Groups -- Health

Heart Disease


Carle Cardiac Support Group (2013 F,P)
This group is for cardiac patients, their families, and the public. At each meeting, there is a speaker followed by refreshments and time for people to share. Meets 4th Tues. (2nd Tues in Dec.) every other month 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., and Dec. Carle Tower, Conference Rm. A, 611 W. Park St., Urbana.
Call: Janice Masuga (217) 904-7430
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Write: 611 W. Park St., Urbana, IL 61801

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Support Group (2015 F,P)
This group is open to patients who have undergone LVAD surgery. Meets 3rd Thurs. 4:00-5:30 p.m. (No regular meeting in Nov. or Dec.) Heart and Vascular Institute, Conf. Rm. B, 611 W. Park St. Urbana.
Call: Pam Moore (217) 904-7135
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Powerful Hearts (1997 F,P/L)
This group offers help, support, and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families. The meeting allows time for sharing recovery and life experiences to aid in support during the healing phase and beyond for those living with heart disease. There is a visitor's program to provide support for those hospitalized; training is provided. Meets every six weeks, OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., Urbana.
Call: Mary Ficek or Brittney Cromwell (217) 337-2237
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Write: Mary Ficek or Brittney Cromwell, OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., Urbana, IL 61801


Lucky Hearts Support Group (1989 F,P)
This group is for people with heart disease and their family members and significant others. Call to confirm a meeting. Meets 2nd Tues., every other month beginning in Feb., 1:30 p.m., 1st Fl. Conference Rm., Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Call: Marsha Hubert (800) 242-2731, ext. 7773 or (815) 432-7773
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Write: Marsha Hubert, Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 200 E. Fairman, Watseka, IL 60970


TOUCH - The Organization for Understanding Congenital Hearts (1985 A,P/L)
This group empowers families, children, and adults who have congenital or acquired heart defects. The group makes a difference through emotional support, education, and public awareness. The group provides a 'heartline' phone support number, newsletter, and annual picnic.
Call: Gail Eaton (309) 655-2650 or (800) 443-9898 for information or Cathy Cunningham (217) 239-1440 for Champaign County phone support
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Write: Gail Eaton, The Children's Hospital of Illinois, 530 N.E. Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61603