Patient Support Groups: Providing Service to Our Community

After experiencing a life-changing event, whether medical or psychological, the pathway toward healing is not always easy. At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, we provide comprehensive support groups that focus on assisting patients with life's changes and adjustments. Our staff is committed to treating patients with compassion, helping them to achieve their goals and providing education and support for individuals and their families.

 

Advance Planning

Advance Planning Workshop
Second Tuesday of each month 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
(conference room adjacent to Suite 130)
8501 Wilshire Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The Advance Care Planning class is held on the second Tuesday of each month and offers a general introduction to advance care planning through presentations and discussion. This class will assist in answering your questions and personalizing your forms.

This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast will be provided. Parking will be validated.

To RSVP or for more information, call 800-700-6424

Factsheet
Factsheet (Spanish)

Brain

Brain Aneurysm Educational Support Group
The Brain Aneurysm Educational Support Groups meet quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month (see flyer )

We invite you to join us for informative presentations given by our  neurosurgeons and other healthcare professionals.  Meet and help support others that are experiencing similar challenges related to their medical condition.

2014 - January 8, March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, November 12
6 to 7:30 p.m.

127 South San Vicente Blvd, Plaza Level,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Pavilion Education Center, Conf. Room 2

For more information, contact:
Georgia Rochester
Phone: 310-423-6587
Email: georgia.rochester@cshs.org

Brain Tumor Educational Support Group
The Brain Tumor Educational Support Groups meet quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month (see flyer )

We invite you to join us for informative presentations given by our  neurosurgeons and other healthcare professionals.  Meet and help support others that are experiencing similar challenges related to their medical condition.

2014 - February 12, April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8, December 10
6 to 7:30 p.m.

127 South San Vicente Blvd, Plaza Level,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Pavilion Education Center, Conf. Room 2

For more information, contact:
Georgia Rochester
Phone: 310-423-6587
Email: georgia.rochester@cshs.org

Cancer

Groups designed to address the emotional and cultural needs of cancer patients and survivors

Kidney Cancer Support Group
Second Monday/Month

For more information, contact the Samuel Oschin Cancer Institute - Supportive Care Services by phone at 310- 423-0638

Neuroendocrine Tumor Support Group
Fourth Thursday/Month

For more information, contact the Samuel Oschin Cancer Institute - Supportive Care Services by phone at 310- 423-0638

Sarcoma Support Group
Third Wednesday/Month

For more information, contact the Samuel Oschin Cancer Institute - Supportive Care Services by phone at 310- 423-0638

 

Diabetes

Diabetes Support
Usually meets the first Wednesday of the month 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Opportunities for patients and families to get together to discuss issues and topics pertaining to diabetes in informal drop-in support and education sessions with our Diabetes Educators.

For more information, location, and date of meeting, contact:
Mary Jane Vos, RN, BSN, CDE
Phone: 310-423-5098
or
Joyce Spalding, RN, MSN, CDE
Phone: 310-423-0592

Please call to confirm date, time and location.

Pre-Diabetes Classes
Second Wednesday of the month
from 3–5 p.m.
Third Wednesday of the month
from 9–11 a.m.
8501 Wilshire Blvd.
(conference room adjacent to Suite 130)
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Classes focus on nutritional and health information for diabetes prevention. Taught by a Registered Dietician and a Certified Diabetes Educator/Clinical Pharmacist. Free take-home resources provided.

To RSVP or for more information, call 310-385-3385.

This event is free and open to the public.

Early Childhood

Groups that provide support and education for families of newborn babies

Breastfeeding Support Group
Wednesdays - 1:30 p.m.
For new mothers and moms that cannot breastfeed.

For more information and meeting location, contact: Marilee Harthing, RN, MST
Phone: 323-655-5580;
Email info@ecdevelopment.org

First Weeks for New Moms and Babies
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Call for times.

For more information and meeting location, contact: Marilee Harthing, RN, MST
Phone: 323-655-5580
Email info@ecdevelopment.org

Good Beginnings
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Educational meetings for parents with premature babies

For more information and meeting location, contact: Linda Rosenberg
Phone: 310-423-6389

NICU Graduates Support Group
Wednesdays - Call for time

For more information and meeting location, contact: Marilee Harthing, RN, MST
Phone: 323-655-5580;
Email info@ecdevelopment.org

Parent and Toddler Support Group
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Call for times

For more information and meeting location, contact: Marilee Harthing, RN, MST
Phone: 323-655-5580;
Email info@ecdevelopment.org

 

Help and Addiction

Self-help groups that provide ongoing support to individuals coping with addiction issues of their own or in their families

A.A. - Alcoholics Anonymous
Westside Lawyers Group
Wednesdays
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

A.A. - Alcoholics Anonymous
Sundowners
Sundays
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

A.A. - Alcoholics Anonymous
Saturdays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

Al-Anon
Thursdays, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

Spanish Al-Anon  
Wednesdays, 8 to 9:30 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

CMA Relapse (Crystal Meth Anonymous Relapse)
Tuesdays, 8 to 10 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

CODA (Co-Dependent Anonymous)
Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

For more info and meeting locations contact: Ellie Haiem
Phone: 310-248-6958
Email: elham.haiem@cshs.org

 

Social Support and Educational Group

Illness Social Support and Educational Group 
Last Wednesday of the month 3:30–4:30 p.m.
8501 Wilshire Blvd. (conference room adjacent to Suite 130) Suite 130
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Going through an illness can be a stressful time for everyone involved – for the patient, of course, but also for the caregivers and family members. Cedars-Sinai Medical Network offers a monthly topic-specific discussion, open at no cost to all Cedars-Sinai patients, caregivers and family members, as well as to others in the community.

The group offers an interactive environment for all to share their experiences and learn more about a variety of topics. The group meetings feature guest speakers and information on topics such as caregiver support, stress management, coping with chronic illnesses, mental health concerns, community resources, and many more relevant and helpful topics.

To RSVP or for more information, call 800-700-6424.

Stroke

"Yes I Can" Stroke Support Group
Second Tuesday of the month
2 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information & meeting location, contact: Linda Schaefer, CTRS/RTC
Phone: 310-423-6358

Be sure to always call to confirm attendance and location.

"One Stroke Ahead" Stroke Support Group (Ages 18 to 55)
Second Tuesday of each month
6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information and meeting location, contact: Linda Schaefer, CTRS/RTC
Phone: 310-423-6358

Be sure to always call to confirm attendance and location.

Transplant

Heart Transplant Support Group
Monthly support group for pre and post Heart Transplant patients, families and caregivers.
Fourth Tuesday of every month
11:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.
North Tower, 6th Floor (6NW), Rm 6159

For more information, please contact:
Ellen Anifantis, LCSW 310,-423-6378,
Lucy Kim, LCSW, 310-423-3353,
Sara Morrison, LCSW, 310-423-8703

Mechanical Circulatory Device Support Group
Monthly support group for pre and post MCS/VAD patients, families and caregivers.
Second Tuesday of every month
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
North Tower, 6th Floor (6NW), Rm 6159

For more information, please contact:
Ellen Anifantis, LCSW, 310,-423-6378,
Lucy Kim, LCSW, 310-423-3353,
Sara Morrison, LCSW, 310-423-8703

Weekly Multi-Organ Transplant Support Group
Weekly support group for pre and post Liver, Heart, Kidney, or Lung Transplant patients, families and caregivers.
Every Tuesday
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
North Tower, 6th Floor (6NW), Rm 6159

For more information, please contact:
John Pappas, LCSW, 310-423-6850

 

Weight Loss

Prepping for Change - Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
For those contemplating surgery
Weekly (program repeats every 8 weeks)
Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
8635 W. Third Street, MOT, 665-W
Teaching Conference Room

Contact: Center for Weight Loss
Phone: 310-423-8350

Click here to view the Pre-Op Support Group Flyer

On the Right Track - Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
For those who underwent surgery
Second Tuesday of the Month
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
8635 W. Third Street, - MOT, 665-W
Teaching Conference Room

Contact: Center for Weight Loss
Phone: 310-423-8350

Click here to view the Post-Op Support Group Flyer