Classes & Events

A Time to Heal

A Time to Heal is a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help people regain their physical, emotional, intellectual, psychological, and spiritual strength after undergoing cancer treatment. Men and women who have completed surgery and chemotherapy and/or radiation for a first diagnosis of cancer are eligible to participate. Please call (308) 398-5450 for program dates and times.

Adult Grief Class

The adult grief class is offered beginning in the fall. This class meets once a week for six weeks and provides information on understanding the grief process and coping methods. There is no cost to attend as the class is provided as a service to our community in conjunction with the hospice program. For more information, contact Heather Galvan, HealthConnect at Home, at (308) 398-2612.

Taking Control of Your Diabetes

This self-management diabetes education program will assist the participant in learning how to manage his or her diabetes effectively with meal planning, exercise, and medication. The schedule for class varies. Call (308) 398-5565 for more information.

Tobacco Cessation Classes

The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® classes are available to anyone in the community interested in quitting tobacco products. Meeting with a small group ensures personal attention from the facilitator and provides support from others who are in the same situation. To sign up or learn more, call the Cancer Treatment Center at (308) 398-5450.

Support Groups

Diabetes Support Group

A support group designed for people living with diabetes and their families. Meets every other month at St. Francis. Please call (308) 384-4600 for dates and times.

Eat at Mom’s

Finding good support while you are breastfeeding is often the key to a successful experience. You can find that support at “Eat at Mom’s,” a group that meets every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon at Hy-Vee, 115 Wilmar Ave., in Grand Island. You may attend anytime for mother-to-mother support. There is also a registered nurse at the meetings to help you or answer any breastfeeding questions you may have.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

A support group for people who have fibromyalgia and their friends and families. The group meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral Square, 402 W. Division (use east door of new building), Grand Island. For information, contact Jean Parachini at (308) 946-3433.

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good, Feel Better is a program to help those with cancer learn how to handle the personal appearance changes that may result from chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Those joining the group begin by describing themselves and the cosmetic or beauty products usually used by filling out a form given to them by their nurse or the cancer rehab coordinator. This group is a public service program developed by the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association. This support group meets monthly in conference room A, lower level of St. Francis, 2116 West Faidley Ave.

Men’s Luncheon

A luncheon offering men an opportunity to share the trials and triumphs of life after experiencing the death of a loved one. The meeting, sponsored by the St. Francis hospice department, will be held the third Thursday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at Tommy’s Restaurant, 1325 South Locust Street, Grand Island. Participants pay for their own meals. For more information, call Katie Robbins at (308) 398-2629.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

This support group is for those diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This group provides support and education for those diagnosed and their family members. Group members meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the basement of Home Federal Bank, 3311 W. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island. For information, please contact Mary Lou Russell at (308) 382-5624 or Dr. Jim Omel at (308) 381-0289.

Stroke Support Group

Stroke support group is held at CHI Health St. Francis every other month. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of every other month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location determined based on speaker or activity. Please see information desk for location. Anyone affected by stroke or brain injury, including family, friends, and caregivers are welcome to attend. Contact Melissa Taylor:, Mollie Maire:, or Kristen Buettner: to be added to the email list and for location of next meeting.

Telehealth Patient Educational Opportunities

The CHI Health Regional Cancer Center offers educational programming broadcast via Telehealth. These educational offerings focus on patient-specific topics. Patients and their families and loved ones can view these Telehealth educational opportunities either from the comfort of their own home or at their local health care facility. Contact the CHI Health Regional Cancer Center for more information.