Support Groups

We are concerned about your well-being after you leave our care.  That’s why we make sure you understand what medications you will be taking and what they are for.  That you have an appointment with your physician to make sure your recovery is progressing as planned.  And that you know who to contact with questions or concerns.  We also encourage your comments on the care you received as a patient at CVMC.

You may receive a satisfaction survey about your care after you leave the hospital.  Please complete the questionnaire and return it in the postage-paid envelope.  This information is very important to us as we design improvements to better meet our patients’ needs.


Newly Diagnosed with Cancer: Cancer Warriors Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the AHEC conference room at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Contact Brenda Putnam at 828/326-2176 for more information.

Kids Whose Parent/Grandparent Has Cancer: PALS (Providing Awareness, Love and Support) This group led by Oncology Social Worker Barbara Stark helps the whole family learn facts about cancer and treatments, talk about feelings, and meet others  in a similar situation. The PALS group meets monthly for support/educational program when CLIMB is not in session.  Please call Barbara Stark, Oncology Social Worker at 828-326-3397 or email her at

Life Goes On Cancer Support Group meets the third Monday of each month (except December) at 6:00 p.m. at Carolina Surgery and Cancer Center. All cancer patients along with their families and friends are invited. No pre-registration is required.  No charge for the program. Contact Peggy Messick for more information at 828/485-2300 ext. 6202.

Hearts of Hope Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month (except October and December) at 7:00 p.m. in the AHEC conference room at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Contact Brenda Putnam at 828/326-2176 for more information.

ONLINE Cancer Support – I Can Cope Education Series If someone you love is facing breast or any other type of cancer, you probably have a lot of questions about diagnosis, treatments, and ways to cope with the daily challenges cancer can bring. I Can Cope sessions provide detailed information about cancer, treatment options, managing side effects, and other cancer related topics. This interactive, self paced class is available on-line, and individual sessions are sometimes presented through local cancer support groups. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information.


The Pregnancy Loss Support Group of Catawba Valley meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Catawba Valley Behavioral Health building on 1st Avenue NW in uptown Hickory. For more information call 828/695-4499 or email

Bariatric Surgery Support Group A support group/education session for Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy patients from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month. No pre-registration required. Contact Libby Shaver for more information at 828/326-2082.

Young Persons with Diabetes Support Group meets one Thursday evening every other month. To find out the next meeting date or obtain more information, call the CVMC’s Center for Diabetes Control at 828/326-3442.

Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the CVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation lobby. Open to stroke survivors, family members and caregivers. For more information, please contact Heather Bissell at 828/326-3046. Pre-registration is requested.

The Better Breathers Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wellness Center meeting room beside the Outpatient Rehabilitation Building on the CVMC campus. It is designed to educate patients, their family members and those in the community who struggle with COPD. For more information, please contact Lisa Powell, RRT, RCP at 828/326-2567.