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Support Groups


Nicotine Anonymous

DeKalb Medical
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033

This is a 12-step program to help you quit nicotine and to provide ongoing support. No registration required.
FEE Free DAY Every Friday TIME 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. INFO 404.244.8444 (Nicotine Anonymous Hotline)

Gamblers Anonymous

DeKalb Medical
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Contact: 404.237.7281 for more information.


For each person whose life is touched by cancer, the journey is unique. Whether you have been personally diagnosed with the disease or have a friend or loved one who has been, the experience can be scary and overwhelming. How to cope with the diagnosis, treatment and life changes is different for each person, but one common need for all people dealing with cancer is a good support system. DeKalb Medical has some of the best cancer support groups in Atlanta including cancer classes, consultations and resources.

What cancer classes, cancer support groups and resources are available?

DeKalb Medical offers nationally recognized cancer support groups for survivors and their loved ones. There is no required commitment. Come when you can and participate as you are able. All cancer classes, programs and resources are free and available to all patients, regardless of whether you were treated at DeKalb Medical or not. Call 404.501.EASY today and find out the many ways that DeKalb Medical can help you push beyond cancer. These cancer classes and support groups include:


Department of Pastoral Services - 404.501.5148

Medical_Main_Chaplains McClellon D. Cox
D.Min. BCC - Director of Pastoral Care
Joyce Young
M.Div. BCC - Associate Chaplain
Townley B. McGiffert, Jr.
M.Div BCC - Associate Chaplain
Janet Speer

Within the context of the mission and vision of the DeKalb Regional Health System, the Department of Pastoral Care attends to the spiritual needs of those in need. As board certified professional chaplains, we attend to the spiritual needs of the patients, families, physicians and staff of our related facilities. It is our mission to nourish the soul of the hospital, assisting any endeavor that advances the wellbeing of our community. We do this through teaching, listening, praying and helping to identify the spiritual needs of those who need our services.

Service of Hope and Healing

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Place: DeKalb Medical, Stubbs Auditorium, 2665 Professional Building

This ecumenical service is open to all who wish to participate in seeking God’s grace: patients, family members, physicians, employees, volunteers, building tenants and the DeKalb Medical community. Join us for music, prayer and spiritual inspiration. Contact the Pastoral Care department for more information or for our next scheduled service.

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be dropped off in the prayer boxes located in the chapel areas in each of our hospital locations. The Pete & Jerri Pike Chapel is located on the 1st floor of the North Decatur location near the central admission and information desk. A prayer box is located in the chapel at Hillandale and in the meditation area at the Downtown Decatur Hospital.

Grief Groups

In response to many requests for a grief group, Pastoral Services is pleased to offer this service to families who have lost a loved one or suffered some other loss. The group will deal with different types and stages of grief, as well as the spiritual and practical issues involved. The group will be led by Reverend T. J. McGiffert and Reverend Joyce Young. If you or any member of your family would like to attend, please call 404.501.5148 to inquire about our next group session.

Other Services

  • Upon request, chaplains will meet with employees and patients for individual sessions as may be required
  • Spiritual support of patients, families and staff
  • Diversity education
  • Staff development in areas of team building and conflict resolution
  • Crisis intervention/emergency calls. Critical Incident Stress Management interventions (CISM)
  • Community presentations (seminars, worship, etc.)
  • Distribution of Bibles and spiritual literature to patients
  • Facilitation of Support Groups
  • Liaison with community religious organizations


DeKalb Medical offers several pregnancy support groups as well as classes to help you with parenting. These groups bring together moms and dads who are experiencing pregnancy and find it useful to talk with others going through the same experience. Pregnancy support groups can help relieve the anxiety and stress of pregnancy and parenthood. Registration is easy and can be done by calling 404.501.WELL (9355).

Baby Talk Support Group

Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower, Classroom 3040
2701 North Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033

A weekly mother-to-mother support group facilitated by a certified lactation consultant. This amazing group has been in existence for over 10 years, supporting and empowering each other in being a breastfeeding mom. Baby weight checks are also available.
FEE Free DAY TH TIME 11:00 a.m.- 12:00p.m. LOCATION The Women's and Surgery Center room 3040 INFO 404.501.WELL

Fee: $0.00

New Parents Support Group

This support group offers camaraderie and information of interest to new parents, and babies are welcome. The group meets in the 4th floor classroom of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower at DeKalb Medical at North Decatur. Parents of infants up to 6 months old meet on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., while parents of infants ages 6 months to 1 year meet on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-noon. Registration is not required for this free meeting. For more information, call 404.501.WELL (9355).

Infant Bereavement Support Group

For those patients who experience a loss of their infant, please contact Rachel's Gift. This organization sponsors an Infant Loss Support Group at our main hospital campus.

Support Group Day/Time/Location Information
1st Thursday of each month at 7pm
DeKalb Medical Women's Center
2701 North Decatur Road | Decatur, Georgia 30033
4th Floor, Classroom 4040
Facilitator: Omi Dobbins

Rachel's Gift Contact Information
Help Line: 404-277-5334
Email: info@rachelsgift.org


Support group meetings are free and open to all potential and post bariatric surgery patients, including significant others, family, friends, and coworkers. Research has demonstrated that patients who routinely participate in support groups have greater success in maintaining long-term weight loss.

Meetings are held at:

DeKalb Medical, Stubbs Auditorium
2665 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404.501.7081

NOTE: Please Use the Wellness Center Entrance after 7:00 pm.

Obesity Support Group

Open meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday and the last Monday of each month 7:30 PM – 9:00PM. These meetings are to discuss the physical and psychological implications of bariatric surgery. We acknowledge the pounds lost and focus on what we have gained since our surgery. We recognize that the patient is not the only person whose life is transformed by this surgery; for that reason we encourage significant others, family members, and friends to attend. Facilitated by Dr. Stephen Ritz, Psychologist.

Surgical Weight Loss Center – Post Surgery

A Post surgery group for those just after surgery up to 1 year post-op meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month 7:30 – 9:00PM. This group addresses immediate post-op concerns of nutrition, physical and psychological changes, and successes of our patients. Facilitated by Dr. Stephen Ritz, Psychologist.

A veteran’s group for those 12+ months post- op meets on the 3rd Monday of each month 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. This group addresses the more long-term changes, as well as unexpected challenges and adjustments that accompany weight loss. This group is invaluable for maintaining a successful focus. Facilitated by Dr. Stephen Ritz, Psychologist.

Surgical Weight Loss Center – Open Support Group Meeting

An open interactive and event support group meeting the last Thursday of each month 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. This group will incorporate exercise, cooking demo’s, and other events that patients would like to participate in. This support group will be an interactive and hands on meeting. Facilitated by Kathy Kemp, Bariatric Coordinator.


Diabetes Workshop

DeKalb Medical
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Workshops are available at the North Decatur and Hillandale campuses. Contact: Diabetes Education at 404.501.1790 for more information.

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

DeKalb Medical, Stubbs Auditorium
2665 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30030

Led by a psychologist, this group is for weight loss surgery patients, family, friends and anyone considering weight loss surgery.
FEE Free DAY 3rd W and last M of each month TIME 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. LOCATION Stubbs Auditorium INFO 404.501.7081

Veteran's Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

For weight-loss surgery patients who are at least 12 months post-op, and their family and friends. FEE Free DAY 3rd M of each month TIME 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. LOCATION Stubbs Auditorium INFO 404.501.7081

Stroke Club

DeKalb Medical
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033

This free support group is open to all stroke survivors, their families and friends. We meet at DeKalb Medical - North Decatur Campus in the Cafeteria Board Room, on the ground floor next to the cafeteria exit.
FEE Free DAY 1st SA of each month, except July and Dec. TIME 1:30 p.m. INFO 404.501.WELL

Return to Wellness Exercise Class

Innovative exercise program for cancer survivors who have completed their treatments and want to take an active role in their physical recovery. Eight-week sessions meet weekly and last one hour. INFO 404.501.5701 to sign up.
FEE Free DAY Every Wednesday TIME 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

2701 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
Patient Inquiries: 404.501.5200

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