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Support Groups

Support groups are offered by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center to help provide people with similar concerns. The locations of all programs are posted daily in the Main Lobby of the Health Center. The facilitator listed at the end of each description below may be contacted for more information and for meeting locations.


Center for Healthy Living
A medical program in which participants receive a custom-designed exercise and lifestyle program to manage chronic illnesses. Provider referral is required.

First Aid for Emergencies & Adult & Pediatric CPR
Instructors certified by the American Heart Association. Scheduled periodically, $50 fee for each class. 
Shirley Sherwood

Healthy Directions
A six-month community weight-management program. 
6:30 pm, every Thursday at SBL  
Denise Bloemer, RD, LDN

Hearing Aid Services 
Offered at Sarah Bush Lincoln, SBL Effingham Clinic, Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson and the Paris Community Hospital. 

Heart to Heart 
A program designed to increase awareness of heart health and wellness, offering education and several cardiopulmonary screens. 

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP)
This program provides free mammograms and pap tests to women ages 35 to 64 without insurance. 

Living with Diabetes* 
This program is for people with diabetes and focuses on managing it through nutrition and exercise. 
Paula Enstrom, RN

Step in the Right Direction*  
A FREE six-month program for people with pre-diabetes. 
Paula Enstrom, RN

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
This program is for people with COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis and other respiratory conditions.
 11 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm every Tues. and Thurs. in the METS department.
Cathy Matheny

Tobacco Cessation Services
A program to help you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.
Noel Copper, RN, CTTS

Weight Management Program
A clinically monitored weight management program for people of all ages.
Kristina Adams, RD

Support Groups

Open to anyone suffering from sleep disorders, primarily sleep apnea.
6 to 8 pm, first week of March, June and October
Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at SBL
Rodney Wildman, RPSGT

Cancer Support Group
Open to anyone dealing with any form of cancer, as well as family members.
10 am, second Monday of the month 
Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at SBL
Bob Clapp

Diabetic Support Group
7 pm, second Tuesday of the month in March, June and September at SBL
Cindy Foster, RD, certified diabetic educator

For Quitters Only
A free support group for people who have successfully quit tobacco.
6 pm, first Wednesday of the month 
Center for Healthy Living at SBL
Noel Copper, RN, CTTS

Hopeful Horizons
A grief and education support group open to anyone seeking support about the bereavement process.
1 to 2:30 pm, third Thursday of each month
Prairie Pavilion 2, at Lincolnland Hospice.

Ostomy Support Group
Evening meetings four times a year in Mattoon and Effingham. Call for dates,times and locations.
Ramona Tomshack, RN

Pathways Through Grief
A support group open to anyone who has lost a loved one.
7 to 9 pm, first Wednesday of each month 
Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at SBL
Lincolnland Hospice

Polio Survivors & Friends
1 to 3 pm, first Saturday of each month (no meetings in Jan. or Feb.), teleconferencing is available for those unable to attend­­ 
Glee Helms

Prepared Childbirth

Oh, Baby!
Preregistration fee: $60 per couple. 
Financial assistance available.
Jacquelyn Ordner BSN, RN, CBS

Parent 2 Parent
A FREE service offering information, discussion and support about becoming a parent. 
6 to 7 pm, first Tuesday of each month 
Jacquelyn Ordner BSN, RN, CBS

Financial Assistance

Affordable Care Act
Navigators are available to help people in the seven-county area (Coles, Clark, Cumberland,  Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby) to enroll in health insurance. The healthcare insurance marketplace is open from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31.

*Funded in part by WomenConnected, a women's giving circle within the SBL Health Foundation.