Find the resources or support you need. For many people, support groups offer a way to find emotional strength in difficult times. Hancock Health hosts a number of these groups, and as they become available, we’ll post information here, including contact information and meeting times. You’ll also find great learning opportunities here!

Addictions

SMART Recovery® is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a worldwide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. The group meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. –10:30 a.m. and/or every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Classroom 4, on the lower level of the hospital, 801 North State Street, Greenfield. Contact Linda at (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org for more information.

 

SMART Recovery Family and Friends® helps those who are affected by substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one. The program is a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. The group meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m in Classroom 1, lower level of the hospital, 801 North State Street, Greenfield. Contact Linda at (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org for more information.

Alzheimers           

For loved ones and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. The group meets the 2nd  Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm in lower level Classroom 2. For more information contact lgarrity@hancockregional.org or 317-468-4383.

Bariatric

For individuals who have an interest in bariatric surgery and want to learn more from those that have already had surgery. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There is no charge and registration is not required. Support group meetings are considered part of the treatment following bariatric surgery, so attendance is encouraged. Meetings are held in Classroom 4 at the hospital, located on the lower level. For more information, call (317) 325-BARI (2274).

Better Breathers

For persons with COPD and other chronic respiratory disorders. Group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the hospital, on the lower level Classroom 1. Call (317) 910-4426 for more information.

Better Choices, Better Health

Feel better, find practical ways to make daily tasks easier, and have more energy for the activities you enjoy.  “Better Choices, Better Health,” a six-week, self-management course empowers people to live well while dealing with chronic health conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and more. The interactive wellness workshop, developed by Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is open to anyone interested in developing new tools and skills to break the “symptom cycle” and find relief from pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Caregivers and relatives are also welcome and will learn tools for better health while helping their loved ones.  All workshops are co-facilitated by two Stanford trained Lay Leaders who often manage their own chronic conditions.

This course is offered:

  • Jan 15-Feb 19, Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00 pm at Hancock Regional Hospital

Cost is $10 for the entire 6 week session and if you complete at least 4 out of the 6 sessions, your money is refunded. A workbook and light meal is included. Call (317) 468-4383 or email lgarrity@hancockregional.org for information or to register.

Bump Club

Meet other expectant moms that are traveling on the journey to one of life’s most memorable days. This is a social group with some great information and resources to help with your big event. Come join us for refreshments and receive a FREE Evenflo infant carrier and maternity photo from Shawna Maria Photography! Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m in lower level Classroom 4 at Hancock Regional Hospital. No registration required. Questions? Contact Lisa at 317-477-6526 or lbuksar@hancockregional.org

Breastfeeding

Pregnant and nursing mothers meet other breastfeeding moms in a fun and informal environment! No appointment necessary, just drop in if you are pregnant or nursing. Certified lactation consultants are present to offer support and guidance. Scales are available to monitor your baby’s weight gain. Group intended only for moms and nursing babies or children. The group meets every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. except holidays. The meetings are held in the lower level Classroom 4.  Call the Breastfeeding Support Line at (317) 468-4397 or email kleary@hancockregional.org for more information.

Cancer

Our cancer support group is open to any adult cancer patient who is in treatment or has completed treatment. We offer a supportive environment to share coping skills, ideas, and tips that help you on your journey. There is no cost to attend. Register by calling (317) 325-2643. Group meets every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. except on holidays.

Car Seat Program

Hancock Health offers FREE child restraint (car seat) assistance. Parents and caregivers can schedule appointments to have their child and/or seat evaluated by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). The CPST will:

  • Evaluate the way that the child is currently traveling
  • Check the child’s current restraint for recalls
  • Check for proper fit and installation
  • Provide education to the parent/caregiver on how to properly use and install the child restraint
  • Provide a new seat if necessary (**must meet financial guidelines, please inquire*

Did you know that 9 out of 10 child restraints used in vehicles today are either being used or installed improperly?  Hancock Health wants to encourage the proper use of child restraints to ensure that all children are riding safely. Evaluations are done by appointment only and last approximately 30 minutes per child/seat. We offer appointments at Hancock Regional Hospital and Hancock Wellness Center, McCordsville.

Spots fill quickly so don’t wait! You may also contact us for advice when purchasing seats.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org

Caregivers

Our caregiver support group is for any adult caring for a loved one. We offer a supportive environment where you can share your experience, learn from others, and focus on your self-care. There is no cost to attend. Register by calling (317) 325-2643. Group meets on first Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. and third Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. except on holidays.

Creative Imagery for Health

The facilitator leads participants through guided imagery techniques, designed to relax the body and mind and help them envision health and renewal. Open to anyone wanting to improve their health. Registration requested. Contact Katherine at kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124. Group meets the second Friday of each month from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Girl Talk

A group available to girls in grades 5th – 8th to focus on peer pressure & how to deal with it, positive body image, building each other up, period talk, and giving consent.  The girls will also be able to lead the discussion by asking questions or discussing topics that they want to know more about.  This will be a GIRLS ONLY group. No parents or boys allowed. This group would be led by nurses and a nurse practitioner.  Group meets the 3rd Monday from 6:00-7:00 p.m in lower level Classroom 2. For more information contact Ashlee at (317) 477-6518 or aburke@hancockregional.org 

Good Health

The purpose of this support group is to encourage one another in reaching your health goals through nutrition. Here you can safely share your food and nutrition struggles and challenges—this is your safe zone! This group is facilitated by our Registered Dietitians. Group meets on the 4th Wednesday each month from 11:00-12:00 at Hancock Wellness Center-McCordsville

Grief

In this free drop-in group, we welcome everyone who is experiencing grief as a result of losing a loved one. Come be with others who are traveling the same road. The group is designed as a drop-in group so that participants can be free to come whenever they need support—no commitment required. Questions? Call Chaplain Katherine at (317) 468-4124 or email kmurray@hancockregional.org. Group meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Classroom 2, lower level.

Joint Replacement Seminars

Free class will discuss when a hip or knee replacement is needed, the advantages of the surgical procedure, how it is performed, and the recovery process.  Jan 9, April 9, July 9, Oct 8  Please call for more information or to register at (317) 468-4199.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple technique that enables us to use our awareness to calm down, focus our thoughts, and create a more peaceful, loving state. Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact on health, general well-being, and peace of mind. We invite you to learn how to bring mindfulness into your daily life. This group is led by Chaplain Katherine Murray. Contact Katherine for information or to register at kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124. Group meets from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month

Multiple Sclerosis

For individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis, as well as spouses, caregivers, and family members. This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the hospital, on the lower level, Keen classroom. Contact eclectic53@sbcglobal.net or 317-657-0628 for more information.

Nurse Honor Guard

Hancock Health is proud to offer a memorial service for an RN or LPN upon their passing. This is a touching, traditional ceremony with nurses wearing all white and caps. A Nightingale nurse’s lamp is presented to the family. Please notify the funeral home or call 317-468-4383.

Parkinson’s

For those who have or are affected by Parkinson’s Disease. This is a self-help group run by and for people who live with the challenge of this chronic condition. It is a place to be yourself, to receive and share information, to offer mutual support and add a circle of friends. The group meets in Classroom 4 on the lower level of the hospital, on the second Monday of each month from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information contact Kit at Hancock County Senior Services at (317) 462-3758 or kitp57@hcssi.org.

Positive Parenting For Infants & Toddlers

The class is FREE to anyone that who would like to learn more about the birth to 2 year age group and techniques to cope in positive ways with what can be the more “stressful” times of parenting. Expectant parents welcome!  Qualified participants receive a video baby monitor from sponsor Hancock4KIDS. Participants must register for this limited-space class before attending by calling (317) 468-8525. Upcoming dates:Jan 25, April 25, July 25, Oct 24

Safe Sleep Classes

Safe Sleep Classes, in partnership with Children’s Bureau, will occur on the 1st Thursday of Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec at 5:30 p.m.at Hancock Regional Hospital.  Eligible class participants will receive a play yard and education materials regarding important safe sleep practices. The class is FREE to expectant parents or parents/caregivers of children under age 1.  Participants must register by calling (765) 643-8022 or email mfuller@childrensbureau.org

Senior Social Wednesdays

This no-cost and informal gathering is held every Wednesday and is open to anyone—no membership required! Fun activities, such as speakers on a variety of topics, gentle exercise for mind and body, nutrition information, and senior trivia are planned for the first part of the hour, with the remaining time for casual conversation and light refreshments. For more information, contact Linda at (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org. Group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Hancock Wellness Center, 8505 North Clearview Drive, McCordsville.  On 5th Wednesdays, join us for “Brunch and Bingo.”

 

Speaker’s Bureau

Need a speaker for your group? Hancock Health offers several experienced speakers that are available to the community for speaking engagements on a variety of topics, free of charge. Please call (317) 468-4383 or email lgarrity@hancockregional.org for more information or to schedule a speaker

Surgical Weight Loss Seminars

Come to Hancock Regional Hospital to learn more about our Bariatric Surgery program and get the information you need for a new, healthier beginning. This is a free class.  6p-8p on the following dates:   Feb 13  Call 1-877-831-1582 or register online at mybrandnewlife.org/seminar. Walk-ins welcome.

Tours

Tours of the maternity/OB area are available on the first Saturday of each month. Please meet in the Information desk area at l:00 p.m. and someone will take you on a guided tour and answer questions. No registration is needed. Tours normally last about 30 minutes.

Walk With a Doc™

Take a step toward better health! Make walking a part of your daily routine and join Walk With A Doc™. This event is held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from April to October from 5:30-6:30 pm, meeting at the open shelter at Riley Park. In the winter months, it is held indoors at Hancock Wellness Center, 888 West New Road, Greenfield. Each session will have an American Health Network professional to provide support and answer questions. Everyone walks together for a healthy, educational and interactive evening! All levels of fitness can attend and are open to the public at no charge. For more information contact (317) 462-5252

Yoga for Grief Relief

This series of classes provides gentle, stretching yoga moves designed to help us release tightness stored in our bodies as we grieve. The result can be more flexibility, less achiness, better sleep, and more. Yoga moves based on the book, “Yoga for Grief Relief,” by Antonio Sausys, MA, CMT, RYT. No prior yoga experience is necessary—open to all ability levels. Contact kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124 for more information.