Patient support groups
Aphasia Communication Group
A therapeutic group that meets to practice communication skills in a supportive environment. $10 per session or $70 for 8 sessions. Meets Fridays from noon – 2 p.m. in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y Street, Sacramento. For more information or to request screening for this group, please contact Amy Bord at 916-703-0328 or Christine Davis at 916-734-3437. Please call ahead to confirm that space is available.
A support group for burn patients and their families or friends. Meets first Thursday of each month, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Director’s Conference Room, main hospital building. For more information, call 916-734-3636 or e-mail Debbie Jones, R.N.
Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Support Group
For patients, families, therapists and physicians. Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., Alpine Conference Room, 7th floor, Sutter Memorial Hospital.
Coping with Cystic Fibrosis
For patients and their families and friends. For more information about the meetings, call Kim Franz 916-734-3189.
A monthly support group for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Monthly topics and guest speakers will help you learn more about COPD, explore ways to manage COPD, meet others living with COPD and get answers to your questions about COPD. Free close and convenient parking is available. Family members are welcome. Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the UC Davis Medical Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd., in the Directors Conference Room (across from Black Rhino coffee shop). For information, call 916-734-7113 and leave a voice message or call pager 916-816-COPD (2673) and enter your phone number after the beep.
Lung Cancer Chat Room
An interactive meeting of learning and support for patients, families, friends and caregivers affected by lung cancer. This program is sponsored by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – noon. at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2279 45th St. at X St., Room 1103, Sacramento. For more information, call Jena Cooreman at 916-734-5198.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
For patients and families. Meets the third Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. For more information and meeting locations, call Beverly Nicholson, R.N., C.N.S., at 916-537-5237.
Sacramento Amputee Support Group
If you or someone you care for has undergone limb loss, we hope you'll join us for this informal, informative, positive meeting. Every 4th Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y Street, Sacramento in the cafeteria. If this day falls on a holiday weekend, the meeting will be held one week earlier on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Call Kimberly Olson 707-738-7560 or Sheila Neroda 916-734-7374 for more information. Free. No reservations needed.
Sacramento Area Brain Tumor Support Group
Offers emotional support and educational programs to brain tumor patients, their families and friends. Meets first Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y St., Room 3015, Sacramento. For more information, call Karen A. Smith, R.N., at 916-734-5613 or 916-734-3658.
Sacramento Renal Transplant Program Support Group
Provides information and support to renal patients, their families and friends, and interested professionals. This group focuses on the social, emotional, physical and medical issues that surround transplantation. For more information, call 800-821-9912 or Cathy Burke, L.C.S.W., at 916-734-5094.
Smoke-free Support Group
Once-a-month, no-cost, drop-in group for those who have quit tobacco and desire ongoing support. Directed discussion about various topics as presented by participants. Facilitated by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist or Health Educator. Meets on the 2nd Friday of every month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center at 4860 Y St. 3rd floor. For more information, call the Center for Chronic Disease Care Management and Education at 734-0718, Cari Shulkin RN-BC, BSN, CTTS at 734-8493, or visit www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/chronicdisease/classes/smokingcessation.html.
Special Care Parents Group
A support group for parents who have experienced a high-risk pregnancy or delivered a premature or high-risk infant, dealing with the social and emotional concerns related to having an infant in the NICU. For more information, call Special Care Parents voice mail at 916-658-8588.
Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
An ongoing support and education group for individuals with any level of spinal cord injury. Family and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meets Wednesdays from 3 – 4 p.m in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y Street, Room 3030-C, Sacramento. For more information, contact Kevin Wheeler, L.C.S.W., at 916-734-3467.
Stroke Survivors Support Group
A free support and educational group for individuals who have experienced a stroke. Caregivers and family are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meets Tuesdays from 2 - 3 p.m. in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y Street, Room 3015-A, Sacramento. For more information, contact Kevin Wheeler, L.C.S.W., at 916-734-3467.