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Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Meetings for people with a desire to stop drinking.

Contact: Alcoholics Anonymous Service Center, (315) 463-5011

No fee.

AWAKE (Sleep Disorders)

AWAKE is an educational support group for people with Sleep Disordered Breathing that is open to the general public.

Meeting date and time: Quarterly, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Call Contact for meeting dates)

Meeting place: Janus Park 7246 Janus Park Drive, Liverpool, NY 13088

Contact: Christine Curtis, (315) 218-9804

No fee.

Bariatric Surgery

A support group for those who have had bariatric surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center or elsewhere.

Meeting date and time: Every third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. with the exception of November 6, 2014.  That meeting will be canceled due to the National Bariatric Conference.

Meeting place: St. Joseph's Health Care Network Building, 7246 Janus Park Drive (off Taft Road), Liverpool, NY, Conference Room A (2nd floor). Please park in cardiopulmonary patient parking section.

Contact: Danielle O'Brien, (315) 448-5825

No fee.

Breast Cancer

Effective immediately, the Breast Cancer Support Group (which has met at the hospital weekly for 20 years) will no longer meet at the hospital.  The current members will continue to meet, however do so in one of their homes.

Contact: Medical Social Work, (315) 448-5175

No fee.

Breast-Feeding

For women who are breast-feeding and returning to work or school.

Meeting date and time: Every third Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting place: St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse, NY, floor 5-1 (maternity) lounge

Contact: Cathy Patrick, 315-448-5323

No fee for St. Joseph's childbirth class and/or maternity patients; $10 all others.

Cardiac Services - Mended Hearts

We are part of a national network of people who have survived heart disease, and we offer support to heart patients, their families, friends and caregivers.  Our members are committed to our motto “It’s great to be alive – and to help others”.  We ease the anxiety and concerns of those affected by heart disease through personal and telephone visits.

We extend an invitation to “Talk”, not as professionals, but as “Persons who have walked in your shoes.”  We are survivors of heart disease and encourage you to reach out to us for the hope and support we can provide patient-to-patient and spouse-to-spouse to help you deal with the many issues you might face regarding your heart procedure or surgery and throughout your recovery. 

Meeting date and time: Last Tuesday of the month except no meetings are held in July, August and November.  “Meet & Greet” 5:45 PM - Meeting at 6:00 PM.  Most meetings are on heart-related topics. 

Meeting Place: Parkrose Estates Retirement Community, Coffee Café on the 2nd Floor – Elevator is available 7251 Janus Park Drive, Liverpool, NY 13088.  Free parking available at Parkrose Estates or next to St. Joseph’s Network Bldg at 7246 Janus Park Dr.  

Contact: For more information, call our voice mail message line at (315) 744-1427, leave your name, address and telephone number and one of our members will get back to you.  To access the Mended Hearts Greater Syracuse website you need to go to www.mendedhearts.org, at the top of the screen click on Find Chapters and then search by entering your home zip code and click search then click on Chapter 287 – Syracuse and you are there. 

ICD

A support group for individuals who have had an internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted to control cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and their family members. It is open to anyone in the community who has an ICD or an AICD (automatic internal cardioverter defibrillator) implanted. For more information, call 448-6442.

Ileo-Anal Reservoir

For patients who have ulcerative colitis and who are considering 2 or 3 stage restorative surgery or who have had such surgery. (This is in contrast to the conventional, permanent ileostomy.)

Meeting date and time: Every three months, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meeting place: St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse, NY, room 1142B

Contact: Susan Stuart, (315) 448-5853

No fee.