SUPPORT GROUPS

Cancer Support Group
Upland Hills Health will host a once a month cancer support group facilitated by Gilda’s Club Madison. On the second Monday of every month at 6 pm, a representative from the well-known Gilda’s Club will be available at the Dodgeville hospital to provide support and information to people who are facing the challenges of cancer.
[Facilitated by Kirsten Norslein, Gildas Club Madison, 608.828.8880]

Grief Support Group
Growing Through Grief:  A Journey of Hope and Healing.  The new grief support group at Upland Hills Health will meet on Monday evenings  from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. for a six-week period between April 13 and May 18, 2015.  This educational series is open to anyone who has lost someone in their life.  Come join us as we support each other through our journey.  The group will be facilitated by Beth Rink, with a new grief-related topic at each weekly session.  The sessions will be held in the Center Cafe Conference Room.  Contact Beth Rink at 930-7210 if you have questions. 

Heart Building 101
This is a supportive group for anyone with heart problems and their families. If you need help starting or maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle, this is the group for you. NEW MEETING TIME: Meets second Wednesday of every month at 10 AM in the Cardiac Rehab department. Call 930-7160 to register.
[Facilitated by Becky Tank, Cardiac Rehabilitation]

Weight Watchers
Upland Hills Health Education Room, every Tuesday, 4 pm and again at 5:30 pm; 17-week series $186.  Pro-rated per week.
(Please attend to sign up.)

Local Community Support Groups
Upland Hills Health makes every effort to stay informed of support groups in our area.  Below is a list of known support groups.  Please feel free to call Community Relations at 930-7112 if you know of a group to add to this list.

Babies Gone Too Soon: Losing a child during pregnancy or in the first year of life is a very difficult time for parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, and family. BGTS aims to help families find hope, strength, and support. All funds raised by BGTS will help fund future outreach, memorial boxes for local hospitals, health care training, and a local support group. Contact information: Email: babiesgonetoosoon@gmail.com; Phone: (608) 341-6970; Mail: Babies Gone Too Soon, Inc., PO Box 115, Montfort, WI 53569; Connect with BGTS on facebook.

Caregiver's Group: For those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia.  Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 10:30 am to noon, Room 1001 in the Health and Human Services Building at 303 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville.  For more information, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin, Iowa County, at 930-9844.

Compassionate Friends Support Group: If you are a member (or a friend) of a family that has suffered the death of a child, The Compassionate Friends is here to help you and provide support for the family. This support group is a place where the whole family can gather with others who understand because they are walking the same path.  Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1105 N. Bequette St., Dodgeville.  For more information, call 935-5278.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND CLASSES

Blood Drives at Upland Hills Health American Red Cross Blood Drives are held at Upland Hills Health every 2 months. The drive is open for appointments or walk ins from 9 am to 2 pm. [Coordinated by Amber Black, HR]
April 23
• to check on Blood Drive dates, call 608-
930-7165

COMMUNITY LINKS PROGRAM SERIES 
[Coordinated by Marketing & Community Relations] These sessions provide education on a variety of topics based on the needs and interests of people living in the Upland Hills Health service area. The goal of the program is to improve wellness in our community. These presentations are FREE, but please call 930-7112 to register, because space is limited.

  • Wellness Wednesdays – A Weekly Chat with Katie
    Every Wednesday in February and March
    Noon – Arcadia Books In Spring Green
    Topic for March 18th: Stop a migraine in its tracks!
    Topic for March 25th: Spring Allergies: When pollen attacks!

    Join Katie for a weekly wellness chat at Arcadia Books in Spring Green. Katie Puls is a nurse practitioner at Upland Hills Health Clinic in Spring Green.  Enjoy a free cup of soup and talk to Katie about a new topic each week. There will be plenty of time for questions!  This is a great opportunity to get to know our newest provider at the clinic, and gain some valuable health information.

     
  • Baseball Throwing Clinic.  April 8,  5-6 pm
    Athletic Trainer, Brad Vamstad, will focus on baseball throwing mechanics, age-related pitch counts, proper rest after pitching, and a home exercise program to prevent injury and improve performance.  No equipment needed.  Specifically tailored for grades 3-8.  Call the Therapy & Wellness Center at 930-7147 with your questions and to reserve spot for your student. 

     
  • Social Security Presentation  April 8,  5-6 pm
    When it comes to navigating Social Security retirement benefits, the choices can be overwhelming.  Please join us for a complimentary presentatino to learn how to sort through the options to help ensure the choices you make are right for you.  Presented by Cathy Bramlett, FIC, RICP, Thrivent Financial.  RSVP to Jan Helwig at 935-9317 to reserve your spot.  Refreshments will be served.   

     
  • Time Exchange Program  April 15, Three presentation times: 11:40 am; 12:10 pm and 5-6pm
    Plan to attend one of these three sessions to get an overview of this new concept that brings people together to help each other through one-to-one time exchanges with no cash involved!  Presented by Lori Jacobson, SWCAP.  Call 930-7112 for more information.  For a complete overview of the program visit their webpage at:  http://hourforhour.me/
  • Become Dementia Aware.   May 13, 5-6 pm
    Come and learn about the basics of dementia and all the services available in Iowa County for those individuals and families affected by dementia.  Gain awareness about the Dementia Care Specialist Position and how that has impacted our community. A dementia friendly community can help increase education and awareness related to dementia and help to decrease the isolation and stigma of this illness.  Presented by Whitney Thompson of the ADRC.  Call 930-9835 for more details.
CPR, FIRST AID, AND BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) CLASSES
[Coordinated by Michelle Helin, Staff Education]
American Heart Association classes are offered at regular intervals at Upland Hills Health and are open to the public. Skills check sessions for online courses are available; call for schedule or more information. See course descriptions below for more details.
*Corporate rates available for groups of 3 or more. Space for classes is limited. Please call 930-7165 for information.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classes
    • Renewal - March 31, 2015  8 am - 12 pm
    • Renewal - May 21, 2015  6 pm - 10 pm
    • New Provider - July 14, 2015 9 am - 1 pm
  • Heartsaver® Classes* (Click to print CPR AED Registration Form)
    • CPR AED - April 9, 2015  6 pm - 9:30 pm
    • CPR AED - June 9, 2015 6 pm - 9:30 pm
    • First Aid - July 14, 2015 2 pm - 5:30 pm
    • CPR AED - July 14, 2015 6 pm - 9:30 pm
    • CPR AED - August 11, 2015  6 pm - 9:30 pm
Click to print Registration Form for July 14th classes

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Courses
    The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.
  • Family & Friends® CPR
    This AHA course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages and relief of choking. For family members, friends and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card.
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED
    This AHA course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator and relief of choking. For employees and/or designated first responders who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency and must have a credential (card) documenting successful completion of a CPR course.
  • Heartsaver® First Aid with CPR & AED
    This AHA course is designed to teach the skills of adult first aid, CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator and relief of choking. For employees and/or designated first responders who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency and must have a credential (card) documenting successful completion of a CPR course.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
    This course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator and relief of choking. For healthcare providers who must have a credential (card) documenting successful completion of a CPR course.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    This course is for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other
    cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

DIABETES SELF-EDUCATION* GROUP CLASSES
[Coordinated by Jaimee Jordan, Nutrition and Dietetics]
The Upland Hills Health Diabetes Education Program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education*. These group classes are open to anyone recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes, who has not had formal diabetes management education. Topics covered include: Blood Glucose Monitoring, Blood Glucose Pattern Management, Carbohydrate Counting, Diabetes Complications, Diabetes Medications, Diet, Exercise, Foot Care, Heart Health, Stress Management and much more…

You will also receive a personalized food plan from a registered dietitian. The classes are taught by a registered dietitian and are accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Most insurance companies will cover diabetes self-management education. Pre-registrations is required - please call 930-7197.  (flyer/2015 classes)
 

EXPECTANT PARENT PROGRAMS
[Coordinated by Obstetrics/Birthing Unit]
Our Birthing Unit offers many support programs for new and expectant parents. For more information or to register for any of the programs listed below, call 930-7139.

Breastfeeding Support: Designed to educate and support mothers who are nursing or who plan to nurse. Free.  (flyer/2015 schedule)

Breastfeeding Supplies: Rental of electric breast pumps and other breastfeeding and expression supplies are available for purchase from the Birthing Unit. Call (608) 930-7139 for details.

Childbirth Education: Covers relaxation exercises, hospital routines, changes during pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum, breastfeeding and much more. Includes infant CPR and safety. Fee is $40 per couple. (flyer/2015 schedule)

Pre-delivery Conference: An opportunity to begin your hospital admission paperwork, assess learning needs and answer questions before your arrival for a delivery. Free.

Sibling Class: A chance for big brothers and sisters to learn more about the birth of their newest family members. Classes are held as requested. Free. (flyer/2015 schedule)

 

LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS
[Coordinated by Patient & Family Services]
Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Put Life back into your life by attending the Living Well Workshop.  The Aging and Disability Resource Center and Upland Hills Health are partnering to bring to you a free 6-week workshop,  April 7 through May 12, Tuesdays, 1- 3:30 pm. You’ll find practical ways to feel better, and be in control of your health. Facilitators are Laura Isaacson and Kim Emerson. Laura is the Nutrition Team Facilitator and Kim is the Patient and Family Services Director at Upland Hills Health. This program has been developed and introduced to Iowa County by the Wisconsin Institute of Health Aging.  You can learn more about the program at   http://www.uplandhillshealth.org/proxy.php?filename=files/pdf/Living%20Well%20flyer%20April%20%202015.pdf  Space is limited.
To sign up call the ADRC of Iowa County at 930-9835.

NURSE'S FUN RUN/WALK
[Coordinated by Cardiac Rehab] To celebrate National Nurses week, Upland Hills Health will host a Community Run/Walk to honor the compassion, care and generosity nurses bring to their communities.  Join us for a great evening of exercise and fun.  There will be a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and also a kids run.  There will be goodies, door prizes and awards after the run.  Register by April 18 to receive a t-shirt.  For a registration form and complete time line, go to http://www.uplandhillshealth.org/proxy.php?filename=files/pdf/2015FunRunbrochure-REV.pdf 
Proceeds will benefit the Community Connections Free Clinic and Upland Hills Health Community Wellness programs. 

SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING TRAINING
[Coordinated by Michelle Helin, Staff Education]
Safe Sitter®, an up-to-date and well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis, teaches young teen babysitters everything they need to know to keep themselves and the children in their care safe. The nationally-recognized, pediatrician-developed program includes child care techniques, basic first aid, rescue techniques (like infant and child CPR and choking rescue), babysitting as a business, and online and cellphone safety. Students must be at least 11 years old.

Registration Information:
The cost is $45.  Scholarships are available for those with financial need (reduces cost to $20). 
Call (608) 930-7165 for more information.  Advance registration is required, drop-ins not accepted.

Click to print a Registration Packet.  Mail completed forms, with payment payable to Upland Hills Health, to:   Upland Hills Health, Attn:  Human Resources, 800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville, WI  53533.

SMOKING CESSATION
If you are ready to quit smoking, there are many resources available. The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line offers free support to those kicking the habit. Please contact the Quit Line at 1-800-QUITNOW for information and support. Other smoking cessation information is available at: 

THERAPY & WELLNESS/FITNESS CLASSES
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[Coordinated by Therapy & Wellness]