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Support Groups and Seminars

Bereavement Support Group

The loss of a loved one can be an overwhelming emotional experience. It can alter one’s life and leave them with many questions.

T.J. Samson Community Hospital offers a bereavement support group as an opportunity for community members to learn to cope with feelings of grief, loss and sadness. The group is facilitated by Loretta Boone, MSW. There is no charge to attend but registration is required.

The meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month starting at 2:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, meetings are now being held via Zoom.

Contact Loretta Boone at 270.651.4430 for more information.

Bariatric Seminar Meeting

Patients who have been thinking about bariatric surgery are encouraged to attend our information seminars to learn more about our program so you can move forward with confidence.

During our seminars, you hear directly from our surgeon and care team about everything it takes to achieve weight loss surgery success.

We talk about lifestyle changes, how the procedures work and how you may feel after surgery.

Meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month starting at 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Megan Asberry at 270.659.5945.

Bariatric Support Group

As a bariatric surgery patient, we invite you to join this support group. We will share ideas, recipes, successes, and learn how we can help each other through our challenges.

The meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Megan Asberry at 270.659.5945.

A Stroke Ahead Support Group

A Stroke Ahead is a supportive environment for both survivors and caregivers of stroke or head injury. The group serves as a resource to help them feel supported as they regain their life. A Stroke Ahead will also focus on educating members on the latest research and treatment available, as well as community resources.

The meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month starting at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact the T.J. Rehab Department at 270.659.5660.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Group for expectant, nursing/pumping and experienced moms. Ask questions and share experiences with other nursing moms!

The meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month starting at 6 p.m. at Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library.

Please call 270.218.0675 with questions or for more information.

Breastfeeding Class

Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both mother and baby. While breastfeeding is natural, it is also a learned skill. Our certified lactation consultants prepare you for breastfeeding with confidence. Some of the topics we cover in class include:

  • Preparation for breastfeeding
  • Evidence-based benefits of breastfeeding
  • Techniques and strategies including positioning and latching
  • Managing common concerns of the first few weeks at home

Mothers should contact Kellie Gearlds, RN, IBCLC, at 270.651.4295 to register.

Childbirth Classes

T.J. Samson Community Hospital encourages all new parents to attend our Childbirth Classes. These educational sessions provide lots of great information to help you prepare for childbirth and caring for your newborn. Topics include what to expect during labor and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn care, and much more.

The classes are taught by our compassionate, highly-trained Registered Nurses who are committed to helping you have a happy and healthy pregnancy and delivery. In addition to the important education material that is covered, our Childbirth Classes also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and connect with other new parents.

We now offer three different convenient course options to make it easier for all new parents to attend. As always, these classes include a hospital tour and are provided free of charge for parents who are delivering their babies at T.J. Samson. The traditional Childbirth Class is a four-week course that meets for two hours each week at the T.J. Samson Community Hospital 4th floor classroom. We also offer a convenient one-day Childbirth Class, where all of the material will be covered in a Saturday session. Our Intro to Parenting course, a one-time course, covers information on bathing, swaddling, burping, car seat safety, infant CPR, etc.

Expectant mothers should contact Megan Coulter, RN, OB Nurse Navigator, at 270.659.5919 to register.

Cancer Support Group

Our quarterly Cancer Support Group is open to individuals affected by all types of cancer. The group was formed to give family, caregivers and survivors the support and strength to move forward together.

You may contact the office of Dr. Yashpal Modi with T.J. Oncology and Hematology at 270.659.5893 or the office of Dr. Craig Tyree with Barren River Regional Cancer Center at 270.651.2478 to verify times and locations.

RSVP to Amy Stephens at 270.659.5893.

Health Fairs

T.J. Regional Health hosts two health fairs a year. One in Glasgow at the T.J. Health Pavilion and one in Columbia at T.J. Health Columbia.

Besides a wealth of health information, health fairs provide a free lab testing (basic lipid and lab panel), PSA: Prostate Specific Antigen, as well as free flu shots. You may also have your height, weight, blood pressure and BMI checked.

ABI, Carotid and Aorta screenings are available for purchase.

Pre-registration is required.

Community Health Screenings

  • Lipid Panel + Blood Sugar: $20
  • Bone Density: $5
  • Blood Sugar ONLY: $1

Bone Density Screenings are available by appointment only. Please call 270.651.4355 to schedule this in advance.

The next Community Health Screening will be held on August 26th from 7 - 9 a.m. at the T.J. Health Pavilion Community Center.

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learns are educational events on various health topics featuring T.J. providers as well as other community members.

Lunch and Learns are held monthly from 12 – 1 p.m.

Bring your own lunch and water will be provided. One CEU for nursing professionals who attend.

Please contact Morgan Walker at 270.651.4526 with any questions or for more information.