Important information on health clinics offered locally

Quest Fitness offers Runners Clinic

Quest Fitness will be offering a runners clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics will include: performance, enhancement, injuries, treatment and rehabilitation. Presenters will include Matt Carter, of Quest Fitness; Dr. John Spieker, of Southern DE Orthopaedic; Rehoboth Beach Running Company; and Robert Cairo, P.T., ART., of Tidewater Physical Therapy. Seating is limited, to reserve a seat call Quest Fitness at 644-7020. Quest Fitness is located at 17252 N. Villiage Main Blvd., Suite 14, in Lewes. This clinic is free.

Look Good…Feel Better

Look Good...Feel Better is a program designed to help women overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, will hold two session in Kent County in February.

Monday, Feb. 9th at the Wellness Community, 812 S. Bradford Street, Dover.

Monday, Feb. 16 at Bayhealth Cancer Center at Milford Memorial Hospital, 21 W. Clarke Avenue, Milford.

Classes are taught by professional cosmetologists and are open to all women undergoing cancer treatment. Look Good…Feel Better is a collaboration between by the American Cancer Society; the Personal Care Products Council Foundation; and the National Cosmetology Association. FREE, but registration is required. To register, please contact Jan Shallcross, The Wellness Community at 734-0898 or Paula Hess, Bayhealth Cancer Center at 430-5064 or the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

Support groups for victims of domestic abuse

People’s Place provides support groups for women who have experienced emotional and physical abuse from their past or present partner. Information and support is also provided. Contact us at 424-2420 for times and locations of our groups.  Childcare provided at some locations. This group is a Turning Point community service and is free of charge.

MS support groups

Here is a list of support and social groups for Delawareans with multiple sclerosis.


Sussex Shore Group Two meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sandhill Rd. For more information, call Jamie at 684-4513 or Kay at 422-9584. The next meeting is Feb. 11.

MS Couples Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Easter Seals, 22317 DuPont Blvd. The next meeting is Feb. 18. To attend, call the group facilitator, Kathy Finkle, L.P.C.M.H., at 422-8026, ext. 146.


Shore Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in St. George’s Chapel, Parish Hall. The next meeting is Feb. 4. For more information, call Kay at 422-9584 or Jamie at



Kent Lunch Bunch meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, at accessible restaurants in Dover. The next meeting is Feb. 22. To join, call Regina at 734-8749.

Please call the leaders before dropping in.

Support group for survivors of

accidents and murder

The Mental Health Association of Delaware, in conjunction with People’s Place is offering a monthly support group for people who have lost a family member, friend or co-worker to a sudden and violent death. The Survivors of Accident or Murder support group will meet 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning April 1, in Milford. The meetings are confidential, but registration is required by calling 422-8026, ext. 116. The meetings are held at People’s Place in Milford.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Bayhealth Medical Center hosts a Parkinson’s Disease support group at Kent General Hospital. The group provides information about living with Parkinson’s Disease and is an open forum for discussion. An occasional guest speaker will stop by to address topics that arise within the group. 

The support group meets the first Friday of each month in the General Foods Conference Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Feb. 6.

The support group is open to everyone with Parkinson’s disease as well as their friends and loved ones. For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7107.

Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups at Bayhealth

Bayhealth Medical Center offers the following free breastfeeding classes and support groups:

•Breastfeeding Class: meets at Milford Memorial Hospital from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the ABC Conference Room, and at Kent General Hospital the first Wednesday of every month in the General Foods Conference Room. The next meeting is Feb. 4.

•Breastfeeding Support Group: meets at Kent General Hospital from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month in the 6th Floor Women’s Services Conference Room A & B. The next meeting is Jan. 20.

Registration is required for these free classes, which are taught and facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant. To register or for more information, call 744-7233.

Cancer support group at Wellness Community

The Wellness Community-Delaware is offering an evening cancer support group for those who have been touched by cancer.  This group is open to anyone that has been touched by cancer, including the family, friends and caregivers of someone that has been diagnosed with cancer. 

This professionally facilitated group will meet at The Wellness Community – Delaware, located at 812 S. Bradford St., Dover. Topics of discussion in this group include but are not limited to, the effects of a cancer diagnosis, information on treatments and side effects as well as ways to deal with a cancer diagnosis.  Anyone interested in this evening support group is asked to call 734-0898 to register.

The Wellness Community-Delaware is part of a national non-profit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.  Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease.  At The Wellness Community-Delaware, all programs are free of charge.  More information about The Wellness Community is available on their website at

Seekers Support Group

Bayhealth hosts the Seekers Support Group for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month in Milford Memorial Hospital’s Rehab Conference Room. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 14.

For information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135.

Bayhealth offers

Better Breathing Support Group

Bayhealth offers the Better Breathing Support Group to help patients and their families cope with emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other chronic respiratory conditions.

The support group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. the second Monday of January, March, May, September and November at Kent General Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Conference Room across from the Pulmonary Rehab Department. The next meeting is in March 9.

The group is co-facilitated by a representative from Respiratory Care. For more information, call Bayhealth’s Pulmonary Rehab Department at 744-7402.

People’s Place child

mental health support group

People’s Place, in conjunction with the Mental Health Association of Delaware, offers two monthly support groups for parents of children diagnosed with mental health issues. The first group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month, beginning Feb. 19, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Administration Conference Room, in Seaford. To reserve a seat, call 654-6833 or 422-8026, ext. 116. The second group will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, beginning March 10, at the People’s Place Counseling Center in Milford. Call 422-8026, ext. 116 to reserve a seat.

The meetings are free and confidential. Pre-registration is required.

Bayhealth offers

free osteoporosis screenings

Bayhealth Medical Center offers free osteoporosis screenings (bone density measurement) to the community. 

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. Patients place their heel in a bone density scanner that checks the bone for early stages of osteoporosis. The schedule is as follows:

•From 9 to 11 a.m., the second Tuesday of each month at Kent General Hospital’s Education Department located at 208 W. Water St. in Dover. The next screening is Feb. 10.

•From 9 to 11 a.m., the third Wednesday of January, May and September at Milford Memorial Hospital Women’s Wellness Center. The next screening is in May 20.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or 877-453-7101.

Living with Cancer Support Group

The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Milford Church of the Nazarene Cha pel, across from Milford Bowling. The next meeting is Feb. 17.

For more information, call Lois at 422-9385.

Bayhealth holds Grief Support Group meetings

Bayhealth Medical Center’s Grief Support Group meets at Milford Memorial Hospital for anyone who has lost a loved one.

Milford Memorial Hospital meetings will continue to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the hospital chapel. The next meeting at Milford Memorial Hospital is Feb. 17.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend. To register, call 744-7187 or 744-7135 or 877-453-7107. There is no charge.

Bayhealth offers monthly low-cost mammograms

Bayhealth Medical Center will offer low-cost mammograms every month in Dover, Milford and Middletown.

The low-cost mammograms will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. The next screenings will be held on Feb. 18, at the following locations:

•Bayhealth Women’s Center at Kent General, 540 S. Governors Ave., Dover. 

•Bayhealth Women’s Center at Milford Memorial, 200 Kings Highway, Suite 3, Milford. 

     •Middletown Medical Center

The screenings are made possible in part by a grant from the Bayhealth Foundation to address the needs of uninsured and underinsured women in lower Delaware.

Pre-registration is required. For appointments and more information, call Breast Care Coordinator Trisha Bentley at 744-6773.

Mental health services offered

The Mental Health Association in Delaware is pleased to announce the start of a new depression support groups in southern Delaware. The group meets in Dover on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and in Milford on Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

While support groups are not intended to take the place of professional mental health services, they can serve as a beneficial complement to the services. They enable the individuals attending to discuss the effect that depression or bipolar disorder may have on their lives with other individuals who have similar experiences.

The groups are confidential and safe. Individuals interested in participating in these or any of the other support groups offered are encouraged to call the Mental Health Association in Delaware for more information and registration.

From Kent or Sussex counties, call 800-287-6423.

Breast cancer support is available

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Peer Mentor Support Program for Breast Cancer provides free one-on-one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. DBCC Peer Mentors are trained breast cancer survivors who wish to reach out to help and support others with breast cancer. If you are newly diagnosed, are currently in treatment, are experiencing a recurrence or are a long-term survivor who needs someone to talk to, our peer mentors are here to help you. They can also offer support to spouse, partners, family members and caregivers.

For more information or to request a peer mentor, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435.

Bayhealth holding

monthly HIV support group

Bayhealth has a new HIV Support Group to provide information and support to individuals with HIV and those that are supportive of individuals with the disease.  The group meets the last Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. The next meeting is on Jan. 29. Meetings are held at the Kent General Hospital Education Building located at 208 Water St. in Dover.

Whether you are living with, have a friend or loved one living with, or are a caregiver of someone with HIV, Bayhealth’s HIV Support Group is here for you.

For more information, please contact Shila Hayden, PhD, RN at 302-430-5398.

“Lunch Bunch” Lecture Series

with Dr. Judith Pierson

The “Lunch Bunch” Fall Lecture Series, sponsored by Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center, will be presented by Dr. Judith Pierson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Bereavement Counselor, and will include lectures focused on care-giving, grief and healing.

Dr. Pierson will discuss “Identifying safe vs. toxic people in your life,” on Friday, Feb. 6, and “Making peace with your past,” on Friday, March 6.

All luncheons will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford.

Admission is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Please call Vicki Costa, Associate Director of the Family Support Center, at 856-7717, ext. 1129, or 800-838-9800.

Bayhealth offers free Steps to Healthy Aging Clinics

Bayhealth Medical Center will offer the Steps to Healthy Aging Clinics as an opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with a registered nurse from Bayhealth’s Education Department to confidentially monitor your blood pressure, pulse and weight, and to discuss any health topic of concern to you. 

Clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday in Room 206 on the second floor of the Grier Building adjacent to Milford Memorial Hospital.

Clinics will also be held every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in Dr. John Mannion’s office, Suite 101 A on the first floor of the Medical Office Building at 540 S. Governors Ave.

For more information, call Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or at 877-453-7107.

Recovery support meeting

God’s Way to Recovery sponsors a support meeting at 7 p.m., every Monday and Thursday at 1 Maple Ave., Milford. The Christian-based meeting provides positive support to anyone who has life controlling problems.

For more information, call 422-3033.

Total joint replacement class

Bayhealth’s total joint replacement classes at Kent General and Milford Memorial hospitals familiarize patients scheduled for a total joint replacement with the expected plan of care.  The class includes a tour of the nursing unit and inpatient therapy department. 

Classes meet from 9 to 11 a.m. on select Tuesdays each month at Kent General Hospital. To register, call Terry Towne at Bayhealth’s Education Department at 744-7135 or at 877-453-7107.

Classes also meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays in the Total Joint Center’s Community Room on the second floor of Milford Memorial Hospital.  To register, call the Total Joint Center at 430-5600.

The Wellness Community offers Monday Morning Yoga Class

The Wellness Community-Delaware is now offering a weekly Monday morning Yoga class open to anyone who has been touched by cancer. Caregivers and family members are welcome. This program, facilitated by Marianne Wolskee, a certified yoga instructor, will teach us the yoga philosophy as well as lead us in some light exercises and yoga techniques that have been shown to boost the immune system and help manage stress. Practicing yoga and doing some light stretching and exercising can help you get past negative thoughts and introduce thought processes that help you heal. Doing this regularly, for as little as 15 minutes a few times a week can help you feel better. Mats and supplies are provided and there is no experience necessary. 

Anyone interested in this program should call Jan Shallcross at 734-0898 to register. The Wellness Community – Delaware is located at 812 S. Bradford St., Dover.

Hearing Loss Association of Delaware Support Group

More than 31 million people in the United States are dealing with hearing loss today. Bayhealth Medical Center is holding the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware Support Group for individuals with hearing loss and their family members.

The support group is held the first Tuesday of every month (except June through August) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting is located at Kent General Hospital in the 6th Floor Women’s Center Conference Room.

The Hearing Loss Association is a national organization dedicated to helping anyone with hearing loss, and their families by providing information, education, support and advocacy. For more information, call Betty Martin at 674-3272 or Rosemary Cooper at 678-4804.

Southern Delaware Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Southern Delaware Prostate Cancer Support Group is for any individual who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, at any the stage of treatment or recovery. Spouses, friends and other family members are welcome to attend. The members are provided an opportunity to share their experiences with others who are facing similar challenges.

The group meets in two location sites; Milford Memorial Hospital’s Conference Room A and Kent General Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Conference Room. Meetings are held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The group meets at Kent General Hospital on odd-numbered months and at Milford Memorial Hospital on even-numbered months. The next meeting, at Milford Memorial Hospital, is in Feb. 17.