(All classes are held in St. Margaret's First Floor Presentation Room, unless otherwise noted.)
Monday October 9th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Learn how to be a better babysitter and earn a Certificate in Babysitting.
Instruction on General Safety, Basic CPR and Basic First Aid.
The joint class is held every first and third Wednesday of the month in St. Margaret's Presentation Room (side ac, unless indicated otherwise). The 2016 dates are as follows: January 4 & 18; February 1 & 15; March 1 & 15; April 5 & 19; May 3 & 17; June 7 & 21; July 5 & 19; August 2 & 16; September 6 & 20; October 4 & 18; November 1 & 15; and December 6th.
A Free Diabetes Education Class will be held at St. Margaret’s Hospital on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 3-4 p.m. The class will cover an overview of diabetes, complications and monitoring, nutrition and diet, medications, stress management and social assistance, exercise and activity, and foot, skin and oral care. Participants will also receive a free glucometer. For more information, please call (815) 664-1501.
St. Margaret’s Prenatal/Lamaze classes for expectant mothers, called "1-2-3-4 What To Expect From Labor/Delivery and More," will be held on Monday evenings (for four weeks) on odd months from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Floor Presentation Room at St. Margaret’s Hospital.
The four-week series of classes will consist of lectures on all aspects of pregnancy, including: stages of labor and delivery, techniques for pain relief, caesarian sections, medical interventions, Lamaze breathing techniques, conditioning and relaxation exercises, newborn care, breast and bottle-feeding and infant CPR. Films on childbirth, car seat safety, infant care and infant safety are shown, and a tour of St. Margaret’s Family Birthing Centre is provided.
Participants are asked to bring a blanket, two pillows, and a labor coach (support person). Expectant fathers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
There is no charge for the classes. To register, call St. Margaret’s Family Birthing Centre at (815) 664-1345.
To register for any or all programs, call St. Margaret’s Family Birthing Centre at 815-664-1345 or 815-223-5346, ext. 345.
St. Margaret’s will hold a Mom’s Special Helper Sibling Class for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters on the first Saturday of even months at 10 a.m. in room 309 on the third floor of the Hospital. The class will be conducted through the use of a video, demonstrations, and storybook readings. A tour of the Family Birthing Centre will be provided, and participants will receive refreshments, certificates, a gift bag and souvenir handouts. Parents are encouraged to sign up their 3-11 year olds for this free class.
To register, call St. Margaret’s Family Birthing Centre at (815) 664-1345 or (815) 223-5346, ext. 345.
There will be a Food Service Sanitation Manager Course offered at St. Margaret’s Hospital on Monday, July 18th in the hospital’s first floor Presentation Room. This is a State approved 15-hour course for the Illinois Food Service Safety Manager Certification. All food service facilities are required to have certified managers. For more information contact David Williams at 815-564-5603, or email Dave at: [email protected]
Participants are asked to bring in their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Pharmacists will be available to discuss medications and potential reactions.
Please set up an appointment with the pharmacists by calling St. Margaret’s Hospital Occupational Health Department, at 815-664-1613 or 815-223-5346, ext. 1613.
Third Friday of every month, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
(All support groups are held in St. Margaret’s First Floor Presentation Room, unless otherwise noted.)
St. Margaret’s Health “Teens Need Teens” Peer Support Grief Group will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month (September 2016 through May 2017), from 6-7 p.m. in the hospital’s 1st Floor Presentation Room.
It is a free program coordinated by a trained, licensed clinical social worker to help the teen put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self esteem, and begin to accept what has taken place in the family. If your child is struggling through a painful loss experience, this will be an opportunity for them to share within a confidential, small group of peers what they are experiencing together.
For more information, please call Tamara at (815) 664-1402.
The Children's Grief Group is a children’s support group through life’s difficult changes of death, divorce and loss. Meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month (September 2016 through May 2017) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Hospital’s First Floor Presentation Room. For more information, call (815) 664-1402.
The Breast Cancer Support Group, "Rebound," of St. Margaret’s Hospital, is open to all persons affected by breast cancer. Interested parties may call (815) 339-6480 for details.
The Look Good…Feel Better® program will be offered to residents of the Illinois Valley at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley on Thurs., Apr. 20 and Wed., Oct. 11th from 1-3pm. This free program is a joint effort between the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. The session is free, but registration is requested to ensure the proper make-up kit and materials are available for each participant. To register for either program or for additional information, please contact Lynette at 815-664-1440.
"Look Good…Feel Better® is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance," says Nicole Killion, Patient Services Representative with the American Cancer Society. "Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting with others in the same situation. And the free make-up and instruction from professionals helps them look and feel better."
According to the American Cancer Society, there are dozens of anti-cancer drugs in use today, each with its own set of possible side effects. Possible appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation include: hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows or lashes; weight gain or loss; changes in skin pigmentation and texture; skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth rate.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The Illinois Division has more than 120,000 volunteers and staff fighting cancer in the state. For the most up-to-date cancer related information and to join the fight against cancer, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
St. Margaret’s Grief Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of every month, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Hospital in the First Floor Presentation Room. Anyone who is experiencing grief due to a loss of a loved one is welcome to attend. Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month. For any questions, please call (815) 664-1402.
"Visions," a support group for anyone with any type of visual problem, will meet regularly on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in St. Margaret’s First Floor Presentation Room. No classes will be held the months of January or December. For more information, call (815) 664-1440.
Third Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., location not disclosed for confidentiality purposes. Call 815-664-1440 for information.
First and third Wednesday of every month, 11:30 a.m-3:30 p.m.
Second Tuesday of every month, 3 - 4 p.m.
1st Floor Presentation Room.
For those wanting information regarding congestive heart failure, or any other heart-related issues. The goal of Cardiac Chat is for individuals to learn the skills that help manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Family members are encouraged to also attend and bring questions.
Attend for the whole hour or just stop in during the scheduled time. Staff members from various departments in the hospital will be on hand monthly to answer various questions:
Dr. David Thompson from Heartcare Midwest will be at our October 8th meeting to answer your heart-related questions. For more information regarding “Cardiac Chat,” please call (815) 664-1118.
First Monday of every month, 1-3:30 p.m. 2017 no meeting in January, July, September, and December.
First and third Mondays of every month, 1-3 p.m., Patient Accounts Center
(815) 664-5311 or (815) 223-5346
(815) 664-1578 TTY