You are using an older version of Internet Explorer that is not supported on this site. Please upgrade for the best experience.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center offers three new support groups

June 14, 2016

Baystate Franklin Medical Center is now offering three new support groups for individuals with special needs in our community. All three groups are free; pre-registration is not necessary.

The Caregiver Support Group was formed to support caregivers in the emotionally and physically taxing role of taking care of loved ones who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to take care of themselves. All caregvers and family members are welcome. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 2 – 3 pm, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, 48 Sanderson Street, Greenfield (BFMC’s Medical Office Building). The first meeting will take place Tuesday, June 14, 2 pm. For more information on the Caregiver Support Group, contact Poppi Kelley, 413-325-4050.

The second new group, the Stroke Support Group, held its first meeting in May; the group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, 10 – 11 am, Conference Room C. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, June 21. Light refreshments will be available. Diane Stephan, RN, BSN, Emergency Department nurse educator and stroke coordinator at BFMC, will facilitate the group. The goals of the new support group are to promote an atmosphere of caring and cooperation, promote new goals and friendships for stroke survivors and their families and caregivers, and to renew hope and encourage independence. All stroke survivors, their family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information on the Stroke Support Group, contact Diane Stephan, 413-773-2641, or email

Newly formed this winter, the Amputee Support Group has a goal of assisting amputees in their daily lives by offering them the opportunity to share ideas and support each other. Sohail Waien, MD, BFMC hospitalist, facilitates this group. The Amputee Support Group generally meets the third Thursday of the month, 5 – 6:30 pm, in the BFMC Conference Rooms, off the main entrance. As there are exceptions to the schedule, attendees should request a detailed schedule. The next meeting will take place Thursday, June 23 (fourth Thursday) in Conference Room C. Friends and family members are also welcome. For more information, contact