Print    Email
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+)


Support Groups

If you have any additions to the Support Group list, please contact Karen O'Donnell by e-mailing odonnelk@mercyhealth.com with your request.  Thank you.

A Step Beyond
This support group is designed for those who have experienced loss.  Sessions are designed to help people move beyond grief and learn how to live again.  Discover friendship and fellowship.  Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m., Christy-Smith Resource Center, 1819 Morningside Ave. For more information, call (712) 276-7319.

AA Group - Many Hands Caring
Meets-11:30 am to 1:00 pm each Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center, Woodbury Room-3rd Floor, in the back of the cafeteria. Contact person: Mary Carlson (712) 255-7557

ADHD Support Group
Held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm at Disabilities Resource Center 520 Nebraska Street, Suite 101. For more information call Joan at 255-1065.

After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group
For women who have or have had breast cancer.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm at the June E Nylen Cancer Center, September through May.  Please call (712) 252-9370 for more information.

Alzheimer's Association Support Group
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 5:30pm, Bickford Cottage, 4022 Indian Hills Dr., Sioux City or the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 pm at the Alzheimer's Association, 201 Pierce St. (By Famous Dave's) Sioux City.  Contact Emily Garber at  (712) 279-5802.   For other Siouxland area support groups, please see:  http://www.alz.org/siouxland

Anger Management Class
Boys and Girls Home - 21st and Court
Meets 5:15-7:15 pm - Wednesdays for 2 weeks
Cost is $100 and must be paid prior to attending the class.
Contact: Kathy at (712) 293-4760
Heartland Counseling Services, 917 W 21st St, South Sioux City, Contact: (402) 494-3337
Call for dates, times and fees.

Attention Deficit Disorder
Siouxland CH.A.D.D.*
(*Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders)
CHADD of Iowa meets at various locations, dates and times throughout the State.  Meetings in Sioux City are temporarily on hold at this time.  If you have questions regarding ADHD supports in the Sioux City area, please contact CHADD of Iowa Coordinator, Cindy Laughead at 563-263-8476.

Autism--Siouxland Autism Support Group
Second Thursday of the month at Western Hills Area Education Agency, 1520 Morningside Ave. For more information, call 274-6000, ext. 6040.

Bariatric Support Group
First and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Leiter Room at Mercy Medical Center. For questions contact Megan Cleveland, RD, LN (605) 217-5566.

Brain Injury Support Group
For help or information, contact the Brain Injury Association's Family Helpline at: 1-800-444-6443 or visit their web site at http://www.biausa.org/ .

BRCA Positive Support Group
For those who have tested positive for the BRCA gene or those who are thinking of taking the test.  Contact Aimee Uhl at 712-574-7455 or aimeejk@msn.com for more information including dates and times.

Breast Cancer (ABC-After Breast Cancer) Support Group
Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center This is a support group for women who have or have had breast cancer. This group meets September through May. Contact person: Mary Jane Fitch (712) 252-9338.

Broken Silence Suicide Support Group
Seven-week structured support group to help individuals move through the intense emotions of grief when a loved one has died by suicide.  Topics include:  understanding grief and suicide, guilt, depression, and dealing with anniversaries and holidays.  Contact Brenda Zahnley (712) 276-7319 for more information.

Caregivers Support Group
This group is primarily for caregivers and helps them cope with change and losses, help with decision making, and lets them  connect with other caregivers.  Contact Sister Janet at (712) 252-9387 or Brenda Winkler at (712) 252-9370.

Caregivers Support Group
Meet at Sunrise Retirement Community, 5501 Gordon Dr., Sioux City on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  Meetings will be facilitated by Connections Area Agency on Aging.  Call 712-279-6900 for more information.

The Celiac Sprue Support Group
Celiac Disease (CD) is a genetic disorder. In people with CD, eating certain types of protein, called gluten, sets off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine.  Meets the 3rd Monday of every month at Mercy Medical Center, Leiter Room.  Contact: DeAnna Pennings at 252-5131 or cell 223-0220

Children of Divorce Group (Two Groups - Ages 5-8 & 9-12)
This group will help children cope with adjustment difficulties resulting from parents separating or divorcing, changes in relationships with extended family, estrangement from one parent and the introduction of step-parents and step-siblings.  Please call Mandi at (712) 279-2373 or email mandi.allen@mercyhealth.com for more information.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group
For more information, call Rhonda at (712) 568-2790.

Community of Daughters
Four-week grief group for any woman who has experienced the death of her mother through illness, accident, sudden death or suicide.  You will be provided with educational information about the grieving process as well as a safe environment where you can express your feelings openly without criticism or judgment.  Call (712) 276-7319 for information and schedule.

Compassionate Friends
For families who have lost children. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month (except for third Wednesday in November and 2nd Sunday in December) in Mercy Medical Center's Leiter Room. Chapter co-leaders are:  Don Mulder, (712) 278-2032 or (712) 441-0144 and  Patsy Bootsma, (712) 278-2089 or (712) 441-4126.  Website: http://www.tcfsiouxcity.org/.

COPD Support Group
For patients (and their families) suffering from various pulmonary diseases. Quarterly at 7 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center, Leiter Room. Call Harlan Hansen at (712) 279-2579 for more information.

Developmental Disabilities - Siouxland Developmental Disabilities Network
A support group of/for people experiencing a developmental disability or families touched by a loved one with a developmental disability.  The group meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 218 W. 18th Street, South Sioux City, Nebraska.  Please use the parking lot behind the church on West 19th Street.  For more information, contact Jennifer Smith at (712) 226-4477 or (402) 494-2018.

Divorce Support (Children's) (Light a Child's Life)
A unique group to help children cope with the challenges of parental separation or divorce.
Call (712) 279-2373 for more information or to register.

Epilepsy Support Group
For anyone diagnosed with seizures or epilepsy and family or friends. Call or e-mail Steve Fox at (712) 277-2324 from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday-Friday for meeting dates, locations, or more information.  Email: slf1970@cableone.net.

Family Support Group (formerly Leukemia & General Cancer Support Group)
This support group meets monthly at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. It is designed for patients and their families who are dealing with the diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Also included in the group are any and all types of cancer. Please call Brenda at (712) 252-9370 for dates and times of meetings.

General Cancer Support Group
Meets monthly at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, 230 Nebraska Street. Contact Person: Mary Jane Fitch - (712) 252-9338.

HIV/AIDS Support Group
Meets weekly. For more information, call Darla or Teri at Siouxland Community Health Center (712) 252-2477 or 1-888-371-1965.

Kids Coping with a Loved One's Cancer
This class is for kids ages 5 - 15 and consists of three one-on-one sessions to help kids deal with a loved one's cancer.  Class meets on as-needed basis.  Please call Mary Jane Fitch at (712) 252-0088 or email fitchm@jencc.com for more information.             

Life After Fibromyalgia LAF (laugh) - Fibromyalgia Support Group
This support group's purpose is to share and be with others that are dealing with Fibromyalgia.  Family members are also welcome.  Held in Sioux City, Iowa.  Please contact Trish Parvu by calling 712-203-9814 or e-mailing at brorobbrit@live.com for more information.      

Lupus Support Group
Meetings will cease until further notice. For more information, call Iowa Lupus Chapter in Des Moines, Iowa, at 1-888-279-3048.                                                                                                                        

Mothers of Multiples in Siouxland (MOMS)
Support group for mothers of twins, triplets or more. Monthly activities, speakers, family outings, and annual rummages. For more information on how to join, call Tara at 234-1266 or Deb at 253-3351.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. first Saturday of the month at the CNOS, Dakota Dunes, S.D. For anyone with MS and/or their families. For more information, call Janet Limoges at (605) 217-2726.

Obtain Optimal Health and Wellness
Personalized six-week program for cancer survivors.  For information and to sign up, call Cindy Gates at (712) 252-9425 or email gatesc@jencc.com.

Parkinson's Support Group
Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. For current meeting location, please call Marilee Lynn at 389-2954.

Post Polio Support
The Post-Polio support group meets at 11 a.m. first Thursday of the month at Perkins Restaurant by Menards in Sioux City. For more information call Joan at 255-1065.

Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group meets at 5:15 on the first Tuesday of the month at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. The purpose of the group is to provide a comfortable place to receive information about diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer along with providing interesting topics for discussion. Call 712-252-9338 for more information.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Individual and Support Groups
For more information, call CSADV in Sioux City at (712) 258-7233; Plymouth County at (712) 546-6764; Monona County at (712) 423-3443. Advocacy and support available 24 hours a day at 1-800-982-7233. All services free of charge and confidential.

Siouxland IC Support Group
We are a support group for patients who have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome.  We also welcome those with any concerns about urinary frequency or urgency.  Meets quarterly in Sioux City, Iowa.  For more information, call Jacque Dundas at (316) 641-9766 or e-mail icsiouxlandgroup@yahgoo.com.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Survivors of Suicide is an ongoing support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.  The group meets on the first and third Monday evening of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jitter's Coffee Shop at 3065 Floyd Blvd, Sioux City.  For more information, contact Tonya Peterson at (712) 574-0349, tonyapeterson@bigdogrocks.com.

Mercy's Health Coaching for Tobacco Cessation 
One on One Health Coaching for Tobacco Cessation consists of 5 sessions for $150.00. Health Coaching provides participants with a one-on-one opportunity to formulate achievable individual health goals, determine actions plans to achieve these goals and discuss strategies to overcome potential barriers.  Health coaching is appropriate for those wanting to lose weight, eat healthier, become more active, manage stress in a healthier manner, quit tobacco, and/or manage a chronic health condition.  Health coaching can help you achieve your best 'you'!  Call Deb Twyford at 712-274-4334 or Kim Jorgensen at 712-274-4302, Mercy Business Health Services, for detailed information.

Type I Diabetes Support Group                                                                                                                                                                    Mercy Medical Center and Midlands Clinic is sponsoring a support group for those affected by Type 1 diabetes.  For more information, please call (712) 279-2345 to reach the Diabetes Education Department at Mercy Medical Center, or call Sharon Blom, R.N. or Joanne Hannah, R.N. at Midlands Clinic, (605) 217-5517 for more information.

Voice Disorder Support Group
Meets as needed at Mercy Medical Center, Buena Vista Room. (712) 279-2686

Weight Watchers
Weekly meetings at Noon in the Leiter Room at Mercy Medical Center. There is a weigh-in before and after the meeting at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For details, call Julie Anfinson at (712) 279-5934.

Woodbury County D.M.D.A.
Support group for people with disabilities and mental disorders.
Noon to 2 p.m. first Saturday of the month at Country Friendship Acres, 4501 West St. (for directions, call Denny at 277-4687); 7 to 8 p.m. first Tuesday of the month at 515 Court St. in the Community Room; 7 to 8 p.m. second Tuesday of the month at 441 W. Third St. in the Community Room; 7 to 8 p.m. third Tuesday of the month at 409 W. Third St. in the Community Room.

Young At Heart Cancer Support Group
Group designed for cancer survivors forty-something and below, who have completed or are undergoing treatment.  The group addresses issues of fertility, dealing with a cancer diagnosis while raising young children, family issues and fatigue.  Call Sara (712) 253-9304 or Kristen (712) 898-7756 for meeting dates and times.  

Young Widow's Support Group
A 5-week support group for women ages 35-50. This group combines educational components as well as a safe environment to share feelings openly with other young widows.  Periodic meetings with social events will follow the 5-week structured format.  Call (712) 276-7319 for information and schedule.

Your Way to Wellness: Life After Cancer Treatment
This class is free to people who have completed active cancer treatment and includes information on:  nutrition, physical activity, social and emotional well being, spiritual resources, and physical and medical health.  A class is held monthly.  For more information and to register, please contact Tracy Feathers at (712) 252-9426 or e-mail featherst@jencc.com.  

 

 

©  2014 

Mercy Medical Center Sioux City | 801 Fifth Street, Sioux City Iowa 51102 | 712-279-2010