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:

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


Families Standing Strong Support Group
Family members who live with or interact with a person fighting an addiction can find information, support, and assistance from this group.
Meetings:Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Toomey Front Conference Room.


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


Living the Solution Support Group
This is a support group for those recovering and living with a spinal cord injury and for those who help provide care.
Meetings:Second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Toomey Front Conference Room
Contact Person: Sue Shepherd (330) 340-3813


"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


Stroke Support Group
For those recovering from a stroke and their family, friends and caregivers, the Stroke Support Group offers information and ideas to improve the quality of life and to better understand stroke recovery.
Meetings: Third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Reeves Auditorium - South, on the ground floor.
Contact Person: Jessica Kinsey, licensed social worker at Union Hospital (330) 364-0830