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Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

Winthrop-Univeristy Hospital is hosting a Caregiver Support Group for Spouses of patients with Alzheimers Disease. The Group will be held at 222 Station Plaza North, Suite 518, Mineola NY. Pre-registration is prefferred. You may attend any or all sessions.
  • Schedule: Meets on the third Monday of the month through July 2013, 3:00PM to 4:15PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Call (516)663-8220 or email
  • Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Support Group (See Calendar)

    Winthrop-University Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Support Groups are open to people who have had bariatric surgery and individuals who are considering the surgery. Surgical treatment and pre and postoperative issues are discussed in every meeting as well as extensive discussion on the special topic of the month. Family and friends are welcome.
  • Are generally held on the first Wednesday of every month in the Winthrop Community Outreach Center at 101 Mineola Blvd., Mineola from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Fee: Free
  • For additional information, call (516) 663-3300.

  • Bereavement Support Group (See Calendar)

    Support group for adults who have lost a loved one.
  • Six week session starting April 7, meeting weekly on Mondays at 6:00PM
  • Six week session starting July 20, meeting weekly on Mondays at 6:00PM
  • Registration is required. Please contact Pastoral Care Department 516-663-4749 or email

  • Breast Feeding Support Group (See Calendar)

    Winthrop-University Hospital provides support for breastfeeding mothers. The Breastfeeding Support Group, led by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) helps to share the breastfeeding experience with mothers, and provide guidance for common issues and concerns faced by breastfeeding. The group is open to all breastfeeding families, not just those who have delivered their babies at Winthrop.
  • Groups held Wednesdays from 1p � 3p
  • Fee � Free
  • RSVP required call Welcome Center at 1-866-WINTHROP

  • Breast Cancer Support Group

    Winthrop-University Hospital Breast Health Center offers support for breast patients. The group offers a forum where patients (newly diagnosed, in treatment and post treatment) can talk, brainstorm ideas, discuss concerns and ask questions in a supportive environment. The group is facilitated by Breast Cancer Social Worker, Michelle DeCastro, LMSW, who will also be available to provide information about concrete services (financial, legal, wig, prosthesis, etc.).
  • Facilitator: Michelle DeCastro, LMSW
  • Fee � Free
  • Registration and Information: Pre-registration required, call (516)663-2556

  • Cancer Support Groups

    Cancer Support Group

    Groups give those diagnosed with cancer or caregivers dealing with the impact of cancer the opportunity to share feelings, concerns and experiences in a safe, supportive environment. Sessions are facilitated by an oncology social worker.
  • Groups: Persons Diagnosed with Cancer, Family Members/Caregivers of Persons Diagnosed with Cancer
  • Fee: Free
  • Information: Call (516) 663-9062 for schedule
  • Look Good, Feel Better (See Calendar)

    Women with cancer learn special hair styling, grooming and make-up techniques from professionals that help them look and feel their best before, during and after treatment. Presented in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.
  • Schedule: Every other month, Monday evenings from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Information: Reservations required; call Diana Pasqua, RN (516) 663-8843
  • Prostate Cancer Education Series & Moderated Question & Answer Session

    Winthrop's Department of Urology hosts a Prostate Cancer Education Series & Moderated Question & Answer Session held at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion (1300 Franklin Avenue, Garden City). The education program features a different speaker and topic each month and is opened to all interested individuals. The question and answer session is moderated by a nurse navigator and physician assistant affiliated with Winthrop's Department of Urology and services as an open discussion to address any and all questions relating to prostate cancer.
  • Schedule: Held on the second Wednesday of the Month from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Registration: Required, call (516) 663-2316 or e-mail

  • Cardiac Arrest Support Groups

    Long Island Miracles

    The Long Island Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association has created "Long Island Miracles," a support groups and advocacy program for patients with heart disease and their families. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is an abrupt loss of heart function due to an electrical problem with the heart that causes the heart to stop beating.
  • Schedule: Periodic meetings will be held at the Winthrop Community Outreach Center
  • Fee: Free
  • Information: Call Andrea Ellinger, RN, at (516) 663-3889 or e-mail

  • Diabetes Support Groups

    Kindred Spirits: United Parents of Children with Diabetes

    Free support group providing education, support and camaraderie for parents of children with diabetes - of any age.
  • Schedule: Monthly meetings on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Open to all parents of children with diabetes, not just those treated at Winthrop.
  • Reservations: None required.
  • Information: Call Winthrop Diabetes Education Center (516) 663-2350
  • Kids Interested in Diabetes: KIDs Program

    Free educational program designed to teach children ages 7 to 12 about diabetes through games and activities. Parents meet at the same time in an adjacent room.
  • Schedule: Monthly meetings on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Open to any family, not just those treated at Winthrop
  • Reservations: None required
  • Information: Call (516) 663-2350
  • Toddler and Preschool Diabetes Support Program

    Support group for families of children with diabetes up to age 6. Parents are provided with accurate information and emotional support while their children (both the child with diabetes and siblings) enjoy a positive play experience.
  • Schedule: Monthly meetings on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
  • Fee: No charge
  • Open to any family, not just those treated at Winthrop
  • Reservations: None required
  • Information: Call Winthrop Diabetes Education Center (516) 663-2350

  • Epilepsy Support Group

    Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is please to offer an Epilepsy patient support group. Groups will meet monthly on the following Wednesdays and will be facilitated by Epilepsy Program Directors Shicong Ye, MD and David Friedman, MD Social Worker, Jane Elson, LCSW
    From 6:00PM to 7:00PM at the
    Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center Room A
    259 First Street
    Garden City, NY
  • Schedule: monthly on the specified Wednesdays
  • Reservations: call (516) 663-3926 to reserve your place

  • Pain Management Support Group

    Individuals dealing with chronic and intermittent pain are invited to join Winthrop-University Hospital�s free ongoing support group. The group is conducted in affiliation with Winthrop�s Pain Management Center under the direction of Edward S. Rubin, MD. Sessions are led by Fredric Corb, PhD, a licensed and certified clinical psychologist with almost 35 years of experience in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • Schedule: Every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML-5 in Garden City.
  • Fee: Free
  • Reservations and Information: call 1-866-WINTHROP

  • Parkinson�s Patient Support Group

    Winthrop-University Hospital Division of Neurology
    Winthrop-University Hospital Movement Disorders Program is pleased to offer a Parkinson�s Patient Support Group. Groups will meet monthly on the following Wednesdays and will be facilitated by the Director of the Movement Disorders Program, Nora Chan, MD, and Social Worker, Mary Rzeszut MSW, LCSW.
    Held From 4:00PM to 5PM at
    The Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
    1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML-5
    Garden City, NY
  • Schedule: monthly on the specified Wednesdays
  • Reservations: call (516) 663-3926 to reserve your place

  • Parkinson's Caregiver Support Group

    Winthrop-University Hospital Movement Disorders Program is Pleased to offer Parkinson's Caregiver Support Group. Groups are facilitated by Mary Rzeszut, MSW, LCSW, and meet monthly at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Avenue, Garden City.
  • Schedule: Meets monthly on specified Mondays
  • Fee: Free, Free Parking
  • Reservations: call (516) 663-4593


    Food & Environmental Allergies & Asthma Support Group

    This group provides an atmosphere where people living with allergies and asthma can learn more about their condition, discuss their feelings, have open, honest communication and learn successful coping strategies.
  • Sessions are facilitated by two registered nurses.
  • Schedule: Second Friday of every other month from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Information: Must call (516) 663-2579 day of session to reserve a seat.
  • Oxygen and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) Support Group

    The group discusses the best ways to cope with symptoms of their lung conditions. Shortness of breath, wheezing, fear, depression, and anxiety are some of the issues addressed. Group is facilitated by a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist.
  • Schedule: First Wednesday of each month, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Reservations & Information: Interested individuals must call Mara Bernstein, LRT, (516) 663-2579 day of session to reserve a seat.
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

    Living with pulmonary hypertension can be very difficult for both the individual and those who care for them. Winthrop's Pulmonary Hypertension Center, in conjunction with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, offers support groups to help those affected with the disease cope.
  • See Calendar
  • Schedule: Every other month on a Saturday at 12:00 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Information: Contact Mary Bartlett, Nurse Practitioner (516) 663-4694
  • Winthrop Eager Breathers - for Graduates of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

    Group meets monthly @ 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM in the Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Boulevard

    Stroke Support Group

    Free support group for stroke survivors and their family members; facilitated by Kathleen Michel, MSN, NP, Stroke Program Coordinator and Brenda DeCicco, MSN, RN, Behavioral Health Manager. Meetings include guest speakers, plus separate support sessions for survivors and family members.
  • See Calendar
  • Schedule: Group generally meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 10:00 � 11:30 AM at 200 Old Country Road, Lower Level Conference room, Mineola. Parking is free on the 2nd level of the parking garage behind the building on 3rd Avenue.
  • Information: please call 516-663-9098 to reserve your spot .

  • Smoking Cessation

    Smoking 101/Educational/Emotional Support

    Learn how to "kick the habit" at a stop smoking support group. Those attending will learn about the availability of all nicotine replacement products and aids. Information about Winthrop's four-week Behavior Modification Program and Hypnosis will be provided. Facilitated by Mara Bernstein, Licensed Respiratory Therapist.
  • See Calendar
  • Schedule: Last Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Last Thursday of each month, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Information: Interested individuals must call Mara Bernstein, LRT, (516) 663-2579 day of session to reserve a seat.

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group

    For people with any type of difficult facial pain.
  • Information: Call Regina Kearns for meeting dates (516) 887-2037

  • Support Group for Women with Multiple Sclerosis

    This support group was established in response to requests from women with MS who are struggling with work, family and relationship issues. �Most women experience challenges managing work and family,� said Mary Rzeszut, MS, LCSW, and Neuroscience Social Worker. �But women with chronic illnesses often deal with issues that are quite complex. Our goal is to offer support to women living with MS, so that they may enjoy a better quality of life and an increased sense of self-worth.�
  • Schedule: First Thursday of each month
  • Fee: Free
  • Registration and information: (516)663-4593

  • Community Group Meetings Held at Winthrop

    GREYSHEET (Subsidiary of Overeaters Anonymous)

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