What is a Support Group?

The support groups available to you through the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center are made up of individuals and loved ones who have experienced and are coping with similar situations. The groups come together, supporting each other through the telling of their own stories and experiences in a safe, caring, and confidential atmosphere.

Through these groups, a person begins to realize that they are not alone in their struggles and from the caring support of others they will always find compassion, understanding, and a helping hand.

All of these groups are facilitated by professionals and are provided to you free of charge.

Support Groups at BVRMC

Caregiver's Support Group
This support group was created for professionals, family and friends who provide care to patients and loved ones. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the joys and heartaches they share and to find strength within the group to continue giving quality care.
Tricia McGregor, BSW

Circle of Support
An all inclusive support group for people with health concerns.
Maggie Martinez, LMSW, BVRMC Social Worker
Zena Olerich, BSW, BVRMC Social Worker

Hope and Healing Support Group
A seven week support group creating hope and healing through compassionate education as we help provide coping strategies to those who have experienced the death of a loved one or friend. (Partnership between BVRMC Hospice, Fratzke Jensen, Sliefert, and Mahaney Funeral Homes)
Tricia McGregor, BSW
Brad Smith, Bereavement Specialist

We Care Grief Classes
A five week grief class to assist in the grief process for the newly bereaved. The focus of the group is on shared experience and empowering the bereaved to help each other and themselves.(Partnership between BVRMC Hospice and Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home)
Tricia McGregor, BSW
Josh VanHouten, Funeral Director

Schedule of Support Groups

Caregivers' Support Group
Second Monday of the month
Kallmer Education Center
12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m. 712.749.2741

Circle of Support
Kallmer Education Center
First Tuesday of every month
2:00 - 3 p.m.

Hope and Healing Support Group
Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home
Offered Twice a Year (Spring and Fall)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

We Care Grief Class
Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home in Alta
Offered Twice a Year (Winter and Summer)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.