January events and happenings at SRHS


SPARTANBURG — Don’t miss Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s events in January. Join us for grocery store tours, clinical trials awareness lunch and learns, and yoga for cancer survivors.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Mondays in Jan., 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

Maintaining a healthy weight after the completion of cancer treatment can be challenging, but with the proper tools and support, you can achieve your weight-loss goals. TOPS is a weight-loss support group for cancer survivors. For more information on becoming a member, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Events.

WEALTH (Walking, Eating And Learning Towards Health)

Mondays in Jan., 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

If you are a cancer survivor looking for a fun way to engage in regular physical activity, we encourage you and your caregiver to join WEALTH! WEALTH participants meet twice weekly for a 30-minute walking session, which concludes with a brief nutrition education class. For more information, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-7618.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Thursdays in Jan., 5:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Activity Room

Our registered yoga instructor teaches cancer patients and survivors to relax mind and body with gentle yoga. Beginners and those with yoga experience are welcome. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Tai Chi for Cancer Survivors

Tuesdays in Jan., 5:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Activity Room

Cancer patients and survivors learn how to improve balance, breathing and relaxation. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Carolina Carb Counters

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1-2 p.m.

Medical Group of the Carolinas — Diabetes Education, Regional Outpatient Center

Interested in learning more about diabetes? Carolina Carb Counters is a free diabetes support group, which meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Certified diabetes educators lead the discussion and answer questions. Everyone is welcome; no registration is necessary.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

Thursday, Jan. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium

All leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma survivors are welcome to attend. Supper is provided. To register, please call 864-560-6530.

Grief Support Group

Thursdays, Jan. 7-28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive

Grief support groups provide a safe and supportive environment to talk about thoughts and feelings and to find support after the loss of a loved one. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-3856 for more information.

Nutritional Navigation: A Grocery Store Tour

Friday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m.

Publix Hillcrest

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Publix Thornblade

Thursday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.

BI-LO Union

Join dietitian Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD, for a tour of your local grocery store. She’ll share what to look for on a food label, healthy cooking tips, recipes and general advice for navigating any grocery store. Reservations should be made in advance, as space is limited to six participants per tour. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-4472 for more information.

Look Good, Feel Better

Monday, Jan 11, 12-1 p.m.

Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health Conference Room

This is a free makeover program open to all women receiving chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. The goal of the program is to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Call 864-560-6747 to register.

Uplift Support Group

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6-7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6-7 p.m.

Regional Outpatient Center fifth floor, Family Medicine Conference Room

This free support group, led by a clinical therapist, is offered to all pre- and post-surgical weight loss patients in the Upstate. The goal is to build a strong support system for patients prior to surgery that promotes healthy lifestyle changes and behavior modification that patients can build upon after surgery. No registration is necessary.

Food for Life: Cancer Project

Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium

Are you a cancer survivor interested in learning more about nutrition, preparing healthy meals, and trying delicious recipes? If so we have the perfect class for you! Join Food For Life Instructor Terri Edwards and learn how to add more plant-based foods to your diet. This four-week class will cover how foods fight cancer, incorporating more low fat and high fiber foods in your diet, alternatives to dairy, cancer-fighting compounds in food and how to maintain a healthy weight. The class tuition of $100 is being paid by our generous community donors; however, a commitment to all four classes and advanced registration is required. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-7618.

Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lap Band Information Session

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Regional Outpatient Center fifth floor, Family Medicine conference room

This free class covers detailed information about gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band weight loss surgery. The class is led by Drs. Paul Ross and Jason Johnson, who together have performed more than 3,600 combined gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band surgeries. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-7070 for more information.

Pelham Carb Counters

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5-6 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

This free support group is intended for people currently living with diabetes or who are at high risk of developing the disease. Certified diabetes educators lead the discussion and answer questions. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Pelham-Events or call 864-560-9032.

Diabetes Self-Management Education

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

Diabetes affects every organ in the body, and Medical Group of the Carolinas – Diabetes Education can help you learn to manage it. Participants in this program receive a free blood glucose meter and diabetes reference book. You must have a physician’s referral to participate, and insurance will be filed for the program’s cost. Visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Pelham-Events or call 864-560-6465 for more information.

WomenHeart Support Group

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg

Led by a Mayo Clinic-trained facilitator, WomenHeart is a support group for women to express their feelings as a part of a peer group that understands the emotional toll of a heart disease diagnosis. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and is open to any woman with a history of heart disease. Lunch will be provided. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-4472 for more information.

Cancer Café: Clinical Trials Awareness

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 12-1 p.m.

Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium

Held the third Wednesday of each month, Cancer Café is a monthly conversation focusing on various topics related to cancer and the community. Melanie Thomas, MD, MS, will share information about clinical trials awareness and the benefit to our community. Lunch will be provided at this free event but registration is required. Register online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events or call 864-560-6508 for more information.

Better Breathers Club

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2-3 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

Part of the American Lung Association’s Better Breather’s Club, this support group is for anyone living with a chronic lung disease and their families or caregivers. The group is led by a healthcare professional who helps attendees learn how to meet the challenges chronic lung disease brings to daily life. For more information, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Pelham-Events or contact Betty Ann Riggins at 864-361-4102.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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