Classes and events at Beaufort Memorial Hospital


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. Call (843) 522-5570 to pre-register or register online at www.bmhsc.org. Cost: $20

Where: Beaufort Medical Plaza, 3rd floor classroom

Dates: January 23 and April 24

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

Bluffton Medical Services:

Westbury Park, Bluffton on March 20, June 26, August 21, October 23.

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.

Dates: First and 3rd Monday evenings of every month from 7 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

Dates: January 9 & 16, no February classes, no May classes, no June classes, July 10 & 17, no September classes, 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. 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.

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. 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, call (843) 522-5635.


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.

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 – 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.

Freedom From Smoking® 

If you have resolved to quit smoking in the New Year, now is the time to take advantage of the “Freedom from Smoking” program. Developed by the American Lung Association and considered the “gold standard” in smoking cessation programs, “Freedom from Smoking” offers participants the best chance of kicking the habit for good.  Classes will be held evenings 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and there will be two quit series to kick off 2013.  One 8-class series will be held on Tuesdays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5 and 12 with an extra support session to be offered on Thursday, February 21—two days after “quit day” to help ensure participants don’t break down and light up.  The second quit series will be held Mondays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1 and 8 with an extra support session offered Wednesday, March 20. Cost for the course is only $30. Class size is limited, so reservations are required. To sign up, call (843) 522-5570.  The Beaufort Medical Plaza is located at 989 Ribaut Road, Beaufort 29902.

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 to 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.

Infant Massage

Learn to massage your baby!  Join us for this four-class series and learn how to create a massage routine with your infant.  Infant Massage can help reduce stress, relieve discomfort from colic, improve baby’s sleep patterns, and promote bonding and attachment. Classes are for infants three weeks old to crawling and are taught by a Certified Educator of Infant Massage.  This class series is $60. For more information contact the Certified Educator of Infant Massage at 843-812-0321 or twomorehands@gmail.com. Pre-registration required.

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)

• Blood Sugar Checks (for Diabetes)

• 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

• CHiP 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)

3rd Tuesday: Coosawhatchie Senior Center (10-11)

1st Friday: Burton Wells Community Center (10-11)

2nd Friday: St. Helena Senior Center (10-11)

3rd Friday: Laurel Hill Apartments, Port Royal (10-1)

Dates and times subject to change. Call the CHiP Mobile Wellness Unit Program at (843) 522-5568 to schedule the Unit for your event.


January 2013 BLOOD DRIVES

• Thursday, January 10, Beaufort Academy, 240 Sams Point Road

Beaufort, from Noon – 3 p.m.

• Monday, January 14, at Callawassie Island, 22 Callawassie Club Drive

Okatie, from 8 – 11 a.m.

• Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services

721 Okatie Highway, Okatie, from 1 to 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, January 15, TCL, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, from 8 – 11 a.m.

• Monday, January 21, Whale Branch Early College High School, 169 Detour Road, Seabrook, from 8 a.m. – noon

• Wednesday, January 23, MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, 3481 Trask Parkway, Beaufort, Noon – 2:30 p.m.; and at Grays Hill Baptist Church, 2749 Trask Parkway, Beaufort, from 4 – 6:30 p.m.

• Sunday, January 27, Tabernacle Baptist Church, 907 Craven Street, Beaufort, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, 304 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, from 3 – 6 p.m.

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