Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) mission is to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve. We are pleased to offer the following health education programs during the month of November:
Total Joint Replacement Education Class
Designed for those considering total joint replacement. Participants will learn what to expect before, during and after their procedure and stay in the hospital. Open to anyone interested.
First Thursday (December 5), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (December 19), 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, 1st floor, Classroom 1
Free - To pre-register (not required), please call 283-1126.
Weight Loss Surgery Information Session
Is weight loss surgery the right decision for you? Have you tried the other weight loss methods and nothing seems to work? If you're considering weight loss surgery, then this introductory class is for you. Information will be presented about nutrition, resources, and other topics to help with the lifestyle and emotional adjustments you face.
Second Wednesday of each month (December 11), 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free - Registration is required, please call 284-2630.
Third Thursday of each month, (December 19), 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Sanford Medical Center, 25 June Street, Sanford
Free - Registration is required, please call 284-2630.
Smoking Cessation Sessions
There’s never been a better time to quit.
Southern Maine Health Care offers a smoking cessation program involving one-on-one sessions designed to offer the tobacco user all the information and tools required to become tobacco free. The Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist will offer insights into smoking habits, stress and the relationship it has to smoking, as well as nicotine replacement options available. Ongoing support is also valuable in guiding the tobacco user to become tobacco free.
Location: SMHC Pulmonology, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford
Free - Please call 283-6408 to schedule an appointment.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Open to anyone that has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia. The group helps participants understand the process of the disease and allows for sharing and questions.
Third Wednesday of each month (December 18), 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Pavilion Conference Room, 35 July Street, Sanford
Free - For More information, please call 490-7600 and ask for Kathy Wadden or Jeri Bogan.
Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Second and fourth Thursday (December 12 - No meeting on 12/26) of each month, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, Webber Building, 2nd floor Conference Room
Free - For more information, please contact Helene Langley at 283-7805.
Breast Feeding Support Group with Janice Lessard
Empowering you through mother to mother support.
This free support group is a great opportunity to meet other new breastfeeding mothers in your community, share experiences, and receive postpartum and newborn care information and support. A lactation consultant is on hand to answer your questions, provide guidance, and perform infant weight checks.
This group is held every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Webber Building Conference Room on the second floor. (Please note: No meeting on December 26)
Free, no registration required. Please call 207-283-7335 with any questions.
Cancer Support Group - Saco
We welcome those affected by cancer and their family/friends. Support, information, and networking will be provided by skilled facilitators.
Third Monday of each month (December 16), 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: SMHC Walk-In Care, 655 Main Street (entrance on Ross Road), Saco - 2nd floor Conference Room
Free - Registration required. Please call 283-7327.
Cancer Survivor Support Group - Sanford
First and third Friday of each month (December 6, 20), 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: MaineHealth Cancer Care Center York County, 27 Industrial Avenue
For more information contact facilitator Jess Welch, LMSWcc at 459-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkinson's Disease Support Group
A place to share information and support for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, caregivers and those in related health fields.
Second Thursday of each month (December 12), 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Huntington Common, Ross Road, Kennebunk
Free - For more information, call Christine George at 767-9773.
About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare organization with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.” SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services and Walk-In Care centers in York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. SMHC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. To learn more, visit www.smhc.org.