealth on Twitter.

 

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