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Support Groups


St. Bernardine Medical Center offers a number of support groups to help you and your family. Find others who share your experiences and who you can share with.

At St. Bernardine, we take pride in caring for our patients both physically and emotionally.  If you're facing a life changing illness or rehabilitation process, you do not have to feel alone.  A support group can help.  Explore options that best fit your situation.

Bereavement Support Group

The Bereavement Support Group of St. Bernardine Medical Center will help you to understand your loss and to recognize the grief you are feeling. We will be glad to offer assistance in helping you create a way to cope and thus regain control of your life.

Date: Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: St. Bernardine Medical Center's Baby & Family Center

Contact: 909.881.4525

Breast Cancer Support Group, English and Spanish

St. Bernardine Medical Center offers breast cancer support groups for those who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Family and friends are welcome to attend. 

English
The Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors meets twice each month.

On the first Tuesday of the month
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Health Education Center at Community Hospital of San Bernardino
1725 Western Avenue  

On the fourth Tuesday of the month.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Baby and Family Center at St. Bernardine Medical Center
403 E Highland Ave

Please contact is Michelle Melancon RN at 909.475.5015 for more information.

Spanish
Esperanza  para Mujeres now meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Baby and Family Center at St. Bernardine Medical Center
403 E. Highland Avenue

Please contact Lucy Gonzales Roger RN at 909.881.4590 for more information. 

Breast-feeding Support Group

Although breast-feeding is a natural process, many women struggle in the first few months to feel comfortable and confident with their decision. St. Bernardine's breast-feeding support group, "Mothers Helping Mothers," offers moms the opportunity to share their experiences, struggles and triumphs with other breast-feeding mothers in a warm and welcoming environment. Click here for more information.

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:
The Baby & Family Center
St. Bernardine Medical Center
2101 N. Waterman Avenue
San Bernardino, CA  92404

Just past the visitor's parking garage.

Contact: Renee Paramo at 909.881.4420

Interstitial Cystitis Support Group

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic condition that can be very painful and distressing, and can cause sufferers a life of discomfort and embarrassment. At present the medical profession knows relatively little about IC and no cure has been found, although there are treatments that can help reduce the severity of the symptoms. Phone support is provided to alleviate some of the isolation felt by sufferers and to help them cope better with IC.

Phone Support Only (Live) 

Contact: David Mitechell at 909.864.5233

Ostomy Support Group

This group is for anyone who has had surgical procedures for any type of ostomy.

Date: Meets the 3rd Sunday of every other month

Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Matich Conference Center, St. Bernardine Medical Center

Contact: Jere Rapp at jererapp@hotmail.com.

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

Whether you're still considering weight loss surgery or have already experienced a bariatric procedure, we invite you to join the St. Bernardine Medical Center Surgical Weight Loss Support Group.

Date: Meets once per month

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Matich Conference Center, St. Bernardine Medical Center

Please call: 909.881.4400

Additional support groups for Family Caregiver Support and Weight Management Support are offered at Community Hospital of San Bernardino. For more information on dates and times please call Faviola Garcia-Robles at 909.806.1816.