If you or someone you know is affected by arthritis, diabetes, polio or scoliosis, or you have a special needs child, Westerly Hospital offers compassionate guidance and camaraderie through our support groups.  All groups are free and open to everyone.

Arthritis Interest Group

This group is designed for anyone with any type of arthritis. Sessions are held three or four times a year at the Westerly Senior Center located at 39 State Street in Westerly. For information, call the Rehabilitation Department at 401-348-3346 or 1-800-933-5960, extension 3346.

Diabetes Support

This group meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Westerly Hospital’s Nardone Conference Center. Please note the group does not meet in July and August. The group focuses on concerns of diabetics, how to deal with a diabetes diagnosis, psychosocial aspects of diabetes, common emotional reactions, and dealing with the transition of living with diabetes.  The group is facilitated by Herb Nieburg, PhD, a psychologist and associate professor at Mitchell College who deals with health-related issues, and Mark Rogers, PharmD, CDOE, Clinical Pharmacist at Westerly Hospital and site coordinator of the Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program. For more information, call our Diabetes Clinic at 401-348-3533 or 1-800-348-5960 ext. 3533.

Post Polio Syndrome Support

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10:00am – 12:00pm, in Westerly Hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. Facilitated by a community member who is also a polio survivor, the group provides resources, information and support for those who have been stricken with polio and are now experiencing symptoms associated with post-poliomyelitis.   Upcoming sessions:  February 21, May 16, August 15, and October 17.  For information, visit the group’s website.

Scoliosis Support

The group consists of members who have scoliosis and various other spine problems, and offers support and information. This group is facilitated by a community member who has undergone scoliosis spine surgery. For more information call Patty at 401-348-8085.

The “Sensational” Child: Support for Families with Special Needs Children

This program is run by a member of the community and meets the second Thursday of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in Westerly Hospital’s Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. This program is run by a member of the community and provides support to families of children with special needs.  For information on this group, call Maria at 401-348-8901.