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At DeKalb Medical we realize that your treatment and support doesn't end with surgery. We offer a multidisciplinary program both before and after surgery. The staff at the Comprehensive Weight Loss Center understand that the key to your success is long term follow-up and support. We are with you on you journey to achieve success and long term wellness.

The meetings are held twice a month and focus on the physical and emotional aspects leading up to the surgery as well as following 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.  
Support Groups meetings are held at:

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

All meetings are free and we encourage everyone to participate.

Third Wednesday of Every Month
This group is open to all and addresses concerns and celebrations pre and post surgery. We acknowledge our transformations and offer encouragement and support. We discuss challenges as well as positive changes that are happening in our lives. This support group is facilitated by Dr. Stephen Ritz, Psychologist.

Last Thursday of Every Month
This group is open to all and addresses concerns and celebrations pre and post surgery. We acknowledge our transformations and offer encouragement and support. We discuss challenges as well as positive changes that are happening in our lives. We also incorporate exercise, recipes, and nutrition. This group is facilitated by Kathy Kemp, MBSC.

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

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

This weekly mother-to-mother support group facilitated by a certified lactation consultant that has been supporting and empowering breastfeeding moms for more than 20 years. Baby weight checks are also available.

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

Fee: No Fee
Click here
to register.

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

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