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Education, Classes, Support

Accident Prevention & CPR

This 2.5-hour class will address safety concerns before your newborn comes home. The instructor will review common childhood accidents and injuries along with some basic childproofing ideas. This class will also include the Family & Friends CPR Class with a review on how to handle choking and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should the need arise. This class is designed for new parents, grandparents, and babysitters. The cost of the program is $40 per person. Class is taught in the Borda Classroom at South County Hospital. Call 401-792-2229 to register.

2019 classes (Mondays 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.): Aug 5, Sept. 16, Dec 9

Cancer Support Groups - Patients & Caregivers

Advanced Cancer Support Group

This support group for individuals living with advanced cancer meets every other Thursday from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose conference room across the hall from the South County Health Cancer Center. The group is guided by Holly Fuscaldo, MSW. The Advanced Cancer Support Group provides social and emotional support for individuals who have any type of metastatic cancer. To learn more, contact Holly Fuscaldo from Case Management at 788-1505.

Breast Cancer - Circle of Friends

The South County Hospital Breast Health Circle of Friends Program, sponsored by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, provides education and support services to newly diagnosed, in-treatment and post-treatment breast cancer patients and their loved ones. Come enjoy coffee, conversation and a variety of free services, including: art therapy, Reiki, reflexology, massage, and nutrition counseling. Meetings take place the third Monday of every month on the South County Hospital campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Offerings vary month to month. To learn more, explore our breast health services or call 401-788-3850.    

Cancer Caregivers' 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.  

Third Friday of the month. 10:30a.m. - noon. Cancer Center Conference Room. For more information call 401-788-3890.

Conversations about Cancer

Conversations about Cancer is a discussion group for cancer patients and survivors. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the South County Health Cancer Center Patient Consult Lounge. 

Discussion Leaders:
Lisa Diebold, MSPT (Physical Therapist)
Lawrence Grebstein, PhD, ABPP (Clinical Psychologist) 
Questions can be directed to or

Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

Support for People with Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer, Inc. (SPOHNC) support group meetings are held monthly, and offer information, support, and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members, and friends. This group meets at South County Hospital (Cancer Center Patient Lounge, Read 1) the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30p.m. - 6:00p.m. For more information contact Donna Castricone, RDN, CDO at 401-788-8568 or

Chair Yoga for Cancer Patients and their Caregivers

The South County Health Cancer Center now offers Chair Yoga, sponsored by The Gloria Gemma Breast Resource Cancer Foundation. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that anyone at any age can participate in. It is specially designed to reduce stress while increasing flexibility and muscle strength. All you need to bring is water, a towel and a yoga mat. It is also best to wear comfortable clothes and socks.

Chair yoga classes are held every Wednesday* from 5 to 6 p.m. in Potter Conference Room A located on the South County Hospital campus.

*In 2018 classes will not be held on: March 21, April 25, July 18, August 15, October 17, and November 7.

For more information about this program, call the Gloria Gemma Foundation at 401-861-4376.

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)

Learn how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants and also learn how to use an automated external defibrillator. Geared toward those who do not have a medical background. 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.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

We offer a 12-week, medically supervised cardiac rehab program in a state-of-the-art facility. The program features nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists and registered dietitians. A 12-week wellness or cardiac maintenance follow-up program is also offered. Call 401 782-8020, ext. 3484, to learn more.

Childbirth Education

Our Childbirth Education Program offers classes and support for expectant mothers and their partners. Our goal is to support new and growing families by providing a nurturing, empowering environment to encourage informed, confident parenting. For information, call 401-792-BABY (2229) or 401-788-1225 or schedule a visit to our Center for Women & Newborn Care Unit.

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

Nutrition Counseling

South County Hospital's outpatient Nutrition Counseling Services are available to help with a variety of diet and nutrition issues, including diabetes and gestational diabetes, reactive hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hyperlipidemia, weight management, celiac disease, Crohn's Disease, and others. A registered dietitian provides counseling. Call 401-782-8020, ext. 3366, to learn more.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Our 12-week, medically supervised pulmonary rehab program brings together nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians and respiratory therapists in a state-of-the-art facility. For more information, call 401-782-8020, ext. 3484.


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.


Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) causes blockages in the arteries of your legs that reduce blood flow to your limbs and can cause leg pain and cramping when walking. South County Hospital now offers a physician-referred, exercise-based rehabilitation program covered by most insurances. Our program meets three times per week and includes monitored, medically supervised exercise training and education to reduce risk factors. Information includes:

  • optimizing body weight
  • nutrition counseling
  • managing cholesterol
  • controlling blood pressures
  • improving blood sugars
  • reducing stress
  • quitting smoking, if you smoke

For more information, call 401-782-8020 ext. 3484.

Pregnancy Loss Support Group

South County Hospital's Pregnancy Loss Support Group is for those who have experienced miscarriage, fetal demise or stillbirth. Meetings are held monthly at the Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Conference Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Partners, friends and family members are welcome. Call Joanne LaBelle at 401-783-3624, for meeting times and schedule. 

Smoking Cessation/Quit Smoking

South County Hospital's 8-week smoking cessation program, Fit to Quit, incorporates education and exercise. It meets at the Hospital's Wellness & Fitness Center. Registration is required and there is a fee for the program. A follow-up maintenance program is also available for an additional monthly fee. For more information, call 401-782-8020 ext. 3484.