Bay Area Hospital improves the health of our community through classes and other events that teach about coping with health problems, staying well, and improving your health. We offer many educational opportunities for the community, including:

  • Maternity/well baby classes: Our experienced nurses work closely with you and your healthcare provider to give you support throughout your pregnancy.
  • Support groups for those undergoing dialysis or living with Parkinson’s disease, cancer or other chronic conditions.
  • Diabetes education.
  • Pre-op classes

We provide continuing professional and medical education, such as advanced life support, to our healthcare providers, and varied in-services and workshops.

There are also many support groups in our community that can help you cope with challenging health issues.

Update:

Our Cancer Support Groups will resume at the pre-COVID location, dates, and times starting October 23rd:

  • Cancer Survivors: Every Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the South Coast Hospice Bereavement and Education Center located at 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay
  • Breast Cancer: The 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the South Coast Hospice Bereavement and Education Center located at 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay

If you have questions about our Cancer Support Groups, please contact Sam Ghattas at 541-297-8358

Notice:

In light of recent changes with the COVID-19 pandemic, all of Bay Area Hospital’s Community Health Education Classes are temporarily cancelled. Please check back on this page or on our Facebook page for further announcements regarding when classes will resume. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Classes

This gentle exercise class helps you relax and tone your body. It incorporates gentle stretches that strengthen and improve balance and posture. Class is held every other Monday and Thursday, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Pre-registration is NOT required.

Class cost is $1 per session, payable at the door.

For more information: Call (541) 888-4946

Location: Community Health & Education Center (CHEC) 3950 Sherman Ave. North Bend, OR 97459

If you have been told that you are a “borderline” diabetic, prediabetic, or glucose intolerant, or if you have diabetes in your family, are overweight and don’t exercise, have high blood pressure, or high triglycerides and cholesterol, you may be at risk for developing diabetes. This class will teach you how to make a few simple lifestyle changes that can slow or prevent the progression towards diabetes.

Come to this FREE, one-time class that will teach you how to make a few simple changes that can slow or prevent progression towards diabetes.

Classes are from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on select dates in January, April, July, and October

Location: Community Health and Education Center (CHEC)
3950 Sherman Avenue, North Bend

Please RSVP (541)266-7928 if you plan to attend.

Bay Area Hospital offers FREE monthly diabetes review classes on the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. These classes are designed to help you understand and manage your diabetes and find out what’s new and what may have changed in diabetes care.

Monthly topics include:

  • how to get exercise into your life (January and August)
  • meal planning (May and December)
  • kidney care (March, June and October)
  • medications (April and September)
  • low blood sugar, avoiding complications, foot care (November)
  • guest speaker TBA (November)

Family members or support persons are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is NOT required.

For more information: Call Rita Hoover at (541) 266-7928

Location: Community Health & Education Center (CHEC) 3950 Sherman Ave. North Bend, OR 97459

Bay Area Hospital offers FREE diabetes blood glucose screening on the fourth Thursday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m.

Blood sugar screening available each month. You should be screened if you: have a family history of diabetes, are over 45, are overweight, are inactive, have high blood pressure, have elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels, OR have a history of high blood sugar. For an accurate screening, you must fast for at least 6 hours before the test (including no coffee or tea) OR arrive approximately two hours after the start of breakfast.

Pre-registration is NOT required.

For more information: Call Rita Hoover at (541) 266-7928

Location: Bay Area Hospital Spruce Conference Room 1775 Thompson Road Coos Bay, OR 97420

Bay Area Hospital offers a diabetes self-management program designed to help you understand and manage your diabetes. This program consists of four classes and one individual appointment with a registered dietitian. To enroll, you must have a referral from a physician/ healthcare provider.

Topics include:

  • What is diabetes?
  • blood sugar testing
  • nutrition: meal planning, eating out and carbohydrate counting
  • medications
  • hypoglycemia
  • exercise
  • what to do when you’re ill
  • complications and foot care
  • effects of stress on diabetes
  • self-management
  • support and resources

For more information: Call (541) 269-8349

Diabetes can affect all aspects of your life. This supportive group can help you cope with the many challenges of managing diabetes and maintaining your physical and emotional health.

Pre-registration is NOT required.

Call for more information and location: 541-756-4387

Strong Heart Program

Strong Heart Program
Heart failure is a chronic illness, but it doesn’t have to disrupt your lifestyle.  Bay Area Hospital offers a life-enhancing program of education and support to help patients manage their illness.
The Strong Heart Program is available free to anyone with a current or previous diagnosis of heart failure. Its goal is to keep heart-failure patients healthy and active, by educating patients and family members about coping with the illness.

Bay Area Hospital offers FREE kidney care classes on the first Tuesday of March and October from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Chronic kidney disease is the progressive loss of kidney function. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can slow down and sometimes even stop this progression. Speakers from Fresenius Dialysis Center will offer tips and advice. Family members or support persons are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is NOT required.

For more information: Call Rita Hoover at (541) 266-7928

Location: Community Health & Education Center (CHEC) 3950 Sherman Ave. North Bend, OR 97459

South Coast Striders is an ongoing opportunity to share some time exploring the beautiful area of the South Coast of Oregon while enjoying the company of others. You can hike either short or long distances, but make sure to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so you can sign in and learn more about the hike. All events are FREE.

Before you begin a new exercise program, check with your physician.

For more information: Call (541) 269-8076.

Be tobacco free! Instruction and support can help you quit for good. Bay Area Hospital offers a free “Stop Tobacco Use Clinic.” This is a four class series and alternates months offering day classes and evening classes. Sessions are the first 4 Thursdays of the month. No registration required.

Day classes: 12 to 1:00 pm in January, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov (no Jan classes).

Evening Classes: 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, and Dec.

For more information or to register: Call (541) 269-8076

Location: Community Health & Education Center (CHEC) 3950 Sherman Ave. North Bend, OR 97459

Attend this FREE four-class series to learn cognitive behavioral therapy, a proven method of helping to conquer chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. “Train Your Brain” classes are held on the first four Tuesdays, every other month.

January, May, and September, classes are held from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
March, July, and November classes are held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pre-registration for the first Tuesday of the month will put you in all four classes. Family members or support persons are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register: Call (541) 269-8076.

Attend this FREE series of four classes to learn cognitive behavioral therapy, a proven method of helping to conquer chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Classes are held on the first four Tuesdays, every other month.

Pre-registration for the first Tuesday of the month will put you in all four classes.

Family members or support persons are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register: Call (541) 269-8076

Location: Community Health & Education Center (CHEC) 3950 Sherman Ave. North Bend, OR 97459

Support Groups

Anyone whose life is impacted by diabetes is invited to walk and talk. Exercise and support will help our health, and we can get a bit of both at this event. Join the group at Mingus Park in the covered shelter near the stage. Visit www.southcoastdiabetes.org for more information.

Location: Mingus Park covered shelter by stage

Phone: 541-756-9054

Program offers speakers and support. Caregivers only, please. No cost to attend, and no registration is required.

Location: Community Health Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave, North Bend

 

For Bariatrics education and support groups. Come hear about weight loss surgery and be inspired! Support groups are held quarterly in both Coos Bay and Roseburg. Please check out the Bay Bariatrics Facebook page for upcoming events and support groups.

Category: Bariatrics/Weight Management

Location: North Bend Medical Center

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-267-5151 ext 1526

The Breast Cancer Support Group has resumed meeting at the South Coast Hospice Bereavement and Education Center located at 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Bay Area Cancer Center is hosting a support group to help you live well with breast cancer! For those who have breast cancer, or are a support person for someone with breast cancer.

Location: South Coast Hospice Bereavement and Education Center, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420

Phone: 541-297-8358

The Cancer Treatment Support Group has resumed meeting at the South Coast Hospice Bereavement and Education Center located at 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. The group meets every Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For anyone who has or had cancer and those who care for them.

Location: South Coast Hospice Bereavement and Education Center, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-297-8358

Weekly meal, free or donation of choice. For those who need help and support in finding resources.

Every Saturday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Harmony United Methodist Church, 123 Ocean Blvd. SE, Coos Bay

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-267-4410

Group support for those living with extreme anxiety, panic, and depression.

Every Monday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Category: Stress Management

Location: Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-888-3202

Diabetes affects all aspects of your life. This supportive group can help you cope with the many challenges of managing diabetes and maintaining your physical and emotional health.

Call for more information and location

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-756-4387

If you have had Type 1 diabetes for a long time, or are fairly new at it, or have a family member/friend you’d like to be able to encourage, you are invited to come join us.

For more information and to sign up, call 541-269-8321

Category: Diabetes

Location: BAH Community Health and Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend, OR

A group that wants to serve your needs with speakers and time shared.

4th Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm.

For more information call 541-294-3690

Location: Coos Bay Library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay

Phone: 541-294-3690

This Free 12 week program is for family and friends who have a loved one with some form of mental illness.

Call to register, class size is limited.

Location: Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-888-3202

Come Learn & share with others living with Parkinson’s. Caregivers and family are welcome.

2nd Monday, 2-3pm at Baycrest Village.

For more information call 1-850-207-1469

Location: Baycrest Village, Coos Bay, OR

Be tobacco-free! Instruction and support can help you quit for good. Classes run as a 4 part series, and all classes in the series are on the first 4 Thursdays of the month. Please attend each class in order. No registration required.

Location: BAH Community Health Education Center (CHEC), 3950 Sherman Avenue, North Bend

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-269-8111

This group offers speakers & support for patients, family & friends to assist in living with the challenges of stroke.

Every 3rd Thursday, 3:30 – 4:00pm.

For information call 541-267-5221

Location: 2085 Inland Dr. Suite A, North Bend, OR

Cost: Free

Phone: 541-267-5221