Free Support Groups at Manatee Memorial

Free Support Groups at Manatee Memorial

If you're a patient, former patient, family member or friend, you can share your thoughts and learn from the experiences of others in free support groups at Manatee Memorial Hospital.


Breast Cancer Support Group

The breast cancer support group is for patients who are newly diagnosed, who are currently in treatment, or have completed treatment. Families and caregivers are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Time: The second Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Outpatient Services Center, 250 Second Street East (next to the hospital)

Please call 941-745-6997 to make a reservation or for questions.

2018 Support Group Dates:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13

Diabetes Support Group

This FREE monthly support group is designed to encourage and continue educating those with diabetes. If you're a patient, former patient, family member or friend, you can share your thoughts and learn from the experiences of others in this free support group at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Each group is limited to 60 people.

All events are facilitated by Susan Schussler, RD, CDE, Nutrition & Diabetes Education for You, LLC

Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Room: Tower Auditorium
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208

2018 Support Group Dates:

  • January 2
  • February 6
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • August 7
  • September 4
  • October 2
  • November 6

Register online


Healthy Hearts Support Group

This cardiac support group will offer education and encouragement to cardiac patients, their families and those looking for a healthier lifestyle.

Each month a Registered Dietician from 2nd Street Bistro will discuss healthy foods, meal planning and health and wellness tips. In addition, a guest speaker will discuss a variety of educational cardio-related topics. Free blood pressure checks and dinner will be provided.

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital's Tower Auditorium

2018 Support Group Dates:

  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20

Register online


HOPE Stroke Support Group for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 4 – 6 p.m. at:

The IMG Academy Golf Club
4350 El Conquistador Parkway
Bradenton, FL 34210

Each month a different topic and speaker will be featured. This support group is in partnership with Florida Home Health and Manatee Memorial Hospital. Dinner is provided. Please call 219-688-5596 to make a reservation or for questions.

2018 Support Group Dates:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13

MOMM's Place: Infant and Mom Group

Want to meet other new mothers? Need a shoulder to cry on? Interested in activities that involve you and your children? Then this group is for you. Most of our mothers join us weekly to share lunch, stories, and life's little experiences. It's a great time to get out of the house with the little ones.

The group meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at:

MOMM's Place
Suite 3F
Medical Office Building
250 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208  (next door to the hospital)

Bring a bag lunch. Call 941-745-6925 for information.


Parkinson’s Education Forum

Manatee Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, is proud to host a monthly educational forum for those with Parkinson's and their care partners. This free program is offered at no charge and provides the opportunity to learn about topics related to Parkinson’s. Light refreshments will be provided.

Time: The second Tuesday each month from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Room: Manatee One and Two
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208

Please call Cindy Underwood, Manatee County Care Advisor, at 941-266-5833 to make a reservation or if you have questions.

2018 Support Group Dates:

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13

Weight Loss Support Group

This group provides support for those who have already had weight-loss surgery, answer questions and provide postoperative support. It's also for those interested in learning about surgical weight-loss using the sleeve. The group meets every month at:

Tower Auditorium
Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Please call 941-896-9507 to reserve a spot or for information.

2018 Support Group Dates:

  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • August 11
  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 8