Support Groups

Support Groups are a very important part of modern healthcare. And Union Hospital is continuously expanding our list of groups for patients, family members and caregivers.

Support Groups currently hosted by Union Hospital include:

ALS Support Group

Meetings: Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Union Hospital Reeves Auditorium.
Contact Person: Phyllis VanHorn (330) 343-2690


Alzheimer's Association Support Group
This group is open to caregivers, family members and friends of persons with memory loss. The group is discussion-oriented, and topics are flexible, depending on the needs of the group's members. Guest speakers and relevant videos are occasionally presented.
Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Toomey Conference Room.
Contact Person: Jennifer Miller (330) 966-7343 or (800) 272-3900


Chronic Pain Support Group
Those with chronic pain and their families are welcome to attend these meetings. Meetings include group discussions, guest speakers and educational information related to medications, pain management, chronic pain conditions and treatment options.
Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Toomey Conference Room.
Contact Person: Jane Mulheman Clantz, RN (330) 602-0731


Diabetes Support Group
This monthly meeting welcomes anybody with diabetes or friends and family members who care for a person with diabetes. Learn about blood sugar values, exercise, use of testing meters, diet and nutrition, and many other topics. Meetings are hosted by Union Hospital's diabetes educators and some programs include speakers.
Meetings: First Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m., Union Hospital Educational Services Room 3079.
Contact Persons: Call (330) 343-3311. Ask for Ann Strauss, ext. 2394 or Susan Morris, ext. 2506


"Empowering You" Inpatient Rehab Patient Support Group
This group is led by UH Inpatient Rehabilitation staff and offers support to patients who have suffered a stroke, fractured hip, amputation, or a neurological disorder and the family members who care for them.
Meetings:First Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center Conference Room
Contact Persons: Yvette McClain (330) 365-3806


"Kidney Dialysis Support Group
Conducted by the Fresenius Dialysis Center at Monroe Center
Meetings:Third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in a Union Hospital Conference Room
Contact Person: Sharon Paul (330) 602-5001


"Look Good, Feel Better" - American Cancer Society Program
This is a free national program for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. The National Cosmetology Association, The American Cancer Society, and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association partner to help with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Those attending this program receive a complementary make-up kit.
Meetings: First Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.in the Union Hospital Reeves Auditorium (South)
Contact Person: The American Cancer Society at (888) 227-6446. Please call ahead for an appointment.


Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Support Group
This group is led by members of the Union Hospital Pain Management Center and provides psychological support for RSD patients and families. The group also provides education about RSD and how it affects patients and their families. Meetings include discussion of coping with pain and limitations associated with RSD. Some programs feature a guest speaker.
Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month 2:00 p.m. in the Union Hospital Conference Room 3304
Contact Person: Sandy Cooley, RN (330) 602-0731