Bates County Memorial Hospital Support Groups

New Support Groups in 2020 at Bates County Memorial Hospital

Do you have health goals for the New Year? A support group can really help. Bates County Memorial Hospital is adding three new support groups in 2020 for weight management, grief and loss, and smoking. The groups will meet monthly on Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the hospital’s AB room.

  • Weight Management – Every first Thursday of the month, starting January 2
  • Grief & Loss – Every second Thursday of the month, starting January 9
  • Diabetes – (Ongoing) Every third Thursday of the month
  • Quit Smoking – Every fourth Thursday of the month, starting January 23

The groups are led by Jennifer Eick-Jakiela, LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant for Family Care Clinics of BCMH.

“It’s normal to struggle with these health challenges, both physical and mental,” Jennifer says. “Often we think we have to tough it out alone. Meeting as a group can result in new ways of thinking about your challenges, or new questions to bring up with your health and wellness team. Listening to the experiences of others can be eye-opening and reveal unexpected answers or possibilities, giving you hope, validation and encouragement.”

Most groups will focus on setting goals, with a stress on self-management. Special speakers will also be scheduled several times a year. For example, the next Diabetes Support Group will feature Dr. Robert Shemwell, podiatrist, talking about diabetic foot care. Please note our special date and time for this group on Friday, January 17, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

No reservations are required to attend BCMH Support groups. Attending is free. Groups are also open to caregivers and those who want to support their loved ones. For more information about BCMH Support Groups, please call 660-200-7007, or visit the hospital’s website at