& Support Groups
& Support Groups
Community Education & Support Groups
Your health is important to us at Wise Regional Health System. The mission of the Education Department is to improve the overall well-being and safety to our community members by promoting knowledge and developing attitudes for healthy living.
Certified instructors use real life situations to guide you through life-saving techniques.
We offer many different basic CPR classes. Find one that fits your needs or let us know if you have specific requirements for your group, and we can tailor a class for you, such as teachers, coaches, lifeguards, day care providers, industrial workers, etc.
All CPR classes follow American Heart Association and National Safety Council Standards
Standard CPR classes include:
A 3-hour class using hands-on mannequin training. You’ll learn the basics of CPR in rescue breathing and how to recognize and assist someone who is having a heart attack, stroke or is choking.
Infant and Child CPR
A 3-hour class focused on providing rescue breathing aid to infants and children using smaller, child-sized mannequins. We’ll also cover the most common causes of pediatric injuries and how to prevent them.
Training on how to recognize and treat a wide variety of emergencies, including: bleeding, seizures, shock, burns, head and spine injuries, joint and muscle injuries, fainting, poisoning, cold and heat related emergencies. You’ll also learn scene safety and control. It is recommended that you take Adult and/or Infant/Child CPR prior to this course.
Refresher CPR/First Aid
Abbreviated versions of the basic CPR and First Aid classes aimed at reviewing your lifesaving skills. This class is open only to those with current CPR or First Aid cards.
Having an advance directive prepared prior to any injury illness or will help communicate your wishes regarding medical treatment to physicians and family. These directives describe the kind of care you do or do not wish to have if you have an injury or illness you are not likely to recover from.
The Social Services Department at Wise Regional is available to educate you or your group on all aspects of planning and preparing your advanced directive.
You want to be in the best shape you can for welcoming a new baby. This two-hour class will teach you the basics of nutrition, exercise, prenatal care, pregnancy discomforts, fetal development and much more. Recommended during your first trimester.
What is childbirth going to be like? This 2 ½ hour 4-session class will cover more in-depth childbirth topics, including: anatomy and physiology, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, medication options, c-section vs. vaginal delivery, post partum recovery. We’ll also take you on a tour of the Labor and Delivery unit, Nursery and the Mother-Baby unit. Sign up to take this class in your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.
If you’ve chosen to breastfeed your new baby, you may have some questions: How do I hold my baby while breastfeeding? How do I know if I have enough milk for my baby? When can I return to work? We’ll cover these topics and more in this single session, 3 hour class. Recommended to take during your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.
“Been there, Done That” For parents welcoming baby number two, three, four or more! A single session, 3 hour class to help you brush up on things you might have forgotten since your last delivery. Offered quarterly.
For children 3 and older who are expecting a new baby brother or sister. This class will help prepare them for the new arrival. We’ll teach them about how to be a great big brother or sister, what to expect, how newborns act and how they can help mom and dad. Suggested 1-2 months prior to delivery.
According to the American Cancer Society, you can add from 1 to 8 ½ years to your life just by quitting smoking!
We want you to be a healthy, productive member of our community. Wise Regional is committed to helping to you kick the habit.
During this week program we’ll using simple, proven methods to help you overcome your physical and physiologic dependence on nicotine.
If you are one of these people, you know the simplest of daily tasks can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to.
The Diabetes Education program at Wise Regional offers education and support to help you control your diabetes.
We cover information related to your care on nutrition, exercise, stress management and foot care.
This class if for anyone living with Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes and their families.
Weight Loss Surgery Support
We know weight loss surgery patients face a variety of physical and emotional challenges. While family and friends can be a great support system, often times patients find the most support from others who’ve been where they are.
If you’ve had weight loss surgery or are considering it, come meet with others who’ve gone through the process already. Our open forum allows patients to share their experiences – good and bad – with each other as well as receive guidance from our team of weigh loss treatment professionals.
Held the second Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Bariatric Solution office.
Learn more about Bariatric Seminars
Dialysis Support Group
This group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Breast Cancer Support Group
The Breast Cancer Support group at Wise Regional is an informal group of breast cancer patients that provide support to each other through the tough road to recovery. Covering topics from finances to physical issues, you’re sure to find someone to share your experience with.
I Can Cope-Cancer Support Group
Almost all of us have been affected by cancer in our lives in one way or another. Learning how others manage the special problems that cancer brings might help you find your own ways of coping with the problems that come along for you.
The more you know about cancer and treatment, the better prepared you will be to handle the challenges you’ll face.
Caregivers Support Group
Helping others can be very rewarding. It can also be very overwhelming. From feelings of anger and frustration to sadness and loneliness, caregivers may not feel they have an outlet for their emotions.
The Caregivers Support group at Wise Regional provides that outlet. Whether it’s sharing your feelings with others or getting tips on providing care, this group is here for you.
One of them most important things you can do as a caregiver is take care of yourself.
*All classes are held in the Education Room on the 2nd floor unless other wise noted.
Video Health Library
Wise Regional Health System has created a video library with access for the public. Many health and wellness topics are available. The library is located on the West Campus. For more information, please contact the Education Department at 940-626-1368.
Giving blood saves the lives of patients right here in our Wise County community as well as providing a significant blood product supply to our servicemen overseas and assisting in national disasters.
Quarterly, Wise Regional Health System, in connection with Carter BloodCare, provides a community service by coordinating blood drives in Decatur. For further details, dates and blood donor guidelines, please contact the Laboratory at 940-626-1245.
Wise Regional Health Fair
Annually, Wise Regional Health System hosts a community health fair. Many topics that concern today’s families are presented by Wise Regional employees and physicians including stroke prevention, heart disease and healthy heart living, men’s and women’s health issues, childhood health and safety, and many more. Free cholesterol screening is provided. Several vendors from the area display their products and services to Wise County citizens. For more specific information and dates, contact the Education Department.
Learn more about Health Fairs
Blood Pressure Clinics
Wise Regional Health System has a team of nurses that meet quarterly to take blood pressures for the community and teach about hypertension. For further information, contact the Education Department.
General Health, Wellness and Support
- Web MD www.webmd.com
- Today’s Seniors www.todaysseniors.com
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
- Texas Medicaid www.hhsc.state.tx.us
- Medicare www.medicare.com
- Organ Donation www.lifegift.org
- National Institute of Health www.nih.gov
- March of Dimes www.marchofdimes.com
- American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org/parents
- American Heart Association Cookbook www.deliciousdecisions.org
- Child Nutrition http://www.dole5aday.com