Beaufort Memorial Hospital Classes and Events

Breastfeeding 101 (Wednesdays)

This two-hour class is designed to educate and prepare moms in the basic techniques and advantages of breastfeeding. Class instruction includes communicating with your child, benefits of breastfeeding, guidelines for proper positioning and latching on, breast pumps, storage of breast milk, and going back to work while continuing to breastfeed.

Contact: Call (843) 522-5570 to pre-register or register online at www.bmhsc.org

Cost: $20

Where: Beaufort Medical Plaza, 3rd floor classroom

Dates: September 25, December 18

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Stork’s Nest

Presented by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and March of Dimes, Stork’s Nest is an incentive program designed to encourage all women to receive appropriate prenatal care. Earn points and spend them like dollars on free gifts such as diapers, baby clothing, and breastfeeding supplies. Pick up a Stork’s Nest Registration Card at your doctor’s office or call (843) 522-5570 for more information.


BMH Birthing Center Tours

One of the best ways to take some of the mystery out of your birthing experience is to visit our Birthing Center. Learn what to expect and meet some of our wonderful staff. Tours are offered at no charge the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. No reservations are required. Just report to the Birthing Center lobby and let them know at the desk that you are there for the tour. Children under 14 are not allowed to take part in the tour program.

Contact: (843) 522-5110 if you have a question.

Cost: FREE

Dates: 1st and 3rd Monday of every month

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.


The Gift of Motherhood

This two-class series will help you and your partner learn the process of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of the labor support person, and how to cope with the pain of labor. A registered nurse trained in working with expectant parents facilitates this two-class series. The fee is payable to the instructor at the time of attendance in the form of cash or check.

Contact: (843) 522-5570 to preregister, or register online at www.bmhsc.org

Cost: $60 per couple

Dates: August 6 & 13, October 1 & 8

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Joy of Parenthood

This two-class series is taught by a registered nurse and will help ease that sense of anxiety that comes along with the birth of a baby. You will learn about preparing for your new baby, the newborn appearance and characteristics, caring for a premature baby, feeding your newborn, and taking care of yourself.  A guest pediatrician will also be available to answer questions.

Contact: (843) 522-5570 to preregister, or register online at www.bmhsc.org

Cost: FREE

Dates: July 10 & 17, November 6 & 13, December 4 & 11.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Vascular Disease Screening

Vascular disease involves the entire circulatory system—not just the heart—and, if not detected, can cause a stroke – among other problems. Beaufort Memorial Hospital offers a complete vascular screening package for only $60 by appointment at the LifeFit Wellness Center in the Beaufort Medical Plaza and in Bluffton at Bluffton Medical Services located in Westbury Park. The low-cost screening includes:

• Carotid artery scan.

• Abdominal aortic aneurysm scan.

• Ankle-brachial index scan. You should be screened if you are over 50 and have any of the following risk factors:

• High blood pressure.

• Diabetes.

• High cholesterol.

• Obesity.

• Smoking.

• Family history of vascular disease.

Call (843) 522-5635 to make an appointment, and let the scheduler know whether you would like to be screened in Beaufort or in Bluffton.


LifeFit Wellness Center Membership

The LifeFit Wellness Center at Beaufort Memorial Hospital is staffed by medical professionals and it is designed to meet the needs of all adults – from those with chronic medical conditions to those who simply want to increase their fitness level. With a membership, you will receive a medically based exercise prescription that is individualized by your health history and designed by a medical professional.

There is no long-term contract to sign, just a low monthly membership charge and a one-time orientation fee which includes a comprehensive personal wellness profile, clinically based fitness evaluation, cholesterol check, and a cardiovascular and resistance exercise prescription designed from your personal wellness profile and health history.

For more information go to www.bmhsc.org or to schedule an appointment, please call (843) 522-5635.


Support Groups

Cancer Support Group

A free program for patients and caregivers dealing with all types of cancer. This group meets at the Keyserling Cancer Center on the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.  For more information call Peggy Hitchcox at (843) 522-7807.


Cancer Support – WISH: Women In Search of Help

A free program for women who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer.  Provides an opportunity to meet in a small group setting.  Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center Library located at 1680 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, SC 29935. Call Gabriela Failing at (843) 522-5897 for more information.


Cancer Support – The Paula Williams Memorial Breast Cancer Support Group

A free program that provides cancer-related education and support for women.  Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at noon in the Beaufort Medical Plaza Classroom 350-C.  Lunch is provided, however, reservations are required.  Please call Dixie Slichter (843) 522-5570 for more information.


Cancer Support – Look Good, Feel Better 

BMH partners with the American Cancer Society to offer this free program to women undergoing cancer treatment.  Next program date will be Monday, June 3 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Beaufort Medical Plaza third floor classroom 350-C.  Reservations required.  To order your free makeup kit, call Dixie Slichter at (843) 522-5570 or contact Brittany Reid, American Cancer Society Lowcountry Community Manager, at (678) 467-6879 or Brittany.reid@cancer.org.


Cancer Support – Alala – A Unique Boutique for Today’s Survivor©

Alala offers post surgical support and services by certified professionals including mastectomy bras, swimsuits, medical grade wigs, camis, lymphedema garments, pumps, radiation deodorants and lotions.  Currently seeing patients by appointment only in the Beaufort Medical Plaza, 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 569-4373 or visit the website at www.alala.info.


Cardiac Support Group

A free program for patients and caregivers dealing with heart disease.  Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the Beaufort Medical Plaza third floor classroom 350-C.  Call Kim Raines at (843) 522-5635 or (843) 522-5636 for more information.


Pulmonary Disease Support – Better Breathers Club

A support group for those with lung disease or disorders.  Anyone with a pulmonary disease and family, friends, and caregivers are welcome.  Call Toni Rehkop at (843) 522-5830 for more information.


Stroke Survivors Support Group

A support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers.  Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Keyserling Cancer Center Library.  For more information contact Jessica Kurpis at (843) 522-5593 or Kathy Campbell at (843) 522-7445.


CHiP – Community Health Improvement Program

CHiP is a 40-foot healthcare mobile unit that provides free and low-cost screenings to neighborhoods, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations.

Services offered on CHiP:

• Blood Pressure Checks (for Hypertension) – free

• Blood Sugar Checks (for Diabetes) – free

• Clinical Breast, Prostate, and Skin Cancer Exams (available when Nurse Practitioner present) free

• PSA (blood test that accompanies prostate exam) – free

• Lipid Profile – $10

• HbA1c Blood Test – $10

Recurring monthly calendar includes visits to locations on Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, Ridgeland and Jasper County.

Monthly Calendar


3rd Monday: Lady’s Island Fire Station (9-12)

4th Monday: Callawassie (8-12)


1st Tuesday: Belk, Beaufort (10-2)

2nd Tuesday: YMCA, Beaufort (7-11)


2nd Thursday: Scotts Senior Center, St. Helena Island (10:30-11:30)

Call the CHiP Mobile Wellness Unit Program at (843) 522-5568 to schedule the unit for your event.

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