SMH offers community health programs in September

SMH offers community health programs in September


(Aug. 17, 2017 – Slidell, La.) – Slidell Memorial Hospital will present the following community education and support programs in September.

Pre-registration is recommended for these classes and meetings by visiting, or calling (985) 280-8585.



Girl Talk: For girls aged 9-13, Girl Talk explains the physical, social and emotional changes your teen will undergo during her puberty years. Physicians Alice LeBreton, M.D., Pediatrics, and Deborah Hilton, M.D., Dermatology, will answer questions about what your teen is experiencing. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

When: Tues., Sep. 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: SMH Founders Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1150 Robert Blvd.

Fee: $10 per family


Lunch & Learn: This month’s topic is "Heart Disease.” As a state, Louisiana has one of the highest occurrences of heart disease when compared to the rest of the United States. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease and almost half of all Americans experience at least one of these risk factors. While some risk factors cannot be controlled, steps can be taken to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control. Please join Dr. Abhijit Ghatak as he discusses the signs/symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options for heart disease. Call (985) 280-2657 or visit to register for this free event. We start at 11:30 a.m. with blood pressure screenings and a healthy lunch courtesy of Walgreens. The presentation begins at noon.

When: Fri., Sep. 29, 11:30 a.m. – screenings; presentation and lunch – noon.

Where: SMH Founders Building. 1150 Robert Blvd., 1st Floor Conference Room

Fee: Free




Maternity Fair and Birthing Center Tours: Come tour the facilities to see all SMH has to offer in its Maternal Child Wing and then visit with baby- and mother-friendly vendors. Registration is required for tours by calling (985) 280-2657.

When: Sat., Sep. 9, 10 a.m. - noon

Place: SMH Birthing Center Waiting Area, 2nd Floor, 1001 Gause Blvd. (Use Florida Avenue Entrance)


Baby Love: Designed for all expectant couples, with information and discussion on labor and delivery, postpartum and pain options during labor. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

When: Sat., Sep. 16, 8 a.m. - noon

Where: SMH Founders Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1150 Robert Blvd.


SOAR (Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources): SOAR hosts an Autism Networking/Support Group that meets monthly. For more information, contact Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

When: Wed., Sep. 20, 9 - 11 a.m.

Where: SMH Community Outreach Center, 2nd Floor, Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd.


Breastfeeding Clinic: Lactation Consultants offer support and encouragement as they discuss the advantages of breastfeeding, how to get started, how to prevent problems, common concerns and what to expect in the first few weeks. To register, call (985) 280-8585 or visit

When: Sat., Sep. 23, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Where:  SMH Florida Avenue Conference Room, 1025 Florida Avenue
Fee: Free


Baby and Me Tobacco Free: SMH is now hosting these smoking cessation programs on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. The program encourages expecting mothers to quit smoking during their pregnancy and to stay smoke-free after their baby is born. Mothers meeting all program requirements will receive monthly vouchers for six months of free diapers. Also sponsored by Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, March of Dimes and AmeriHealth Cartas Louisiana. For more information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539.


Online Childbirth Education Class: SMH is now offering complimentary online education to get you ready for childbirth. Visit to get started.



Cancer Programs

Caregiver Coffee Talk: Join us for a cup of freshly brewed coffee with delicious pastries, and meet other caregivers facing similar challenges as you and your family. We will discuss simple antidotes that help you cope with daily stress, and how to care for yourself as a caregiver and restore your own energy. For more information, please call (985) 280-6612.

When: Wed., Sep. 6, 10 - 11 a.m.

Where: SMH Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd.


Yoga for Cancer Patients and Caregivers: This class is specifically for cancer patients and their caregivers. There is no charge for the classes, but registration and medical release are required. For more information, call Patricia at (985) 707-4961.

When: Mon., Sep. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: SMH Community Outreach Center, 2nd Floor, SMH Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd.


Look Good, Feel Better: Free make-up kits, step-by-step demonstration, personalized assistance with a licensed cosmetologist, free lunch and great support for women just like you! To register, call (985) 280-2657.

When: Mon., Sep. 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: SMH Imaging Center, 1495 Gause Blvd.


Lymphedema Screening: Find out your risk for lymphedema, a medical condition resulting from surgery or radiation. To register, call (985) 280-6611.

When: Fri., Sep. 8, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Where: SMH Regional Cancer Center, 1st Floor Library, 1120 Robert Blvd.


Women Warriors: A Cancer Support Group: Whether you are undergoing treatment or in recovery, meeting with others who share a similar experience can benefit you. Support and information for patients, survivors or caregivers. For more information, call (985) 280-6611.

When: Wed., Sep. 20 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Where: SMH Community Outreach Center, 2nd Floor, SMH Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd.


Living with Cancer Support Group: Support group for those living with cancer and their caregivers. If you are unable to make a group in-person, join us for our Living with Cancer Group from the comfort of your own home. Just call (985) 280-8958 at 1 p.m. on group day, and you will automatically be connected to a live support group. You’ll be able to connect to other group members as well as a trained facilitator who will offer support through your cancer journey.

When: Wed., Sep. 20, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Where: SMH Community Outreach Center, 2nd Floor, SMH Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd.


Bereavement Support Group: A monthly grief recovery support group. For more information, call (985) 280-6612.

When: Thurs., Sep. 21, 3 - 4 p.m.

Where: SMH Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd.




Mall Walkers: Mall Walkers is a partnership between SMH and North Shore Square to help improve the community’s health by encouraging people to walk inside the mall. The mall opens at 7 a.m. for early walkers and stays open until 9 p.m. for after-hours walkers. North Shore Square provides security, air-conditioning and water fountains to make walking so much easier. For more information, call (985) 280-8529.

When: Wed., Sep. 27

Where: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd.





Slidell Memorial Hospital is a full-service 229-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; and Pearl River County, Miss. For more information, visit . The hospital’s main phone number is (985) 280-2200.


Media contact:

Sam Caruso, Jr.

Slidell Memorial Hospital

(985) 280-8834