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Special Events

Mercy Farm Stand
Friday, June 26th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Every Friday through September
Mercy Hospital, Southwest Lawn of Mercy, near Cancer Center
Mercy’s Community Garden is in full swing and the first Farm Stand of the season is scheduled for Friday, June 26th, from 10:00am–2:00pm, on the Southwest Lawn of Mercy, near the Cancer Center. Be sure to visit the Farm Stand and purchase some of Mercy’s delicious produce grown right here in our Community Garden and from our partners Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest and Growing Power! Farm Stands will continue every Friday through September. 


Red Dress Dash
Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 5:30pm
Daley Plaza
Join us as Mercy and the American Heart Association hosts the 3rd Annual Red Dress Dash in Chicago on Wednesday, July 29th at 5:30pm at Daley Plaza. ALL are invited to put on their best red dress and shoes (yes men too) for the Go Red for Women Red Dress Dash to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Join us for a fun, free evening with friends and coworkers and help raise awareness about heart disease and women. We will have a special contest for the best Red Dress attire! Transportation will be provided from Mercy once again, but you must RSVP ahead of time. To RSVP visit click here or call 312.567.6700.

Yoga for You

For Beginners: Every Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7pm
For All Levels: Every Tuesday, 5pm - 6:30pm
Mercy Hospital, 2nd Floor, Joyce Auditorium Foyer
Beginner and advanced classes are available.

Practice traditional Hatha Yoga methods, which can improve flexibility, muscle tone, circulation, and stamina. For more information and to register, please call Anita Cooper at 312.326.2979. Fees apply.

Breast Cancer Support Group

Upcoming dates: February 27; March 27th; April 24th; May 22nd
All sessions are at 11am
Mercy Hospital; 12th Floor Conference Room

All are welcome! This monthly support group provides participants the opportunity to share experiences as well as to receive and offer support. Limited individual sessions are also available. For more information and to register, please call 312-567-5472. Refreshments provided.

 
Look Good, Feel Better™
Next dates: Sept 13, October 11, November 8th, and December 13th.
All sessions are held 10am - 12pm in Family Health Center Conference Room, #697
FREE; space is limited. Please call 312.567.5472 to reserve your space.

The Latest Cancer Treatments Aren't Always Prescribed by Doctors! Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn't have to take away her self-confidence! Look Good...Feel Better® is a free, non-medical, program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products. Learn make-up tips, skin and nail care tips, as well as suggestions for wits, turbans, and scarves. Participants receive complimnentary makeup kits. Caregivers are welcome, but cosmetic kits are limited to patients only. For more information and to register for this event, please call 312.567.5472.


Lymphedema: Risks, Prevention and Treatment
Please call for current schedule
12th Floor Great Room

Any patient who has had lymph nodes removed or radiated in the under arm or groin regions is at risk for developing Lymphedema--chronic swelling of an arm or leg. Join Mercy experts and learn about the function of the lymphatic system, how to prevent and treat lymphedema, the warning signs of lymphedema and how to respond. Patients, caregivers, and health care practitioners are welcome!

For more information and to RSVP, please call 312.567.6724.

Sarcoma Support Group

Saturdays, 11:00am

Next dates:September 14th and December 14th
Mercy Hospital, 12th Floor Great Room

Sarcoma is a rare cancer that arises from connective tissues. About 12,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and about 5,000 people die each year from sarcoma.

Mercy’s Sarcoma Support Group offers an opportunity to connect with others affected by sarcoma, share information and experiences, as well as receive encouragement and support. Spouses, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please contact Maricel Tenorio at 312.567.2044.


Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group
Second Saturday of each month
Mercy Hospital; Room 242

Free, informational and participatory prostate cancer support group for newly diagnosed, those living with, and long-time survivors of the disease. Family members are welcome.


Voices of Mercy
Second Tuesday of Every other month, 12:00pm
February 10, April 14, June 9, August 11, October 13, December 8
Mercy Hospital, 12th Floor, Conference Room 1234

The group is open to survivors of head and neck cancer and their caregivers and families, during any stage of care, from diagnosis to recovery. The support group provides an open environment for patients to discuss their situations, share ideas and experiences with others, learn ways to improve quality of life through guest speakers and lectures. The support group is coordinated by Nina Shahin, Speech Pathologist with the support of Dr. Gruber, ENT. For more information, please contact Nina Shahin at extension 5558.

NEW! "Attack It" Adult Fitness
Every Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm;
Mercy Hospital, 2nd Floor Joyce Auditorium Foyer
$15 per class. Reduced rates available for multiple session sign-up.
Reshape your body through strengthening of the core, arms, legs using Zumba fitness, Bootcamp fitness, and Pilates. Classes are provided by Kinetic Energy Fitness and rotate through the various styles, changing every 2 - 3 weeks. This rotation will keep your body from hitting the fitness plateau and boredom that comes with attending the same classes week after week. Burn calories and tone your body while you learn how to get a great workout with almost no equipment, learning to get the same results at home! All shapes, ages, and fitness levels are welcome! Just be ready to ATTACK IT!  For more information and to register online, visit kineticenergyfitness.com

 

Zumba at Mercy
Every Wednesday, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mercy Hosptial, Penthouse
Fee: $5.00 per class.
Zumba is a Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow and calorie burning dance-fitness party.  Feel the music and let loose! Come Zumba in the Penthouse every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm.  Classes are $5.00 each, but the first class is free.  To register and/or request more information, please email Cynthia Daniel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and enter "MERCY FITNESS" in the subject line or call 773-217-9626.  You will receive a class registration confirmation along with a required waiver form to complete.   

 

Jazzercise
Every Monday & Thursday, 5:30pm
Every Saturday, 7:45am
Mercy Hospital, 12th Floor Great Room
Fee: $10 per class or, a package of 8 tickets for $38 (with an expiration date).Other ticket packages are available. Registration is not required. Payment can be made via cash or check at the first class attended. Jazzercise® classes offer a unique blend of jazz dance and exercise choreographed to today's hottest music. Each class is 60 minutes in length and easy to follow. Instructors demonstrate both challenging movements and low-impact variations. Participants should wear supportive aerobic shoes and comfortable clothing. Please bring a mat or towel and water in a covered water bottle. Weights are optional. For more information, please call Marcia Chassagneat 773.821.8450.


Yoga for You
For Beginners: Every Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7pm
For All Levels: Every Tuesday, 5pm - 6:30pm
Mercy Hospital, 2nd Floor, Joyce Auditorium Foyer

Practice traditional Hatha Yoga methods, which can improve flexibility, muscle tone, circulation, and stamina. Beginner and advanced classes are available. For more information, including fees and to register, please call Anita Cooper at 312.326.2979.

Eat Right Every Bite - Smart Swaps: Making Your Recipes Healthy"
April 14, 6pm, 2nd Floor Joyce Auditorium,  RSVP Online
Registration required. Please call 312.567.8775 to register.
Save your appetite for this free healthy cooking class featuring tips and tricks for healthy eating. Features cooking demonstrations as well as the opportunity to sample food.


Diet and Nutrition Consultation
By appointment at Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station
Fees apply. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 312.922.3011, extension 227.

Private consultations that focus on understanding the body on a biochemical level and how nutrients affect our ability to heal and repair.

Education for Life Series-Diabetes Management
Individual & Class Sessions:
Mercy Medical on Pulaski, 5525 S. Pulaski Road, Thursday, 9am - 4pm
Mercy Medical in Chatham, 8541 S. State Street, Suite 11; 2nd and 4th Fridays; 9am - 1pm
Mercy Family Health Center at Oakwood Shores, 3753 S. Cottage Grove Ave; Wednesdays, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Avenue, Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm
Individual & Group Sessions are also available on Saturdays at Mercy Hospital from 8am - 12pm
Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome. Please call 312.567.8775 to register and for more information.
Classes are designed to help people living with Diabetes adjust to the lifestyle changes necessary to manage their condition. Topics covered include self- monitoring techniques, carbohydrate counting, label reading, the latest diabetes medications, nutrition, exercise and much more! Individuals who are newly diagnosed as well as those requiring a refresh on their skills are encouraged to attend. Special note for fees: Education for Life Diabetes Classes are covered under Medicare and most insurance plans. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance plan prior to attending to assure coverage. A physician's referral and registration are required.


Freedom from Smoking
Please call 312.567.2477 for next dates and times.
Each session is from 5:30pm - 7:00pm and is held at Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Avenue, 12th Floor Conference Room;
$50 per person, materials included. For more information and to register, please call 312.567.2477.

A comprehensive, 8-session group program led by experts that use a positive behavioral change approach that teaches you how to quit smoking for good. The program is led by a Smoking Cessation Specialist and has experienced a phenomenal success rate. For man smokers, especially those who have tried to quit before, group support can make the difference in helping to stay smoke-free.  Special focus is given to: developing a personalized quitting plan, dealing with recovery symptoms, controlling weight, reducing stress through relaxation techniques (that work), being ready to fight those urges to return to smoking, and non-nicotine replacement therapies such as medication and acupuncture. Call 312.567.2477 to learn more and register.


Transformational Movement: your Ticket for Anti-Aging and Vitality
Please call 312.842.2233 for current schedule.
Mercy Hospital, Thursdays, 10:30am; Next 7-Week Session; Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

$15 fee for each class for adults under 55 years of age; Adults 56 years of age and older pay $10 per class or 7 sessions for $60 (paid in advance)
Are pain and stiffness spoiling your joy of living? Transformational Movement Lessons (TML) for Vitality and Anti-aging could be your ticket to increased energy and a renewed sense of well-being! The Anat Baniel Method (ABM) based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, accesses the nervous system through gentle, directed movement. This class is especially beneficial to those who suffer from back pain, joint pain, stiffness, movement limitations, neurological difficulties, and stress. For more information and to register, please call Virginia 312.842.2233.


Wellness Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, 10:00am-2:00pm
Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station
Keep track of your health with convenient and free blood pressure screenings. No appointment necessary.

 

Breast Cancer Support Group

Upcoming dates: February 27; March 27th; April 24th; May 22nd
All sessions are at 11am
Mercy Hospital; 12th Floor Conference Room

All are welcome! This monthly support group provides participants the opportunity to share experiences as well as to receive and offer support. Limited individual sessions are also available. For more information and to register, please call 312.567.5472 or 312.567.5473. Refreshments provided.


Diabetes Support Group
First Saturday of every month; 10am; Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Avenue. 12th Floor
Participants have the opportunity to share their experience with this life-altering disease and to offer and receive support. For more information and to register, please call 312.567.8775.


Family Support Group for Mental Illness
2nd and 4th Monday of each Month, excluding Holidays.
Mercy Hospital, Room 425
Walk-ins Welcome; more information: 312.567.5662
Mercy Hospital & NAMI Metro Suburban, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, are pleased to offer a new Family Support Group for family members, caregivers, and parents of children, adolescents, and adults living with a mental illness.  All that are caring for, or have loved ones with mental illness--any diagnosis--are invited to attend and share their feelings, difficulties, and successes in a safe, confidential environment. Groups are led by trained individuals who themselves have loved ones living with mental illness, providing a unique level of understanding and insight into the daily challenges of caring for loved ones with mental illness.  Walk-ins are welcome; registration is not required. For more information, please call John Heumann, 312.567.5662.

 

Living with Heart Failure
Every Thursday, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Mercy Hospital; 12th Floor Conference Room

Whether you were diagnosed with Heart Failure, or are a family member, caregiver, or friend to someone living with Heart Failure, you are invited to attend this FREE support group. By meeting regularly, members help one another face and overcome common challenges by sharing experiences and encouraging one another. Each week will feature educational material that is related to treatement for heart failure patients. Topics will include, but not limited to: Heart Failure Society of America Patient Education Module Series, with guest speakers from different departments relating to heart failure, or other patient education modules. For more information and to register, call Rachel Morgan, RN, BSN, Heart Failure Resource Nurse at 312-567-2482.


Look Good, Feel Better™
Next dates: September 14th, October 12th
All sessions are held 10am - 12pm in Family Health Center Conference Room
FREE; space is limited. Please call 312.567.5472 to reserve your space.

The Latest Cancer Treatments Aren't Always Prescribed by Doctors! Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn't have to take away her self-confidence! Look Good...Feel Better® is a free, non-medical, program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products. Learn make-up tips, skin and nail care tips, as well as suggestions for wits, turbans, and scarves. Participants receive complimnentary makeup kits. Caregivers are welcome, but cosmetic kits are limited to patients only. For more information and to register for this event, please call 312.567.5472.


Mercy Miracles Stroke Support Group
Second Thursday of each month, at 1pm;
2014 dates are: June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11th
Mercy Hospital; 12th Floor Great Room

Those that experience stroke can feel isolated and sad at times. By meeting regularly, members help one another face and overcome common challenges by sharing experiences and encouraging one another. This FREE support group for stroke survivors and their loved ones provides participants the opportunity to share fears, challenges, and experiences as well as receive and offer support. For more information and to register, call 312.567.2160. Refreshments will be served.


Sarcoma Support Group

Saturdays, 11:00am

Next dates:September 14th and December 14th
Mercy Hospital, 12th Floor Great Room

Sarcoma is a rare cancer that arises from connective tissues. About 12,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and about 5,000 people die each year from sarcoma.

Mercy’s Sarcoma Support Group offers an opportunity to connect with others affected by sarcoma, share information and experiences, as well as receive encouragement and support. Spouses, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please contact Maricel Tenorio at 312.567.2044.


Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group
Second Saturday of each month, 11:00am
Upcoming Dates: September 13, October 11
Mercy Hospital; Room 242

Us TOO Prostate Support Group offers a meeting place for men living with prostate cancer and their families. The meetings provide unbiased information from experts in areas related to prostate cancer, including surgery, radiation, medications, nutrition, and psychology. Us TOO group meetings are free and open to all men, family, friends, and health professionals interested in prostate cancer/disease. For more information, please call Vanessa Spears at 312.842.4400.


Voices of Mercy
Hosted every other month, Tuesdays, 12:00pm

Upcoming Dates: February 11; April 8, June 10; August 13; October 14, December 9
Mercy Hospital, 12th Floor, Conference Room 1234

The group is open to survivors of head and neck cancer and their caregivers and families, during any stage of care, from diagnosis to recovery. The support group provides an open environment for patients to discuss their situations, share ideas and experiences with others, learn ways to improve quality of life through guest speakers and lectures. The support group is coordinated by Liliana Mendoza, ENT Nurse Coordinator & Nina Shahin, Speech Pathologist with the support of Dr. Gruber, ENT. For more information, please contact Nina Shahin at extension 5558.

Family Birth Center Tour
Please call 312.567.2441 for more information.
Whether you’ve already chose Mercy Hospital for your birth experience, or are simply exploring your options, you will enjoy this informative tour of the Family Birth Center at Mercy. Tours are led by a registered nurse and are interactive and engaging, providing the opportunity for questions and answers. Tours are available in Spanish, by appointment, at 312.567.2441.


Blessed Beginnings
2015 Sessions:


  • February 16, 24, March 3, 10, 17
  • March 31, April 7,14,21, 28
  • May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9
  • June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21
  • August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1
  • September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
  • October 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1, 8, 15, 22, January 5, 2016

All sessions are from 6:30pm – 9pm
Mercy Hospital; Room 261
This comprehensive 5-session series covers topics such as what to expect during late pregnancy, labor and birth, feeding, baby care and postpartum care. Coping skills such as breathing and relaxation will be practiced and discussed. Sessions are presented in a group setting by a certified childbirth educator with 20 years of experience. $90 per couple; private sessions available. For more information and to register, please call 773.376.4626.


Breastfeeding Basics
Please call 312.567.2441 for current schedule and registration information.
Breastfeeding provides a nutritional and bonding foundation for your new baby and enhances your recovery experience. But it doesn’t mean it always comes so easy. Learn why breastfeeding is important for both you and your baby, and how to get off to a good start. From how to help baby latch correctly to which positions work well, you’ll learn the breastfeeding basics from an expert lactation consultant. Each class includes a tour of The Family Birth Center.


Bringing Home Baby
Please call 312.567.2441 for current schedule and registration
Registration is required; to register
Mercy Hospital, 3rd Floor, The Family Birth Center
Safe Ride, First Ride, Every Ride. One of the very first important decisions you will make as a parent is a car safety seat for your new arrival. Yet statistics show that up to 90 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. Soon to be moms and dads are invited to take advantage of "Bringing Home Baby," a free program at Mercy  providing tips for proper usage of your new baby's car safety seat, and inspection of your car seat and vehicle to verify and teach proper installation. Classes are taught by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and are available in English and Spanish. Convertible car seats are also available, with a $25 cash donation to the program. 

LAP-BAND® Information Session: What is it and is it right for you?
Watch an Online Video Session
Monthly In-person Information Sessions
All sessions are at Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Avenue, Joyce Auditorium

Information Session today and begin your path to regaining your independence and living well again. To register call 312.567.BAND (2263), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or register online above.

Center for Weight Management Information Class
Next class will begin Wednesday, September 10th, 6:00pm; Mercy Hospital
Doctor's Office Center, 2nd Floor
For more information and to register, please call 312.567.5555
Learn about Mercy’s NEW Center for Weight Management and our comprehensive, medically supervised approach to weight loss.