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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: Northeast Medical Center (5th floor conference room), Medical Center Drive (off North Burdick St.), Fayetteville

Contact: William Tillman, (315) 329-7378

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.


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.


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.