Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Support Groups

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center offers a wide variety of support groups for both Veterans and family members. Talk with a social worker in your Prime Care Clinic for more information.

Amputee Support Group
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, 3 p.m. in Nursing Unit 2A Dining Room. For more information, contact group facilitators Stacy Flynn, PT at (713) 794-7819 or Rosa Lane-Smith, LMSW, at (713) 791-1414, ext. 24034.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
This group meets the last Tuesday of each month, 12 p.m., in the Cancer Center Family Room, 4C-365.  Facilitators: Gail Menchaca, RN, at 713-791-1414, ext. 23924 and Paula Abraham, Dr.PH, at 713-791-1414, ext. 25268.

Cancer Support Group 
The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 11a.m. - 12 p.m., in the Cancer Center Conference Room, 4C-345. Facilitators: Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, 713-791-1414, ext. 25273 and Beth Addison, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, ext. 25641.  Participants can participate in person or via phone.  Contact a facilitator to RSVP and for instructions on how to participate via phone.

Cardiac ICD Support Group
This group meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 2 p.m., in the Cardiology Department Patient Education Room (3rd Floor West).  Facilitators:  Jean Uy, RN, at 713-794-7363 and Regina Bell, RN, at 713-791-1414, ext. 22305.

Caregiver Support Group
This group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 1 p.m., in Nursing Unit 2D, Room 2C-250. This group is for family and caregivers of Veterans in the early or late stage of Alzheimer’s disease/other dementias who reside in the Community Living Center or community.  For more information, contact Jessica Calleo, PhD., at 713-791-1414, ext. 26311.

Depression and Bipolar Support Group for Veterans

This group meets every Tuesday, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at the MEDVAMC Domiciliary located at 7329 Fannin Street.  For more information, contact Anthony Morris at 713-791-1414, ext 22323.

Liver Transplant Support Group
The group meets every Tuesday, 3 - 4 p.m., in Room, 5B-166. Group facilitator: Juleena Masters, LCSW, (713) 791-1414, ext. 26286

Lung Cancer Support Group 
This group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 4 p.m., in Bldg. 121, Room 122. Participants can participate in person or via phone.  Contact a facilitator to RSVP and for instructions on how to participate via phone.  Facilitators: Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, 713-791-1414, ext. 25273 and Beth Addison, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, ext. 25641.

MOVE! Weight Management Support Group
The group meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 9 a.m., in Prime Care Clinic 5. Group facilitator:  Jordyn Forsyth at (713) 791-1414, ext. 26166 or 24295.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group 
This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 1- 2 p.m., in Nursing Unit 2A Dayroom, Room 2B-210. Facilitators: Angelica Rivera, PT, Rosa Lane-Smith, LMSW, and Rose Galicia, LCSW. Contact: 713-791-1414 ext. 24034 or 27951.    

Parkinson's Disease Education/Support Group (PADRECC)
This group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 1 - 2:30 p.m., in the 2A Dining Room (2B-210).  Contact group facilitator:  Dr. Pamela Willson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE (713) 794-7287 for topic schedule.
 
Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., in the Cancer Center Conference Room 4C-345. Facilitators: Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, 713-791-1414, ext. 25273 and Beth Addison, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, ext. 25641.  Participants can participate in person or via phone.  Contact a facilitator to RSVP and for instructions on how to participate via phone.

Stroke Support Group
This group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3 – 4 p.m., in the Nursing Unit 2A Dining Room.  Contact group facilitators Kathryn Kertz, OTR at (713) 791-1414, ext. 24192 or Laura Lawhon, RKT at (713) 794-7816

Vet to Vet Support and Education Group
This peer education and support group meets every Wednesday, 6 – 7 p.m., in Room 6B-118 and every Thursday, 9 – 10 a.m., in Room 6B-117 and 11 a.m. – noon in Room 6C-167.   For more information, contact Dr. Charlie Nguyen at (713) 791-1414 ext. 24565.