Support Groups

Support groups can be an integral part of treatment plans for patients and their families.

SoutheastHEALTH offers the following support groups:

Bariatric Support Group

SoutheastHEALTH offers a special support group for patients who have undergone or are considering bariatric weight-loss surgery. Participants have an opportunity to discuss issues, share successes and trade helpful hints in an overall supportive environment. The group meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month and is facilitated by Raina Childers, MS, RD, LD and Mary Etta Dunaway, RD, LD, CDE, registered dietitians with SoutheastHEALTH. Call 573-986-4440 for more information.

Diabetes Self-Management Support Group

Our diabetes self-management group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00 PM in the Diabetes Center. For more information or to register, call 573-339-0121.

Grief Support Groups

These groups offer a safe place where adults come together to share their grief following the death of a loved one. Trained facilitators offer educational programs and an opportunity to share and heal. The group offers participant understanding, support and hope. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM at HealthPoint Plaza in Cape Girardeau, MO. For more information, call Julie Metzger in Social Services at 573-651-5549.


Journeys is an opportunity for patients and/or their caregivers to learn about cancer. Journeys provides an opportunity for patients and/or caregivers to meet, talk and network with others who have been affected by cancer.

Mended Hearts Club

Mended Hearts is a national, non-profit service organization that provides continuing education and emotional support for heart patients and their families. It meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM. For more information, call Anita Smith, BS, RN, manager of Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services at Southeast Hospital, at 573-331-6630.

SHARE Grief Support Group

SHARE Grief Support Group is for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or ectopic pregnancy. This group meets during Grief Support Group meeting every third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape. For more information, call Pastoral Care at 573-651-5519 or Social Services at 573-651-5549.

United Ostomy Association

This group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM (except January and February) in the Harrison Room at Southeast Hospital. A volunteer organization, UOA’s goal is to reduce the practical and emotional burdens of those who have undergone ostomy surgery so they can function as fully as possible socially and physically. For more information, call Linda Wessel, BSN, RN, CWOCN, at 573-651-5844.