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 - Beginning the First Thursday of Each Month       Living with Chronic Heart Disease  
Ongoing Prepared Childbirth Class
Ongoing Breastfeeding Class
Ongoing Quit Smoking Workshop
April 20, 2015 Look Good, Feel Better
April 22, 2015 Some Germs are Good 
April 29, 2015 WALK WITH A DOC 
May 4,11 & 18, 2015 Diabetes Self-Management
May 5, 2015 SHINE Program
May 5, 2015 The Facts of Kidney Stones 
May 7, 2015 Living with Chronic Heart Disease
May 20, 2015 WALK WITH A DOC 
June 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2015 Diabetes Self-Management
June 2, 2015 SHINE Program
June 4, 2015 Living with Chronic Heart Disease 
June 4, 2015 Prevent A Stroke, Make A List of Your Risk Factors 
June 10, 2015 WALK WITH A DOC 
June 11, 2015  Free Hearing Screening 
July 2, 2015  Living with Chronic Heart Disease 
July 7, 2015 SHINE Program 
August 4, 2015 SHINE Program 
August 6, 2015 Living with Chronic Heart Disease 
August 17, 2015 “Look Good, Feel Better” 

 

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


Living with Chronic Heart Disease

heartThis is an educational program for people living with chronic heart disease. The four week series will consist of understanding heart diseases such as heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and others; nutrition for your heart; medications for your heart; and physical activity and your heart. A question and answer period will occur the first Thursday of every month with an HMC Cardiovascular Specialist. The series will be repeated monthly.

Start Dates: February 5, March 5, April 2 
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Place: HMC Cardiovascular Specialists (HMC 1st Floor)

Registration is required: please call 413-534-2870
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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 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: 4:30-5:30pm
Cost: $30

To register and for location information, please call Seneca Egan at (413) 534-2734.
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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 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, April 20, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: Fran Como Conference Room

To register, please call Jolene Lambert at (413) 534-2501
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Some Germs are Good

Dr. Jefferson H. Dickey
Chicopee Medical Center

There are millions of bacteria in and on the human body (called the microbiome) that help us to protect ourselves against disease and infection and influence many body functions. Join Dr. Jefferson H. Dickey as he discusses the research and science doctors are using to discover more about the microbiome and its relationships to diabetes, asthma and allergies, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal & neurologic diseases and the emerging role probiotic therapy may have in these problems.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Auxiliary Conference Center

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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WALK WITH A DOC

is a one-hour event allowing participants to learn about a specific health topic, briefly presented by a Holyoke Medical Center doctor. Participants then walk together with the doctor for approximately 30–45 minutes. The doctor will provide time for a question and answer period. Participants will be able to have their blood pressure checked at the end of the event. Pedometers and water will be provided to all pre-registered participants.
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 7:30am
Place: Holyoke Mall Customer Service Desk
Presenter: Dr. Walter Wolf, Podiatrist

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Diabetes Self-Management

You are invited to attend this weekly 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 is Diabetes?, Medications, Diet and Exercise.

Date:  Mondays,  May 4, 11 & 18, 2015
Time: 5:30–7pm
Place: Auxiliary Conference Center

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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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.

Date: May 5,2015
Time: Noon, 1pm or 2pm
Place: Holyoke Medical Center

Space is limited. Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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The Facts of Kidney Stones

Dr. Balaji Padmanaban Athreya MD, FASN FASH
Renal and Transplant Associates of New England (formerly Pioneer Valley Nephrology)

Estimates report that one in ten people will experience kidney stones in their lifetime. Episodes of kidney stones are also on the rise in the United States. What exactly are kidney stones and how could I prevent them? Join Dr. Athreya (Dr.Pad) as we explore the facts about kidney stones; symptoms, risk factors and keeping your kidneys healthy.

Date:  Tuesday, May 5,2015
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Auxiliary Conference Center

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Living with Chronic Heart Disease

You are invited to attend this weekly program about living with chronic heart disease. The four week series will consist of understanding heart diseases such as heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and others; nutrition for your heart; medications for your heart; and physical activity and your heart. A question and answer period will occur the first Thursday of every month with an HMC Cardiovascular Specialist. The series will be repeated monthly.

Start Dates:  May 7,2015
Time: 10–11am
Place: HMC Cardiovascular Specialists
(HMC 1st floor)

Registration is required, please call Donna Abad at (413) 534-2870.
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WALK WITH A DOC

is a one-hour event allowing participants to learn about a specific health topic, briefly presented by a Holyoke Medical Center doctor. Participants then walk together with the doctor for approximately 30–45 minutes. The doctor will provide time for a question and answer period. Participants will be able to have their blood pressure checked at the end of the event. Pedometers and water will be provided to all pre-registered participants.
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 7:30am
Place: Holyoke Mall Customer Service Desk
Presenter: Dr. David Pierangelo, Rheumatologist

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Diabetes Self-Management

You are invited to attend this weekly 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 is Diabetes?, Medications, Diet and Exercise.

Date:  Mondays,  June 1, 8 ,15 & 22, 2015
Time: 5:30–7pm
Place: Auxiliary Conference Center

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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.

Date:  June 2, 2015
Time:Noon, 1pm or 2pm
Place:Holyoke Medical Center

Space is limited. Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Living with Chronic Heart Disease

You are invited to attend this weekly program about living with chronic heart disease. The four week series will consist of understanding heart diseases such as heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and others; nutrition for your heart; medications for your heart; and physical activity and your heart. A question and answer period will occur the first Thursday of every month with an HMC Cardiovascular Specialist. The series will be repeated monthly.

Date:  June 4, 2015
Time:10–11am
Place:HMC Cardiovascular Specialists
(HMC 1st floor)

Registration is required, please call Donna Abad at (413) 534-2870.
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Prevent A Stroke, Make A List of Your Risk Factors

Dr. M. Zubair Kareem,
HMC Stroke Program Medical Director
Angela Smith, RN, HMC Stroke Program Manager

We hear it often… a stroke could happen at any time. But what do we really do to decrease our risk factors? Are we aware of all the stroke risk factors and what we can do? Do we know what to do but think we’ll deal with it tomorrow? The time is now to recognize what we can do to prevent strokes. Join the top members of our HMC award winning stroke team, Dr. M. Zubair Kareem and Angela Smith, as they help us to make a list of our risk factors!

Date: Thursday June 4,2015
Time: 5pm
Place: Auxiliary Conference Center

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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WALK WITH A DOC

is a one-hour event allowing participants to learn about a specific health topic, briefly presented by a Holyoke Medical Center doctor. Participants then walk together with the doctor for approximately 30–45 minutes. The doctor will provide time for a question and answer period. Participants will be able to have their blood pressure checked at the end of the event. Pedometers and water will be provided to all pre-registered participants. 
Date:  Wednesday,   June 10, 2015
Time:7:30am
Place:Holyoke Mall Customer Service Desk
Presenter: Dr. Zubeena Mateen, Oncologist

Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Free Hearing Screening

HMC Speech & Hearing Department
A hearing screening is a quick way to have your hearing checked. Those who pass a hearing screening are presumed to have no hearing loss. Those who fail are in need of a more detailed hearing evaluation to determine the nature and degree of the hearing loss and the best treatment options. The hearing screening will also include an inspection of the ear canal to see if excessive wax is present, which may require a referral to an M.D.

Date: Thursday ,  June 11, 2015
Time:8:00am–4:30pm
Place:HMC Speech & Hearing Department

Space is limited. Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Living with Chronic Heart Disease

You are invited to attend this weekly program about living with chronic heart disease. The four week series will consist of understanding heart diseases such as heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and others; nutrition for your heart; medications for your heart; and physical activity and your heart. A question and answer period will occur the first Thursday of every month with an HMC Cardiovascular Specialist. The series will be repeated monthly.

Date:  July 2, 2015
Time:10–11am
Place:HMC Cardiovascular Specialists
(HMC 1st floor)

Registration is required, please call Donna Abad at (413) 534-2870.
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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.

Date:  July 7, 2015
Time:Noon, 1pm or 2pm
Place:Holyoke Medical Center

Space is limited. Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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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.

Date: August 4, 2015
Time:Noon, 1pm or 2pm
Place:Holyoke Medical Center

Space is limited. Please call to register (413) 534-2789.
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Living with Chronic Heart Disease

You are invited to attend this weekly program about living with chronic heart disease. The four week series will consist of understanding heart diseases such as heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and others; nutrition for your heart; medications for your heart; and physical activity and your heart. A question and answer period will occur the first Thursday of every month with an HMC Cardiovascular Specialist. The series will be repeated monthly.

Start Dates:  August 6, 2015
Time: 10–11am
Place: HMC Cardiovascular Specialists
(HMC 1st floor)

Registration is required, please call Donna Abad at (413) 534-2870.
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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   August 17, 2015
Time:2:30pm
Place:Fran Como Conference Room

To register, please call Jolene Lambert at (413) 534-2501.
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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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