Health Briefs Fall 2019

December 2, 2019

Breast cancer coalition to host survivors’ social Dec. 7

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will host a survivors’ social and holiday card-making session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, 36101 Seaside Blvd., Rehoboth Beach. There is no cost to attend but donations will be accepted. To RSVP, email Connie Holdridge at or 302-212-2947, Ext. 1031.

Cancer Support Community to host lymphedema program Dec. 9

The Cancer Support Community Delaware will present Understanding Lymphedema at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Beebe Health Campus Medical Arts Building, Suite 312, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach. Cari Ossman, lymphedema specialist at Beebe Healthcare, will explore lymphedema management after cancer surgery. All programs at CSC are offered at no charge. To register, call 302-645-9150. For more information, go to

Grief support for overdose victims’ famlilies available Dec. 11

A free Grief Support Group for family members who have lost a loved one due to overdose will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Sussex County Health Coalition office, 21133 Sterling Ave., Suite 12, Georgetown. The leader will be Robin Murphy, BS, CT, bereavement counselor at Delaware Hospice.

This workshop, sponsored by Delaware Hospice and the Sussex County Health Coalition, is free and open to the community. Space is limited; RSVP early to Robin Murphy at 302-856-7717, Ext. 4208 or

Festival of Trees reception at Delaware Hospice Dec. 13

The Delaware Hospice Rose Colored Lasses will host a Festival of Trees open house and reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford. Attendees can enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres with complimentary beer and wine tickets. Admission is $25. Festival of Trees features a display of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Proceeds support Delaware Hospice patients and families. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Sound healing and meditation at HeartWish Dec. 13

HeartWish Healing Center in Rehoboth Beach will host a magical evening of crystal bowl sound healing and meditation facilitated by guest sound healer Megan Hoeffner at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. Hoeffner  is a certified sound practitioner and an ERYT 500 yoga teacher. Comfortable clothes are suggested. Blankets are available. Attendees may feel free to bring their own pillows, blankets or comfort items. Cost is $25. To reserve a space use the MindBody app, go to or call the center at 302-727-5501.

Bayhealth Sussex Campus redesignated as Baby-Friendly

Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus has been redesignated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus received its Baby-Friendly redesignation earlier this year.

The international award is given by Baby-Friendly USA Inc., as part of a global program called the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. It encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. More specifically, the award is presented to birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

“The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative also includes access to education on all methods of effective, safe feeding for infants based on individualized circumstances and choices,” said Bayhealth Lactation Services Program Coordinator Gail Smith, RN, IBCLC.

The Baby-Friendly redesignation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as demonstrated by quality processes.

For more information, go to and

Yoga fit class meets Tuesdays at Cancer Support Community 

Studies support the value of yoga during and after cancer treatment. The Cancer Support Community Delaware will offer a new yoga fit class with instructor Stacy LaMotta at 5 p.m., every Tuesday. Attendees will learn how to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in their bodies and minds, and connect their movement to their breath.

For more information or to register, call 302-645-9150. All programs offered at Cancer Support Community are free of charge to people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth.

Bayhealth Sussex now offers Healthcare Explorers youth program

Bayhealth’s Education Department in partnership with the Delmarva Council of Boy Scouts is offering a new Healthcare Explorers program at the Sussex Campus. The program, which allows students to explore healthcare careers, has been available at the Kent Campus.

The programs are open to high school students ages 14 to 20, with meetings once a month from September to May. Each meeting will cover a specific topic and consist of a briefing and a tour. Past topics include oncology, physical therapy, nursing, surgery and more. Spots are limited at both campuses.

Go to for more information, including the fee and how to apply.

Easterseals to offer Lifespan Respite grant funding 

Caregiver burnout can put one’s physical and mental health at risk. Respite allows caregivers the time to relax, clear their mind, and find some peace in their busy life. Through Easterseals respite programs, partially funded by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, caregivers could qualify for grant funding to pay for care of their loved ones while they get a break. 

New applications for Lifespan Respite funding are now being accepted. Go to to complete an online application, or call the Community Outreach Department at 302-221-2087 or 302-221-2076 to complete over the phone.  

Cancer caregiver support group meets Thursdays

Cancer does not just affect the diagnosed person; it is a disease that affects the whole family and all who support them. Cancer Support Community offers a caregiver support group at 1 p.m. each Thursdays, at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy, Suite 312, Rehoboth. Louise White, LCSW, addresses issues surrounding the important role of caregiver. She helps attendees make sense of the turmoil and learn practical ways of coping. This program coincides with the program time for the cancer support group for people currently affected by cancer. For more information and to register, call 302-645-9150 or go to All programs at Cancer Support Community are offered free of charge to people with cancer and their loved ones.

Amputee support group meets monthly

Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Vascular offer a community amputee support group from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. The group provides peer support, networking and educational opportunities for people who have experienced limb loss, their families and support people. This group is open to everyone regardless of where or when they experienced limb loss. The group meets at Beebe Vascular, 33664 Bayview Medical Drive, Unit 2, Lewes. Participants do not need to be patients of Beebe Vascular to participate in the support group. For more information or to RSVP, call 302-644-4954. 

Support group for those living with heart failure meets monthly

Beebe Healthcare offers Heart to Heart, a support group for people living with heart failure, at 10 a.m., the second Thursday of each month in the Cardiovascular Conference Room at Beebe’s main campus in downtown Lewes. The group is open to anyone who has heart failure, and their caregivers. Group founder Lynn Toth, DNP, MSN, RN, NP-C, cardiovascular medical specialist at Beebe Healthcare, said many people find support groups useful when coping with the emotional aspects of their condition. "People are comforted with the knowledge that they are not alone in their anxiety," Toth said. "Our support group is a useful source of information for anyone who has heart failure or anyone who is caring for someone with heart failure." For more information, contact Toth at 302-542-6334 or go to

Free health screenings offered at Aquacare Physical Therapy

Aquacare Physical Therapy has four Delaware locations that are offering free health screenings with a licensed physical therapist. Those who may benefit from a screening include people increasing their fitness activity or people with pain that is preventing them from doing the activities they enjoy. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call Aquacare in Lewes, 302-945-0200; Millsboro, 302-945-4250; Millville, 302-539-3110; or Seaford, 302-536-1774; or go to

Free community CPR classes offered monthly

Free community cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes for non-medical members of the community will be offered at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Beebe medical center in Lewes. The classes include facilitation by a trained volunteer and a small reference book. This is not a full-certification CPR class, and cards are not issued. CPR is carried out when a person's heart stops or fails to supply enough oxygen and blood flow to the tissues of the body.

Studies have shown that if CPR is started within a few minutes, the person has a better chance of survival without serious damage to the brain or other organs. The course teaches adult hands-only CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, automated external defibrillator use and what to do when someone is choking. The course is a combination of video lecture and hands-on practice with manikins - dummies made specifically for medical education.

"This class will teach the basics of CPR, which will allow more residents to know what to do in a situation where a person may be in cardiac arrest," said Phyllis Saunders RN, BSN, clinical educator at Beebe Healthcare. "Knowing the basics and taking action can help save a person's life while emergency responders are on their way."

The two-hour class is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 302-645-3248 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, is offering a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. Zumba Gold/Toning is on Fridays 9:05 to 10 a.m.; Yoga - Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m.; Tai Chi - Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and also Fridays, 11:05 a.m. to noon; Sit and Get Fit - Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. and also Fridays - 10:05 to 11 a.m.; Balance and Posture - Tuesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Arthritis Exercises - Wednesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Overeaters Anonymous meets four times each week

Overeaters Anonymous holds local meetings in the Cape Region four times per week. Groups meet from 1 to 2 p.m., every Monday, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes; from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach; from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays (Big Book), at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815 or go to

Bayhealth hosts Al-Anon, Alateen

Bayhealth is hosting weekly Al-Anon and Alateen support group meetings at Bayhealth Kent General. The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m., Sundays in the General Foods Conference Rooms at Bayhealth Kent General, 640 S. State St., Dover.

Al-Anon and Alateen are free and open to anybody who has a friend or family member suffering from alcoholism. The group provides fellowship and support, and helps members learn from other members who share similar experiences. Al-Anon and Alateen also provide insight on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to ending alcohol and substance abuse. Alateen focuses on young people ages 13 to 19 who are impacted by a family member's abuse of alcohol. For more information call 866-460-4070 or go to

Chronic pain support group meets second Tuesdays in Lewes

Pain Linx focuses on awareness, education, sharing and support for people with chronic pain. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Rita Williams, MA, CHES, health coach with Beebe Healthcare, will lead the sessions. Call 302-645-3528 for more information.

Grieving the loss of spouse or life partner support group meets second Wednesdays

Delaware Hospice will host a support group for those grieving the loss of a spouse or life partner from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month in Georgetown. This support group offers an opportunity to share and learn helpful ways to cope with grief. Attendees can speak to others who share their sense of loss for an opportunity to find a new source of kinship and support. Education is provided on various topics including coping methods. No registration is required. For more information, call 302-856-7717.

Free rapid HIV tests set in Rehoboth every second and fourth Thursday

CAMP Rehoboth is teaming with the Burton Village Community Center in Rehoboth Beach to offer free rapid HIV testing. The test only takes 15 minutes to get results. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second Thursday and from 1 to 3 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is needed. The Burton Village Community Center is at 37511 Burton Village in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620.

Next Step bereavement support group meets every first Monday

The Cancer Support Community and Delaware Hospice offer a monthly bereavement group to focus on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets in the Sussex facility of the Cancer Support Community in Rehoboth at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. Facilitator is Meredith English, Delaware Hospice bereavement coordinator. To reserve a space and for more information call 302-645-9150 or go to All programs at the Cancer Support Community are offered at no charge to the participants.