Education and Support Groups

The following list of support and education groups is assembled from submissions by our STSW membership. 


Due to Covid-19, many of these groups have undergone changes.  Many are now virtual, and some may be suspended or no longer exist.  The most recent updates were submitted in April of 2021 (and marked as such).  Always reach out to the contact person listed via email or telephone to check about the group’s status, particularly before going anywhere in person. 


TransplantLiving.org also maintains a comprehensive list of support groups at Support groups - Transplant Living

ARIZONA


Phoenix


Monthly LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP ON CAMPUS FOR PRE AND POST PATIENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.

Facilitated by

Kathy Lam MSW, LCSW
Social Worker, Lung Transplant Program
Heart Lung Institute


St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
500 W Thomas Rd, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85013
602.406.7009 phone
602.798.0298 fax
Kathy.Lam@chw.edu

 

Lung Transplant Support Group, CURRENTLY ON ZOOM

For lung transplant candidates and recipients, their friends, caregivers, and/or family

Meets the 3rd Friday of the month from 11am-noon

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix Lung Institute

755 E. McDowell Road, Conference Room, Level 1

Phoenix, AZ 85006

  Facilitated by

  Andrea Burkholder, MSW, LCSW

  Social Worker, Heart & Lung Transplant

  Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix

  (520) 694-5168

  andrea.burkholder@bannerhealth.com

 updated April, 201


Tucson

HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP 

**CURRENTLY ON ZOOM**

For heart and lung transplant candidates and recipients, their friends, caregivers, and/or family

Meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 10am-noon

Banner University Medical Center-Tucson

3838 N. Campbell Avenue, North Clinic, Classroom 10116

Tucson, AZ 85719

Facilitated by

Andrea Burkholder, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker, Heart & Lung Transplant

(520) 694-5168

andrea.burkholder@bannerhealth.com

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CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

WEEKLY MULTI-ORGAN TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP
Who: Pre- and Post- Transplant, Family and/or Caregivers
When: Every Tuesday from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Facilitator: 310-423-6850


GRUPO DE APOYO DE TRANSPLANTE
Quien: Trasplante de pacientes y sus familiares
Cuando: Cada Jueves, de 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m..
Adonde: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Facilitator: Marshia Caceres, LCSW


WEEKLY MULTI-ORGAN RELAXATION GROUP
Who: Pre- and Post- Transplant, Family and/or Caregivers
When: Every Thursday from 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
Where: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Facilitator: 310-423-6850


LVAD SUPPORT GROUP
Who: LVAD Recipients, Candidates, Family and/or Caregivers
When: Second Wednesday of the Month from 10:30am – 12:000pm
Where: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Facilitator: Unknown (as of Apr 2021)

 

Keck Medical Center of USC
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
TRANSPLANT PATIENT, FAMILY & CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
1st Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mary Fisher, LCSW 323-442-9631
Marla Frankel, LCSW 323-442-9632


San Diego

Scripps Green Hospital

Center for Organ and Cell Transplantation

10666 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037

ORGAN TRANSPLANT SPEAKER SERIES

(Virtual during COVID-19)

Contact: Wendy Heit, MSW

heit.wendy@scrippshealth.org

 

First Wednesday of Each Month

6:00 pm- 7:00 pm

For more information please contact:

Scripps Center for Organ Transplantation

858-554-4310

Group is open to the public but geared toward liver, kidney and pancreas pre-transplant patients and their caregivers.

To join the monthly Zoom meeting go to:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84636172090?pwd=NFpVVDBQVVpzalRqVjhrTzEya2VEUT09

   updated April, 2021


Santa Clara

 

HEART TRANSPLANT / LVAD PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP 

  • ·       Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara
  • ·       Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12:00pm-1:30pm
  • ·       Location: Virtual, on Microsoft Teams
  • ·       For Kaiser members with heart failure or who have received an LVAD or heart transplant. Caregivers welcome.

Contact: Kristin Maslic, LCSW at 408-851-3329 or Kristin.m.maslic@kp.org

   updated May 2021


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FLORIDA

Fort Myers

·       The ORGAN TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of each month at the Sanctuary, aka Lee Health Outpatient Center, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 8960 Colonial Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33905.  

·       Website is www.organsupport.org and contact number is (239) 247-3073.

·       Be sure to check us out on Facebook. 

·       Offered by the Organ Transplant Recipients of Southwest Florida

Gainesville

SHANDS ADULT LIVER TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP FOR PRE- AND POST-TRANSPLANT PATIENTS AND SUPPORT PEOPLE!

We welcome all patients, support people, family and friends to join in this support group to discuss experiences, share resources and learn from each other.
Where: Room 9433. 9th Floor Conference Room (near elevators)
When: Every Monday. 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
This is a drop-in group, no reservations required.
Kelli Walker, LCSW 352-265-0224
wakell@shands.ufl.edu


Hollywood

Memorial Transplant Institute

TRANSPLANT/VAD SUPPORT GROUP

Memorial Regional Hospital Medical Office Building

1150 N 35th Ave, Suite#390 Hollywood FL 33021

11am 2nd Wednesday of each month

Please contact the Total Heart Center 954-265-7750  


Jacksonville

Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville

KIDNEY EDUCATION/ SUPPORT GROUP

4th Wednesday of each month: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

By invitation only. Invitation will be sent through Mayo Portal.

Zoom registration required prior to group meeting.

Contact Pat Dennis if any questions, Dennis.Patricia@mayo.edu  904-956-3292.   

Updated April 2021


LIVER/KIDNEY/PANCREAS – SECOND CHANCE GROUP

Tuesday: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Location: Cannaday Bldg., Room 1050

Facilitator: Liver Transplant Social Worker

Directions: Between the information desk and meditation atrium. Just across from the piano.

 

HEART/VAD TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesday: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: Hospital 8-903N

Facilitator: Heart Transplant Social Worker

Directions: Eighth floor of hospital, to the right of the elevators

 

LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: Mayo Bldg. 2-002N

Facilitator: Lung Transplant Social Worker

Directions: Second Floor of Outpatient Mayo Bldg., right off elevator, first door on right, left into meeting room

 

YOUNG ADULT TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

1st Thursday of each month: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: C. Vincent Stabile North Bldg., Room 153 turn left just before the elevators

Facilitator: Transplant Social Workers

Directions: C. Vincent Stabile North Bldg., turn left just before the elevators

 

TRANSPLANT AND CANCER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Thursday 11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Location: Mayo Bldg. 5-003

Facilitator: Social Worker

Directions: Fifth floor of Outpatient Mayo Bldg., right off elevator, first door on right

 

Nancy P. Ford, LCSW
Phone 904.956.3205
E-mail: 
ford.nancy@mayo.edu


Miami

MIAMI TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE SUPPORT GROUP

Open to all organs (kidney, liver, multivisceral, intestine, heart, lung, and LVAD patients) as well as all caregivers if needed.

Highland Professional Building, 7th Floor Conference Room

Location: 1801 NW 9Th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

Date: Every 3rd Monday of the month

Time: 2-3 PM

Contact MTI Group Support via phone or email.

Telephone: 305-355-5000

E-mail:  MTI-TransplantSupportGroup@jhsmiami.org


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ILLINOIS

Naperville

ORGAN TRANSPLANT SUPPORT 

https://www.organtransplantsupport.org/

OTS provides education, support, mentorship, and community to transplant patients and caregivers.  Monthly meetings, educational newsletter, great mentor program, and events. 

Currently (Apr 2021):  Both OTS and OTS Mentor Program are being held virtually.  See website for more information.

Contact: P.O. Box 471, Naperville IL, 60566  Info@organtransplantsupport.org, (630)527-8640,   

 

Springfield

SUPPORT GROUP FOR PRE- AND POST- TRANSPLANT PATIENTS  

Memorial Medical Center

3rd Thursday of every odd month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (January, March, May, July, September, November).

Pre transplant patients that have been evaluated as well as post-transplant patients are invited.

Facilitator: Jobi Tabb, LSW | Transplant Social Worker | Memorial Transplant Services |Phone: 217.757.7178 | E-mail: tabb.jobi@mhsil.com


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INDIANA


Fort Wayne

Lutheran Hospital Transplant Center:

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR VAD/HEART TRANSPLANT, FOR PRE AND POST OP, 4th Monday of every month.

QUARTERLY KIDNEY TRANSPLANT EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS in March, June, September and December.

Groups are generally limited to patients from Lutheran Hospital Transplant Implant Center Program. Kari Troxel, MSW, LCSW, CCTSW | Transplant Social Worker | Tel: 260-435-6273 | Fax: 260-435-7856 ktroxel@lutheran-hosp.com

 

Indianapolis

ST. VINCENT SHARING HEARTS EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUP meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. It is for patients and families with VADS and/or waiting for heart transplants.

Facilitator: Jan Hart 317-338-2457 jlhart@stvincent.org  

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IOWA


There are some rotating support groups in the area. 

Please contact Emily Mathews for details, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Emily-mathews@uiowa.edu, phone 319-353-8192. 

Updated April 2021

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KENTUCKY


University of Kentucky

·       Monthly support group for LUNG TRANSPLANT patients, monthly support group for HEART TRANSPLANT patients, including VAD, TAH, AND OTHER MCS patients, PRE-SURGERY patients, POST-SURGERY patients, CAREGIVERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FRIENDS all welcome!

·       Schedule varies slightly from month to month; please call or email for info about upcoming meetings. Find us on Facebook! Search for “University of Kentucky Heart Transplant / VAD Support Group” and “University of Kentucky Lung Transplant Support Group”.

Contacts:

·       Summer Davies, social worker for heart/lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support teams: office: 859.323.2557 email: summer.davies@uky.edu;

·       Jennifer Whittaker, staff support, office: 859.323.6497 email: jmwh229@uky.edu,

·       Jill Marion, staff support office: 859.218.1341 email: jcmari0@uky.edu


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MARYLAND

Baltimore

University of Maryland

Monthly EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUP” with a featured speaker and discussion

Participants are U of MD pre and post-transplant patients (and 1 guest) including kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung

Meets September through May, excluding December  

Contact Univ of MD transplant social worker for information

410-328-6508 /  Current contact unknown, as of April 2021

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MASSACHUSETTS

Boston

MONTHLY LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

First Wednesday of the Month at 2:00 PM by Zoom

Sarah Harre, LCSW (617-525-8142) and Samantha Pearlstein, LICSW (857-307-2840)

  Updated April 2021

 

MONTHLY RENAL TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Currently being held virtually (via Zoom) on the third Thursday of most months at 2 PM:

https://partners.zoom.us/j/92937246763

For speaker schedule and more info, please visit:  

https://www.brighamandwomens.org/surgery/transplantation/kidney-transplant/patient-support-and-education

Ashley Abreu, LICSW (617-732-7882) and Annette Pimenta, LICSW (617-732-6480)

  Updated April 2021


MONTHLY LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Massachusetts General Hospital

Second Thursday of the month at 1PM

Via zoom

Contact:  Anne LaFleur, alafleur@partners.org

    Updated April 2021

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MICHIGAN


Royal Oak

­OPEN TO KIDNEY AND LIVER TRANSPLANT PATIENTS

TRANSPLANT CONNECTION

Beaumont Multi Organ Transplant

3535 West 13 Mile Road-Suite 644

Royal Oak, MI 48073

Contact: Sophia Awan, LMSW

Phone: 248-551-1201

E-mail: Sophia.Awan@Beaumont.org 

Please click here for a list of Transplant Support Groups in various cities.  Note that the information and contacts for the Royal Oak group, above, are outdated on this linked list. Above information (on Beaumont Multi Organ Transplant) is currentas of April 2021.


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MINNESOTA


Minneapolis

University of Minnesota Medical Center  

500 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 -Now Virtual

HEART TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Weekly on Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.

Natalia Carlson, LICSW 612-273-5670 ncarls13@fairview.org

Angela Herr, LICSW 612-273-5774 aherr1@fairview.org

            Updated April 2021


University of Minnesota Medical Center  

500 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455- Now Virtual

MCS SUPPORT GROUP

Weekly on Tuesdays 1 – 2 p.m.

Natalia Carlson, LICSW 612-273-5670

Angela Herr, LICSW  612-273-5774

            Updated April 2021


M Health Fairview

LIVER TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP (PRE AND POST LIVER TRANSPLANT PATIENTS AND CARE GIVERS)

Virtually on Thursdays, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Jannae Lowe, LICSW 612-273-2570

Leah Rieke, LICSW 612-273-3165

 ***Please contact Jannae or Leah for more information.

   Updated April 2021


University of Minnesota Medical Center  

500 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 

University of Minnesota Medical Center  

LUNG TRANSPLANT CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP - Virtual

1st Monday of the month 6 – 7 p.m.

Marget Schmidtke, LICSW 612-273-5796

Liz Herman, LICSW 612-273-4579

Please contact us for access information

   Updated April 2021


University of Minnesota Medical Center  

500 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455     

LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP - Virtual

Weekly on Mondays   11AM - Noon

Marget Schmidtke, LICSW 612-273-5796

Liz Herman, LICSW 612-273-4579

Please contact us for access information

   Updated April 2021


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NEW JERSEY

New Brunswick

KAPS: KIDNEY AND PANCREAS SUPPORT GROUP  

Main Conference Room

Transplant Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  

10 Plum Street, 7th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All pre- and post-transplant patients, and potential donors are welcome to participate, as well as their family and friends.
Augusto da Fonseca, M.S.W., LCSW
732-253-3699
Augusto.daFonseca@rwjuh.edu


Newark

LUNG TRANSPLANT MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP
For pre and post patients, Caregivers welcome
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 201 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
Room assignment and times vary
Please contact Lauren Dispinseri, LCSW for details
973-926-3178
ldispinseri@barnabashealth.org

 

LUNG TRANSPLANT MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP
For lung transplant recipients and their caregivers only
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 201 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
Room assignment and times vary
Please contact Lauren Dispinseri, LCSW for details
973-926-3178
ldispinseri@barnabashealth.org


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NORTH CAROLINA


Chapel Hill

UNC HOSPITALS PATIENT AND CAREGIVER LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP
Meets 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays, 1-2 p.m.
Conference call participation is available
Transplant Conference Room
UNC Center for Transplant Care
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Durham

PRE-TRANSPLANT CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month

1:45pm-2:45pm

Contact Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville

(kristina.belanger@duke.edu, 919-681-2443)  

Group is currently virtual

     Updated April 2021

POST-TRANSPLANT CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

3rd Friday each month

3:00 PM 

Contact Kristina Belanger (kristina.belanger@duke.edu, 919-681-2443) for updated TIME, as this will be changing soon

 Group is currently virtual

     Updated April 2021

INPATIENT LUNG TRANSPLANT CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

1st Friday each month

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 Group is currently virtual

     Updated April 2021

Contact:  Cara NeSmith, cara.nesmith@duke.edu, 919-684-4156

 

Greensboro

Moses Cone Hospital 

MONTHLY LVAD SUPPORT GROUP FOR PATIENT AND CAREGIVERS

Third Monday of each month. 

We are currently virtual on a month-to-month basis. If you would like to receive a link to the virtual meetings, please Jackie.Brennan@ConeHealth.com and she will forward the link. We will return to in person as soon as our Health Care system allows for in person meetings.

Facilitated by: Jackie Brennan, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Advanced Heart Failure Clinic
Moses Cone Hospital
1200 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Office: 336-832-2718
Cell: 336-209-6807
Fax: 336-832-9293
Jackie.Brennan@ConeHealth.com

  Updated April 2021


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NORTH DAKOTA


Fargo

Sanford Health

KIDNEY AND PANCREAS SUPPORT GROUP  

open to pre- and post-transplant patients in the Sanford Health Program.

4:30-5:30pm
Sanford Broadway Medical Building
1st floor conference room
736 N. Broadway
Fargo, ND 58122

Kristen M. Fischer, MSW, LCSW, NSW-C, 701/234-4863
Sanford Health – Fargo
Transplant Social Worker
kristen.fischer@sanfordhealth.org

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OHIO

Cincinnati

The Christ Hospital welcomes you to our monthly LVAD SUPPORT GROUP, HEART FELT. If you are considering an LVAD, currently have a VAD or are going through heart transplant evaluation, we encourage you and your family to join us to share your experiences, meet new friends and learn something new.

When: Second Monday of every month at 11:00 AM

Where: 7 South Conference Room, Main Hospital

Contact: Gayle West, LISW 513-585-1755, gayle.west@thechristhospital.com

 

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

KIDNEY AND/OR PANCREAS TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP for patients and friends/families

Meets 1st Saturday of each month 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Contact Kathy Daley for more information.

Kathy Daley LISW-S, CCTSW

UCMC Kidney and Pancreas Transplant

513-584-8572

Kathleen.Daley@UCHealth.com

 

University of Cincinnati Medical Center

LIVER TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Contact Lauren Dick or Lynn Swartz for more information.

Lauren Dick LISW

513-584-4315

Lauren.Dick@UCHealth.com

Lynn Swartz LISW, CCTSW

513-584-6670

Lynn.Swartz@UCHealth.com


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OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City

The Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at Integris Baptist Medical
Center 3300 NW Expressway, Concourse Level Room F, Oklahoma City, OK
HOPE TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP (ALL SOLID ORGANS. Web: 
www.txhpoe.org).
Meets the second Monday of every month 6:00 – 7:30, except May and December.
Open to pre- and post-transplant recipients and families.

 

The Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at Integris Baptist Medical
Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

HEPATITIS C SUPPORT GROUP.
Meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00.
(405. 713-7440)@ Integris Baptist Medical Center
3300 NW Expressway, Concourse Level Rooms C and D, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital / The Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at Integris Baptist Medical
LVAD SUPPORT GROUP.
The group meets quarterly.
Contact Susan Shepard Vanwinkle for information (405) 949-3253
3300 NW Expressway, Concourse Level Conference Rooms D & E Oklahoma City, OK.

Tulsa

LIVER TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month 7:00 PM
East Side Christian Church Adult Center 1427 S. Indianapolis Avenue
Tulsa, OK (918.835-0173 or 918.369-1581)


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PENNSYLVANIA


Hershey

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center provides a quarterly HEART TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP, and a monthly MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT GROUP. Contact Info: Veronica Umbrell, LCSW Ph: 717-531-4256 or vumbrell@hmc.psu.edu


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RHODE ISLAND

Providence

TRANSPLANT FORUM: EDUCATIONAL SERIES / SUPPORT GROUP for
Persons of all organ transplant types at Rhode Island Hospital.  Open to anyone previously transplanted or pursuing listing for transplantation or repeat transplantation. 

Meetings are the first Tuesday in Oct, Nov, March, April, and May, from 6 to 7:30, at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Collis Conference Center.

Refreshments and Parking are free.

No meetings in January, July and August.

** Due to construction, contact Michael Friend at 401.444.8433 if you are interested or want more information

Facilitator: Michael Friend, LICSW, 401-444-8433, Michael.Friend@lifespan.org


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SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston Area 

TRANSPLANT TALK: A GROUP FOR SOLID ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

Join the transplant community for fellowship, and guest speakers. 

Family/caregivers are welcome.  

Contact group to find out if meetings are virtual or in-person.

Kay Moore 843-792-9207 mooreeu@musc.edu or Anna Bailey, baileyag@musc.edu, 843-792-9044

Facebook page: Transplant Talk SC

            Updated April 2021 


Columbia Area

SECOND CHANCE TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Holland Ave. Baptist Church

801 12th Street, Cayce, SC

Steve Ford – 803-394-2364

Secondchance430@gmail.com

LVAD SUPPORT GROUP

Thursdays at 5:00 pm

Palmetto Health Richland Heart Hospital

4th Floor- Foundations Room

Contact Lindsey Bennett / Steve Ford

Secondchance430@gmail.com


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TENNESSEE

Chattanooga

ERLANGER HOSPITAL

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Currently suspended due to pandemic – updated April, 2021

Open to recipients, donors, supportive loved ones, potential candidates, and anyone curious about the kidney transplant experience and post-transplant life are welcome to attend.

4th Thursday evening of each month from 5:00 to 6:30

Location: Cancer Conference Room, ground floor of the Medical Mall

(Note: In November and December, we meet on an alternate Thursday)

View schedule at https://www.facebook.com/ErlangerHealth/

Questions / Information: Kathleen.Sullivan@erlanger.org or (423) 778-2174


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TEXAS

Austin

The Ascension Seton Heart Specialty Care and Transplant Center offers monthly support groups for both PRE/POST HEART TRANSPLANT AND MCS/VAD RECIPIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS.  These groups are held on a monthly basis and for now, virtually Please call or email for details. 

Contact: Leslie Goldstein, LMSW-AP  lgoldstein@ascension.org or Shay Rogillio, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS smrogillio@ascension.org  at 512-681-0500, fax 512-681-0545

1301 W. 38th St. #514, Austin, TX  78705

Updated April 2021


St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Kidney Transplant Center offers SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ALL PEOPLE AFFECTED BY KIDNEY DISEASE, INCLUDING THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. Members include people interested in transplant, those on dialysis, persons who are on a transplant waitlist, post-transplant patients, and loved ones of kidney patients. Involvement in the Kidney Support Group is for all persons, regardless of transplant center preference.  

·       Meetings are held monthly, on a rotating basis, between Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

·       Contact: Victoria Tschoepe, LCSW at 512-901-2880 or victoria.tschoepe@stdavids.com if you are interested in being added to our email notification list for future meetings.

Updated April 2021


Dallas

Methodist Dallas Medical Center, 1441 N. Beckley Ave., Service Building Room A – 1
(214) 947-4414

TRANSPLANT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING
Second Monday of Every Month
6:30 – 8:00pm
Room A-1

Parking available in the Service Building Parking Lot H at Colorado and Bishop. Press button at gate for attendant and let them know you are here for the transplant meeting.

Bridget Lam LMSW, 214-947-1803, 

 

Galveston

UTMB TEXAS TRANSPLANT CENTER SUPPORT GROUP - group is currently virtual
Open to all pre / post-transplant patients and LVAD patients as well as their family/caregivers.

The Texas Transplant Center Support Group hosts a meeting each month in League City.  The groups meets on the first Tuesday at the Primary and Specialty Care (Entrance A) at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South, from 4:40 to 6:00pm.  Watch for posted signs.


For more information, please contact Caroline Tremblay, Transplant Social Worker, catrembl@UTMB.EDU or (409)-772-5753

 

Houston

Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center

Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI), 6411 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77030

PATIENT AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP every Tuesday at 11:00 to Noon

5th Floor Lobby

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP every Thursday at 11:00 to Noon

5th Floor Lobby

 

Center for Advanced Heart Failure, 6400 Fannin, Suite 2500

WEIGHT LOSS MANAGEMENT FOR LVAD/GASTRIC SLEEVE PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Suite 2500

 

CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP FOR PULMONARY AND CARDIAC ADVANCED DISEASE PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Every Thursday from 11:00 to Noon

Suite 2500

 

Groups facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Workers:  Beth Mosele, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS, Linda Pham, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS, Kristin Malaer, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS, Stephanie Francis, CSW

If you have questions, please call (713) 704-4342(4348) (4396) (4369)

 

Memorial Hermann Transplant Abdominal Support Group

-For kidney, pancreas, and liver transplant recipients and their adult caregivers, pre & post-transplant

During this time of COVID-19, we are meeting virtually. Please call one of the phone numbers listed below to make sure your name/email address is in our system, so you receive the link to join us. 

·       First Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Palmer Memorial Church:
6211 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030
Information: 713-704-6803/4637/5744.

·       Facilitated by Floyd Johnson, LCSW, CCTSW; Shonali Jacob, LCSW, CCTSW; and Penelope Loughhead, LCSW, CCTSW

  Updated April, 2021


League City

UTMB TEXAS TRANSPLANT CENTERSUPPORT GROUP

1st Tuesday of every month in League City: 4:30PM until 6:00PM

Due to COVID-19, meetings are temporarily on hold.

LOCATION: UTMB Health – Primary and Specialty Care (Entrance A)

Victory Lakes Town Center

2660 Gulf Freeway South League City 77573

Conference Room 1.1542

Organ transplant affects a person’s body and life in many ways. Adjusting to these changes is often easier with the help of people who have similar experiences. The support group meets once a month and is open to all pre- and post-transplants, including LVAD patients. Adult family members, friends and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend. The group is facilitated by UTMB transplant social workers. Every month, a topic of interest is suggested for discussion among participants. Guest speakers will also attend to present on key issues facing transplant patients.

·       Please contact Caroline at 409-772-5753 or catrembl@utmb.edu to inquire about meeting status prior to attending.

·       https://www.utmbhealth.com/support-pages/support-groups/events/2020/01/07/default-calendar/texas-transplant-center-support-group

  updated April 2021 


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VIRGINIA

Falls Church


Inova Fairfax Hospital, IHVI Bldg.

3300 Gallows Rd.

Falls Church, Va. 22042

 

SUPPORT GROUP FOR HEART/LUNG TRANSPLANT CANDIDATES & CAREGIVERS

First Tuesday of every month from 1:00-2:00

Educational Topics regarding transplant presented with open discussion

Facilitator, Kathy Briggs, LCSW, 703-776-7076

The group meets virtually. Please email: kathy.briggs@inova.org

for a meeting invitation.

   Updated April, 2021


Norfolk

TAKING HEART-HEART TRANSPLANT/LVAD SUPPORT GROUP
Sentara Heart Hospital/Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk, VA 23507
Meets every second Tuesday of the Month from 10:00 am – 12:00pm
Psychoeducational group with various speakers from multiple disciplines dedicated to patients who have been transplanted or are waiting for transplant, their families, and caregivers.  This group serves the entire Hampton Roads/Tidewater Section of Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.
Venitta R. Johnson MSW, LCSW-LVAD, Heart, Kidney, Pancreas, and Living Donor Social Worker-(757) 388-9104-Email address: 
vrjohns1@sentara.com

https://facebook.com/HeartTransplantPeerSupport

Taking_Heart@aol.com


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WASHINGTON

Seattle

University of Washington Medical Center
PRE AND POST LUNG TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP
Second Tuesday of each month, 12:30-2:30
Plaza Cafe Conference Rooms B/C
Contact: Angela Wagner, LICSW
206-598-2676
wagnera@u.washington.edu

 

University of Washington Medical Center

HEART TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Second Thursday of each month

Plaza Cafe Conference Rooms

Contact Alice Chang

206-598-6591

alicec@uw.edu

 

University of Washington Medical Center

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

Third Wednesday of each month 10:00-11:00am

Plaza Cafe Conference Rooms C/D

Contact:  Jeff Harder, 206-598-4676jharder@uw.edu

Bethany Zornes, 206-597-3791

 

University of Washington Medical Center

LIVER TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP

First and Third Tuesday of each month 4:00pm-5:00pm

Plaza Cafe Conference Rooms A/B

Contact:  Stacey McCandish

206-598-4599

smccandl@uw.edu

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WISCONSIN

Appleton


St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
NORTH EAST TRANSPLANT SUPPORT (NETS)
Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm
Linda Ourada (920.731.8845)

Marshfield

CENTRAL WISCONSIN AREA SECOND CHANCE FOR LIFE
Meets monthly, call for schedule
Leah Breu, RN (715.389.3677)

Milwaukee

3rd Wednesday of each month, 6pm-8pm
Froedert, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Conference Room E, Family Center
414.805.3666 or 800.272.3666
St. Luke’s
3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
414.646.5410

Onalaska

COULEE REGION TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare
Lower level conference room of Franciscan Skemp’s Onalaska Clinic, 191
Theater Road
1st Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm
608.782.2560

Viroqua

VERNON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HEART CENTERSUPPORT GROUP
3rd Wednesday of each month, 1-3pm
608.637.4497

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