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

Brain Injury Support Group

This group is for people affected by brain injuries and their friends and families. Meetings held the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 6 A/B at St. Francis, 2620 West Faidley Ave., Grand Island. For information, contact Cris McElroy at (308) 398-5396.

Breast Cancer Support Group

This program helps women with breast cancer develop coping strategies. The goal of the group is to provide support to each individual, recognizing the personal, emotional, and spiritual needs that are unique to women. This support group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Telehealth conference room, Floor 2 of St. Francis, 2116 West Faidley Ave.

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group

This support group is for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants receive support and encouragement by sharing experiences and receiving information relevant to younger women. This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 4, St. Francis, 2620 West Faidley Ave.

Cansurmount Support Group

The Cansurmount program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society with the cooperation of St. Francis. It is a support group designed to help individuals with cancer and their families learn to live each day with hope and gain strength to look toward the future. The Cansurmount program meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Telehealth conference room, Floor 2 of St. Francis, 2116 West Faidley Ave.

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 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.

From Surviving to Thriving

This is a support group designed to help those dealing with life after completing cancer treatment. Surviving cancer is a life experience that needs to be shared and understood. From Surviving to Thriving is designed to provide cancer survivors with opportunities for increased support and education. Those attending will also learn about the resources available to improve quality of life. All cancer survivors are encouraged to attend this support group. From Surviving to Thriving meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Telehealth conference room, 2nd floor of St. Francis, 2116 West Faidley Ave.

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.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

This support group is for women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Participants receive education and support from staff and each other related to experiences unique to them. This group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Telehealth conference room, 2nd floor of St. Francis, 2116 West Faidley Ave.

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.

Next Step Grief Support Group

This ongoing group offers the bereaved person an opportunity to share with other people who have experienced the death of a loved one and receive support. The meetings will take place the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7 p.m. at St. Francis Medical Plaza, 2116 W Faidley Ave., Grand Island, in Conference Rooms B. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Katie Robbins, HealthConnect at Home, at (308) 398-2629.

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 5:30-6:30 in Conference room 2/3. Anyone affected by stroke or brain injury, including family, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend. We will meet March 15th, July 19th, Sept 20th, and Nov 15th in 2018. May 17th (location to be announced). Contact mmaire@grandislandpt.com or krasmussen4@hotmail.com for details.

Telehealth Patient Educational Opportunities

The St. Francis Cancer Treatment 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 St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center for more information.