Upcoming Events

Holyoke Medical Center offers a variety of informational health programs to the community. All programs are free and require pre-registration, unless otherwise noted. 

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Upcoming Events

Click on the links below to learn more about our upcoming events:

Ongoing                                   Prepared Childbirth Class
Ongoing Breastfeeding Class
Ongoing Quit Smoking Workshop
Ongoing  SHINE Program
Ongoing  Medical Weight Loss Information Session (English)
Ongoing Reunión Informacional Sobre La Perdida Médica de Peso (Español)
Ongoing Diabetes Self-Management
October 8, 2016 FREE Flu Vaccines
October 12, 2016 Women's Health Expo
October 13, 2016 All About Kidneys
October 18, 2016 Prostate Health & PSA Testing
October 17, 2016 “Look Good, Feel Better”
October 27, 2016     Detecting & Treating Breast Cancer
November 3, 2016 Different Types of Headaches
November 9, 2016 Estate Planning Documents
November 15, 2016 Coping with Holiday Stress
   

 

Support Groups

 
  Alcoholic Anonymous
  Al-Anon
  Al-Anon: Blueprint For Progress
  Breast Cancer Support Group (Spanish-Speaking) 
  Business Debtors Anonymous
  Cancer Support Group
  Depression & Bipolar Support Group
  Gamblers Anonymous
  MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group
  Narcotics Anonymous
  Narcotics Anonymous 
  Overeaters Anonymous 
  Stroke Support Group

 

 


Prepared Childbirth Class

Classes will include discussions on: relaxation and breathing techniques; the birth process; how the baby develops; nutrition; environmental hazards in pregnancy; staying comfortable during pregnancy; newborn care; basics of breastfeeding and postpartum adjustment.

For more information or to register, call (413) 534- 2700.
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Breastfeeding Class

The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers a monthly breastfeeding class from 7 to 9pm in the Parent Education Room. Upcoming dates can be obtained by calling the Center. Pre-registration is necessary as seating is limited. Mothers’ partners are encouraged to attend, as both partners have a role in the breastfeeding adjustment. Topics will include whether to implement a schedule, and how to deal with various issues that might arise.

For more information or to register, call (413) 534- 2700.
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Quit Smoking Workshop

Seneca Egan, RN, BS, BSN, Tobacco Cessation Specialist

Our on-going READY, SET, QUIT! Smoking Cessation Workshop is made up of six classes designed to give you the information and support you need to get through one of the most important changes of your life. Attendees will be able to remain in the program for support after the six-week course is completed.

Each week the workshop will cover topics such as: Setting and sticking to a quit date; Learning more about your triggers and how to avoid them; How to keep motivated & remain smoke free; Developing coping skills to manage the mental and physical feelings associated with quitting.

Date: Every Monday
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: Free (courtesy of the Prevention & 
Wellness Grant)

To register and for location information, please call Seneca Egan at (413) 534-2734.
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SHINE Program

SHINE is a free service for people who have questions regarding their Medicare and/or Medigap insurance. Appointments may be made to meet on an individual basis with a fully trained SHINE counselor.

Individual Appointments Held Monthly, Please Call To Register (413) 534-2789.
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Medical Weight Loss Informational Meeting (English)

This monthly program will discuss obesity related medical conditions and the services that will be available at Holyoke Medical Center beginning in early 2016. Topics will include non-surgical and surgical options for weight loss as well as new non-surgical procedures that are being developed. Dr. Raftopoulos will discuss this comprehensive medical weight loss program and the multidisciplinary approach he and his team have. This program will be offered monthly in both English and Spanish.

Upcoming Meetings:
 


 

Date: October 11, 2016 
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Westfield Middle School South, 30 W Silver St, Westfield MA 01085

Date: November 9, 2016 
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301

Date: November 17, 2016 
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center

Date: December 15, 2016 
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center

To register by phone, please call (413) 535-4757.
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Reunión Informacional Sobre La Pérdida Médica de Peso

Este programa mensual discutirá las condiciones médicas relacionadas con la obesidad y los servicios que estarán disponibles en el Holyoke Medical Center comenzando al principio del 2016. Los tópicos incluyen opciones no-quirúrgicas y quirúrjicas para la pérdida de peso tanto como nuevos procedimientos no-quirúrjicos que están siendo desarrollados. Dr. Raftopoulos discutirá este programa comprensivo de pérdida médica de peso y el enfoque multidisciplinario que él y su equipo tienen. Este programa será ofrecido mensualmente en inglés y en español.

 
Fechas: 26 de octubre 
Hora: 5:30 PM
Lugar: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para registrarse en línea  

 

Fechas: 30 de noviembre 
Hora: 5:30 PM
Lugar: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center

Fechas: 21 de diciembre 
Hora: 5:30 PM
Lugar: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center

Para registrarse por teléfono, por favor llame (413) 535-4757.

 
 


 

Diabetes Self-Management

You are invited to attend this three week series on diabetes self-management. This program offers a team approach in a round table discussion format to empower patients, their families and caretakers with the knowledge on how to manage their diabetes. Facilitated by registered nurses, registered dietitians and pharmacists, sessions will focus on: what diabetes is, medications, diet, and exercise.


Three Mondays of each month:
October 3, 17 & 24
November 7, 14 & 21
December 5, 12 & 19
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: HMC Fran Como Conference Room

For more information or to register, call April Medeiros, RN, BSN, CHRN, HMC Diabetes Educator, at (413) 534- 2703.
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FREE Flu Vaccines

 

Holyoke Medical Center is please to offer a limited number of FREE flu vaccines. Appointments are on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 8:00-10:00 AM
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
 

Please call (413) 540-5001 to book an appointment. Pre-registration is required and quantities are limited. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
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Women's Health Expo

Whether you are looking for information on breast health, osteoporosis, heart health, nutrition, or menopause, you’ll find it here! Walk through the tabletop health fair in the HMC lobby to schedule a free clinical breast screening. Have your blood pressure checked, schedule a mammogram or colonoscopy and enter a free raffle for a gift basket.

The following lectures will take place in the HMC Fran Como Conference Room and require registration: 

Nutrition for Prevention of Diabetes
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 8:00am
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 
Quality of Life Planning
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 8:45am
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 
New Family Planning and Birth Control Options
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 9:30am
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 
Reducing Stress
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 10:15am
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 
Arthritis and Orthopedic Care
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 11:00am
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 
Managing Your Weight
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 11:45am
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 
Changes in Nutrition Facts Labels (a healthy lunch will be provided)
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 12:30pm
Place: Fran Como Conference Room
 

To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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All About Kidneys: Filtering Through the Information

 

Join Dr. Jonathan Slater to learn more about kidney health, including chronic kidney disease and treatment options for end-stage kidney disease. Hear from a panel of patients on dialysis and former patients who have had a transplant about the treatment options they chose and why. 

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
 
 

To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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Prostate Health & PSA Testing

 

September is Prostate Health Awareness Month! What should you know about prostate health and should you have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test? The PSA test checks for high levels of a protein produced by the prostate gland. Some experts recommend that most men be offered the tests starting at age 50, while others don’t feel it offers enough benefit to recommend to anyone except those at highest risk. Join Dr. Berry as he discusses prostate health and PSA testing. 

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
 
 
 
 

To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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“Look Good, Feel Better”

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, Holyoke Medical Center will present a beauty lesson, with a cosmetologist, free make-up kit and a great time, during a very special program designed to help cancer patients. “Look Good, Feel Better” is an American Cancer Society program for women who are in treatment for cancer and may be experiencing hair loss and skin changes. Find out more about wig care, styling and tips on how to utilize scarves and turbans at the program. The group will be small and intimate – limited to eight women in treatment.

Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 2:30pm
Place:Fran Como Conference Room

To register, please call Jolene Lambert at (413) 534-2501.
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Detecting & Treating Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 300,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed last year in U.S. women. Early detection and treatment is important in increasing the survival rate. Join us for a panel discussion on breast cancer with Drs. Zubeena Mateen, Deborah Panitch, and Steven Urbanski to learn about the latest innovations in mammography, medical oncology, and breast surgery. 

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center


To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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Different Types of Headaches

 

Migraine...Sinus....Cluster...There are many different types of headaches that chronically affect over 45 million Americans. Join Dr. Kareem as he discusses what headaches are, what causes them, various treatment methods, and when should you speak with a doctor. 

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
 
 
 
 

To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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Estate Planning Documents

 

Wills, Health Care Proxies, and Power of Attorney. These documents are important because they preserve your choices. Join Attorney Richard T. O'Connor as he discusses the importance of these legal documents. Health Care Proxy forms will be available. 

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
 
 

To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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Coping with Holiday Stress

 

The holiday season can be a time of joy and excitement. It can also be a time for more stress, chaos, and grief. Holiday stress can lead to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and to simply not taking good care of ourselves. Join Valerie as we learn how to reduce vulnerability to holiday stress, how to better deal with strong feelings, and ways to increase healthy coping skills during the holiday time. 

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Place: HMC Auxiliary Conference Center
 
 
 
 

To register by phone, please call (413) 534-2789.
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Support Groups


Alcoholic Anonymous - 
Days/Times: Friday - 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Sunday - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
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Al-Anon - 
Beginners meeting at 5:45 p.m.
Days/Times: Tuesday - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: www.alanon.org
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Al-Anon Blueprint For Progress
4th step workshop meeting using Al-Anon's Blueprint For Progress Workbook
Al-Anon members and newcomers welcome.
Days/Times: Wednesday - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: TracyL 413.575.8446
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Breast Cancer Support Group (Spanish-Speaking) -  
Spanish-speaking breast cancer support group open to all breast cancer patients and their caregivers.
Days/Times: Third Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. (transportation available if needed)
Contact: For information and location, contact Breast Cancer Patient Navigator, Jolene Lambert at (413) 534-2501
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Business Debtors Anonymous -  
For business owners who have problems with debt. Others are welcome, but asked just to listen.
Days/Times: Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: www.debtorsanonymous.org
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Cancer Support Group -
Open to all cancer patients and their families and care givers.
Days/Times: Second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fran Como Conference Room
Contact: Jolene Lambert at (413) 534-2501
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Depression & Bipolar Support Group -
An open ended support group for anyone experiencing depression / bipolar symptoms.
Days/Times: Monday - 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: (413) 626-7627 or dbsaofwm@hotmail.com
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Gamblers Anonymous -
Closed meeting for problem gamblers. Gam-anon Meeting also available in a separate room.
Last Saturday of the month is a speaker meeting
Days/Times: Saturday - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: Mass. Hotline Number: 855.2CALLGA (855.222.5542) or www.gamblersanonymous.org 
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MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group -  
For women with baby blues, postpartum stress, anxiety and depression to discuss managing the stress and adjustment to motherhood. This group is bilingual.
Days/Times: every Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Midwifery Care of Holyoke, 230 Maple St., Holyoke
Contact: Lisa Pack at The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center at (413) 534-2700
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Narcotics Anonymous -
Miracles Can Happen
Days/Times: Tuesday - 7:45 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: www.na.org
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Narcotics Anonymous -  
Days/Times: Monday - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: HMC Outpatient Behavioral Health
Contact: www.na.org
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Overeaters Anonymous -
Days/Times: Sunday - 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Fran Como Conference Room
Contact: www.oawmass.org
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Stroke Support Group -
Open to all stroke patients and their families and care givers. A speech-language pathologist will conduct a focused language/memory/therapeutic activity for part of each session; however, the primary goal is socialization and an opportunity for patients and families to share experiences and ideas.
Days/Times: Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: South 4 Conference Room
Contact: Speech and Hearing (413) 534-2508
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