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Support Groups at Winthrop-University Hospital


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 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • Call (516) 663-8220 or email LMartinez@winthrop.org

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Support Group

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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

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Support group for adults who have lost a loved one.

Special Topic Bereavement Seminars

Forming a New Identity: Learning to Live by Myself - Lois's Story
Tuesday, February 28, 2017; 1:30-3:30pm
Martin Spatz Center, Room D

From Surviving to Thriving: Healing for Self and Others During and after a Disaster
Thursday, April 27, 2017; 6:45-8:45pm
Pediatrics Conference Room

Grief and Anger
Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 6:30-8:30pm
Martin Spatz Center, Room A

Coping with Loss During the Holidays
Monday, November 14, 2017; 1:30-3:30pm
Martin Spatz Center, Room A

Bereavement Support Groups

Daytime Group
Meets weekly for six sessions
12:00-1:30pm; Beginning Tuesday, February 21, 2017
286 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501
Ample Metered Parking Available

Daytime Group
Meets weekly for six sessions
12:00-1:30pm; Beginning Thursday, July 27, 2017
Winthrop Research and Academic Center - Room G-022
101 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, NY 11501
Parking: 120 Mineola Blvd. Garage on 1st Street - east of Mineola Blvd.

Support Group for Widows
Evening Group

Meets weekly for six sessions
6:00-7:30pm; Beginning Thursday, May 11, 2017
Winthrop Research and Academic Center - Room G-05/06
101 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, NY 11501
Parking: 120 Mineola Blvd. Garage on 1st Street - east of Mineola Blvd.

Perinatal Support Group
Meets weekly for six sessions
6:00pm-7:30pm; Beginning Thursday, October 12, 2017
Winthrop Research and Academic Center - Room G-022
101 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, NY 11501
Parking: 120 Mineola Blvd. Garage on 1st Street - east of Mineola Blvd.

Support Group For Winthrop Employees
Daytime Group
Meets weekly for six sessions
12:00 noon-1:00pm; Beginning Tuesday March 7, 2017
Case Management Conference Room, HR Building 1st Floor

Evening Group
Meets weekly for six sessions
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Beginning Thursday September 21, 2017

Registration is required. Please contact our Pastoral Care Department at 516-663-4749 or email bereavement@winthrop.org

Breast Feeding Support Group

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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 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Fee – Free
  • RSVP required, please call our Welcome Center at 1-866-WINTHROP

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
  • For Registration and Information: Pre-registration required, please 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
  • For information: Call (516) 663-9062 for schedule

Look Good, Feel Better

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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
  • For information: Reservations required; call Diana Pasqua, RN (516) 663-8843

Cardiac Arrest Support Groups

Long Island Miracles

The Long Island Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association has created "Long Island Miracles," a support group 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.


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.
  • For 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
  • For 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
  • For information, please 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

  • Schedule: Monthly on the specified Wednesdays, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center Room A
    259 First Street. Garden City, NY
  • Reservations: Please 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
  • For reservations and information, please 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.

  • Schedule: monthly on the specified Wednesdays
  • Reservations: call (516) 663-3926 to reserve your place
  • Held From 4:00 PM to 5 PM
  • Location: The Winthrop Wellness Pavilion,
    1300 Franklin Avenue, Suite ML-5
    Garden City, NY

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
  • Location:  The Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Avenue,
    Garden City, NY

Pulmonary Support Groups

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
  • Please call (516) 663-2579 on the 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

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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.

  • Schedule: Every other month on a Saturday at 12:00 PM
  • Fee: Free
  • For 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

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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.

  • 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.
  • For more information, please call 516-663-9098 to reserve your spot .

Smoking Cessation

Smoking 101/Educational/Emotional Support

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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.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays at 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free
  • For 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.

  • For information, please 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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  • Meets Saturday & Sunday - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM in New Life Center Room "B"
  • For more information, please call: (516) 741-8222

Alcoholics Anonymous

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  • Meets Sundays and Holidays from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM at the Community Outreach Center - 101 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY
  • For more information, please call the 24-hour hotline at (516) 292-3040

Overeaters Anonymous

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  • Meets every Monday night of the year from 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM at the Community Outreach Center - 101 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY
  • For more information, please call (516) 248-9310

American Liver Foundation

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  • Educational Seminars given throughout the year. Call for dates and times. 
  • For more information, please call: (212) 943-1059, ext. 12

Long Island Celiac Sprue Association