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Cancer Support Groups - Patients & Caregivers

Patient Support Group

When someone has cancer, their life changes. But life also changes for those who help the patient through their cancer journey. Reliable caregiver support is crucial to the physical and emotional well-being of those with cancer. In this support group, you'll find caregiving tips, advice, and camaraderie. Share, vent, laugh, and feel less alone in this private space. All are welcome: spouses, partners, siblings, children, friends, etc.  

Last Monday of every month from 1-2:30 p.m. Cancer Center Patient Consult Lounge. For more information, please email Lawrence Grebstein at


A free class for survivors and caregivers every Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. at All That Matters in Wakefield.

Childbirth Education

South County Hospital's Childbirth Education Program  offer a comprehensive selection of classes, programs and support for expecting and new parents. Designed to support you at all stages in your pregnancy and early parenthood, our childbirth classes are taught by Certified Lactation Consultants and Labor & Delivery Nurses from South County Hospital’s Women and Newborn Care Unit. If you have questions about any of our classes, please contact

CPR for Healthcare Providers

Learn how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants as well as learn how to use an automated external defibrillator. Geared toward those who provide direct patient care (MDs, RNs, CNAs, OT/PT, etc.). A course completion card is issued after successful completion of the course. $50 registration fee, includes book and completion card. To register call 401-273-6900.

CPR - Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Program geared toward those who do not have a medical background to learn how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants and also learn how to use an automated external defibrillator. A course completion card is issued after successful completion of the course. $40 registration fee, includes book and completion card. To register call 401-273-6900.

Medication Management

South County Hospital's Medication Management Clinic is a FREE service provided by pharmacists certified in medication management. Individuals taking multiple prescriptions, those recently discharged from the hospital, individuals having side effects from medications, or anyone who wants more in-depth information can benefit from the clinic. The pharmacists can give you a better understanding of how to take your medications for the best results, help you communicate with all of your physicians, reduce your costs, and identify potential problems. Call 401-788-3811 to schedule your FREE appointment.

If you’re taking multiple prescriptions, have been recently discharged from the hospital, have side effects from any medications, or want more in-depth information about medications schedule your free visit.

New Moms' Support Group

Join other new moms and their newborns in a casual, social setting for conversation and education on a variety of topics, including breastfeeding, baby sleeplessness, colic, parental sleep deprivation, postpartum stress, and more. The club is led by a certified childbirth educator and an experienced OB nurse. Certified lactation consultants are also available. The New Moms' Club meets:

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - Noon
The Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Street, Peace Dale, RI
For additional information email: 
Phone: 401-788-1226


Reiki is a hands-on technique for stress reduction for the mind and body. At its simplest, Reiki relaxes the body, mind, and spirit and supports the healing process. Certified volunteer Reiki practitioners provide treatments on all Hospital in-patient units. Reiki treatments are complimentary for South County Hospital patients. Sessions are 10-20 minutes. To request a Reiki treatment ask your nurse or call the request line at 401-788-1981.

Smoking Cessation/Quit Smoking

Treatment and support are provided by a Respiratory Therapist trained in smoking cessation, with a focus on decreasing the prevalence of smoking and tobacco use. Our program services include: Helping you choose a smoking cessation aid. Setting your Quit Date. Individualized follow up appointments for support and counseling.  South County Health's 8 session smoking cessation program incorporates education and exercise. Registration is required and there is a fee for the program. For more information, call 401-782-8020 ext. 3484. 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise to increase awareness about your lungs and your disease. You will learn to achieve exercise with less shortness of breath. The classes are offered in a group setting so you get the chance to meet others with your condition, which provides an opportunity to give and receive peer support. The skills and knowledge learned in the program will help you feel better and manage your chronic lung disease. You’ll become stronger by increasing your level of fitness. Exercising your lungs and your muscles helps you be more active so you can do the things you enjoy with your loved ones. Pulmonary rehabilitation may even decrease the need for hospital visits. Our 8-week, medically supervised pulmonary rehab program utilizes a team approach of nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians and respiratory therapists. For more information, call 401-782-8020, ext. 3484.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab (cardiac rehabilitation) is a comprehensive therapy combining prescribed exercise training, cardiac risk factor modification, education on heart health, diet and nutrition counseling and psychosocial support that helps you recuperate, build confidence and get stronger after you’ve had surgery or medical treatment for a heart issue, such as a heart attack.  Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery.  South County Health offers a 12-week, medically supervised cardiac rehab program. The program features nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists and registered dietitians.  Call 401 782-8020, ext. 3484, to learn more.

PAD Exercise

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) exercise for intermittent claudication - poor circulation in leg arteries due to buildup of plaque - considers the fact that walking causes pain. The program consists of alternating activity and rest in intervals to build up the amount of time you can walk before the pain sets in.  The exercise program is completed in South County Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation center on a treadmill while being monitored.  A physycian’s referral is required before you begin your 12-week exercise program.  Call us at (401) 782-8020 ext 3484.

Cancer Survivorship

The Oncology Rehab and Wellness Program at South County Hospital is designed to help individuals establish a safe and effective exercise routine. The exercise program will depend on individualized goals that focus on increasing strength and energy, managing pain and improving function and quality of life. The program is open to adults of all ages and fitness levels and focuses on using exercise to help manage and prevent symptoms affecting your daily functioning and quality of life such as fatigue, weakness, and balance. Call us at (401) 782-8020 ext 3484.