Support groups offered by Beaufort Memorial Hospital

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 Thursday 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.  Meets 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, September 17 at 6 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.

Freedom From Smoking®

If you are interested in quitting smoking, BMH can help. The next Freedom From Smoking classes will begin Tuesday, August 14th  from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Lifefit Wellness Center located on the first floor of the Beaufort Medical Plaza, 989 Ribaut Road, on the campus of Beaufort Memorial Hospital.  This is the American Lung Association’s program to help people break the habit of smoking.   The classes run for seven weeks over eight nights and are offered free of charge to BMH employees, $20 for immediate Family Members, and $60 to the General Public. You will learn why you smoke, what your triggers are and how to handle them, and stress management techniques before you actually quit on the fourth session.

Class size is limited, so please call LifeFit at 522-5635 to secure your place. The complete schedule for the classes is as follows: August 14, August 21, August 28, September 4, September 6, September 11, September 18, and September 25.  All classes are on Tuesdays EXCEPT for September 6,  which is on Thursday, two days after quit day for additional support.  Be sure to call (843)522-5635 to reserve your seat.

Cardiac Support Group

A free program for patients and caregivers dealing with heart disease.  Meets 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.  Meets the 2nd Wednesday 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.

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.  Classes are for infants three weeks old to crawling and are taught by a Certified Educator of Infant Massage.  To register, call or e-mail Dixie Slichter at Beaufort Memorial Hospital; (843) 522-5570 or dlslichter@bmhsc.org. Classes available in Beaufort and Bluffton.

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: Ladys Island Fire Station (9-12)

4th Monday: Callawassie (8-12)


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

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

4th Tuesday: Hardeeville Senior Center (10-11)


4th Wednesday: Former Goody’s Clothing, Bluffton (9-12)


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.


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