Monongahela Valley Hospital’s December Calendar of Events

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Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs this month. Many of the events will be held in the hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Dec. 2 – Breast Cancer Support Group
2 – 4 p.m., Hospital, 7-East Family Room. This support group is free and open to all breast cancer patients and their families. The group meets the first Monday of each month. For more information, call 724-258-1704.

Monday, Dec. 2 – Innovations – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
6 p.m., ECC, Daniel T. Stewart, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery, will present a free program to discuss the causes and treatments of carpal tunnel syndrome. This program is part of MVH’s Innovations in Medicine series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. To register, call 724-258-1333.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Bone Density Screening
1 – 3 p.m., Healthy Directions at the Finleyville Giant Eagle. Do you have brittle bones? Have you ever had a bone density test? This free, painless screening will indicate if you need a more extensive test and if you have osteoporosis. No appointments necessary. For more information, call 724-348-6699.

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Stroke Support Group
1 – 2:30 p.m., ECC. The Stroke Support Group is designed for patients and caregivers to share, learn and grow with people who can personally relate to the daily challenges and struggles they face dealing with strokes and their after-effects. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

Friday, Dec. 6 – Auxiliary Holiday Cookie Tray Sale
10 a.m., Hospital lobby. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a holiday cookie tray sale. Enjoy your favorite bakery-style cookies now or take a tray home to enjoy during your family holiday celebration. Free parking provided with purchase. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for MVH patients and visitors. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

Monday, Dec. 9 – Baby Care Class
6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. Parents-to-be will learn baby care basics at this instructional session. Topics include home safety, car seat safety, immunizations, breast and bottle feeding, pacifiers, bathing and additional topics. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229), ext. 9.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Better Breathers Club
2 – 3 p.m., ECC. The Better Breathers Club is free and open to all adults and their family, friends or caregivers who want to learn or share information about living well with breathing issues. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 724-258-1932 or 724-344-0287.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – RSDS Support Group
6 – 8 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724-929-9492.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 12 – Managing Your Diabetes
6 – 9 p.m., ECC. This session builds on the education received in the “Managing Your Diabetes” program. Learn more about food choices, dining out, and how your eating habits affect your blood glucose control. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information and to register, call 724-258-1483.

Friday, Dec. 13 – Barbecue by Fourth Street Barbeque
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hospital Main Lobby. Come enjoy your favorite barbecued foods provided by Fourth Street Barbeque. This event is open to the public and take out is available. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for patients and visitors at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Free parking with purchase. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

Monday, Dec. 16 – Cancer Support Group
2 p.m., Hospital 7-East Family Room. This support group is free and open to all cancer patients and their families. The group meets the third Monday of each month. For additional information, call 724-258-1704.

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17 – Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale
7 a.m. to 4 p.m., ECC. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a $5 jewelry sale with a variety of costume jewelry available for purchase. Free parking provided with any purchase. Proceeds will be used to enhance services for MVH patients and visitors. For more information, call 724-258-1167.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Advanced Carbohydrate Counting
6 – 8 p.m., ECC. This is a diabetes self-management class that focuses on counting carbohydrate intake. Topics range from how to measure the upward drive each meal has on blood sugar to information on the glycemic index. Completion of the three-day “Diabetes Self-Management Training” is required prior to attending this class. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of the class. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1483.

Monday, Dec. 30 – Breastfeeding Class
6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX. This free class is designed for mothers who plan to breastfeed to help them feel more comfortable and confident while in the hospital after delivery and when returning home. Many props are used in this class including breast pumps. Partners and grandmothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229) ext. 9.

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