Support Groups

St.Margaret's support groups

We all need  someone to talk to sometimes. St. Margaret’s support groups offer that listening ear. Share your story, meet with people in similar situations, or  learn how to  cope.

All support groups are held in St. Margaret’s First Floor Presentation Room, unless otherwise noted.

1-on-1 Support

At St. Margaret’s Hospital, your grief and your time are important to us!

While we try to include a variety of times and options for our groups, we also understand that you and your needs are unique. Worried you can’t make it to a group? Worried your needs are different than others? Afraid to open up in front of others? If you are grieving and have any of these doubts, than 1-on-1 support is the option for you! Our social workers are available by appointment. Any age is welcome and any type of grief is encouraged.

Our individual grief support is individualized to meet specific needs. Our appointments can be offered in 30 or 60 minute increments.

Call (815) 664-1402 for more information.

Grief Support Group

Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6pm At the hospital’s 6th Street Building Conference Room. 1305 6th Street, Peru. Parking is best in lot off 7th Street – Enter west side door.

Contact Joan Fernandez at or call (815) 780-4618 for more information.

Compassionate Friends

For families who have lost a child through death Fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. IVCH 6th Street Building (just east of the emergency entrance.

Contact Rita Studzinski, (815) 223-7663

Rebound Meeting

The Breast Cancer Support Group, “Rebound,” of St. Margaret’s Hospital, is open to all persons affected by breast cancer.

Interested parties may call (815) 339-6480 for details.

Stella Recovery

A peer-led self-help group Sponsored by North Central Behavioral Health Systems Every other Friday from 2 – 3pm Conference Room 2R #2.

Contact Sarah Vollmer at (815) 481-0237.

Illinois Valley Cancer Support Group

Open to anyone who has any type of cancer.

6pm. on the second Monday of each month in the Special Procedures conference room near the West Street entrance to St. Margaret’s Health – Peru.

For more information, call the Community Outreach Department at (815) 780-4618.

Sister Support Breast Cancer

First Thursday of each month at 1pm Conference Room C.

Contact Pat Inda at (815) 223-7878. (not yet back in session)

Pink Ribbon Club Breast Cancer Support Group

Fourth Wednesday of every month from 5:30pm – 7pm At First Congregational Church in Peru, 1431 4th Street, Peru.

Contact Pat Inda at (815) 223-7878.

Look Good…Feel Better®

Program Helps Women Overcome Effects of Cancer Treatment.

The Look Good…Feel Better® program will be offered to residents of the Illinois Valley at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley on Thurs., Apr. 20 and Wed., Oct. 11th from 1-3pm. This free program is a joint effort between the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. The session is free, but registration is requested to ensure the proper make-up kit and materials are available for each participant.

To register for either program or for additional information, please contact Lynette at (815) 664-1440.

“Look Good…Feel Better® is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance,” says Nicole Killion, Patient Services Representative with the American Cancer Society. “Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting with others in the same situation. And the free make-up and instruction from professionals helps them look and feel better.”

According to the American Cancer Society, there are dozens of anti-cancer drugs in use today, each with its own set of possible side effects. Possible appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation include: hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows or lashes; weight gain or loss; changes in skin pigmentation and texture; skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth rate.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The Illinois Division has more than 120,000 volunteers and staff fighting cancer in the state.

For the most up-to-date cancer related information and to join the fight against cancer, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit

Turning Point (HIV-AIDS Support Group)

Third Wednesday of every month | 6pm
(location not disclosed for confidentiality purposes)

Call (815) 664-1440 for information.

Cardiac Chat

Second Tuesday of every month | 3 – 4pm

First Floor Presentation Room.

For those wanting information regarding congestive heart failure, or any other heart-related issues. The goal of Cardiac Chat is for individuals to learn the skills that help manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Family members are encouraged to also attend and bring questions.

Attend for the whole hour or just stop in during the scheduled time. Staff members from various departments in the hospital will be on hand monthly to answer various questions:

  • Nurse – blood pressure, pulse and weight
  • Durable Medical Equipment – questions about medical equipment, oxygen
  • Social services – see what resources are available in the community – home health, etc.
  • Pharmacist – discuss and answer any questions about medications
  • Cardiac Rehab – discuss physical activity and smoking cessation
  • Dietitians – dietary changes and weight management
  • Managed Care – answer any questions about insurance/Medicare plans

Dr. David Thompson from Heartcare Midwest will be at our October 8th meeting to answer your heart-related questions.

For more information regarding “Cardiac Chat,” please call (815) 664-1118.

Live Life Pre- & Post-Transplpant Support Group

First and Third Mondays of each month at 6pm 6th Street Building Conference Room.

Contact Joan Fernandez at (815) 780-4618 for more information.

Possibilities DBSA of IL Valley Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

Second Monday of each month at 6:30pm Sixth Street Conference Room.

Contact Joan Fernandez at (815) 780-4618 for more information.

Epilepsy Support Group

Second Thursday of every month at 6pm, Lighted Way building, 641 6th Street, LaSalle.

Contact Erika Fleck, (815) 414-8655

Parkinson’s Support Group

First Monday of every month | 1-3:30pm Spring Valley
(no meeting in January, July, September, and December).


3rd Tuesday of each month | 2pm at Liberty Village, 1107 31st Street, Peru

Contact: (815)224-2200

SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) – Medicare Insurance Assistance

First and third Mondays of every month | 1-3 p.m.

Patient Accounts Center

Caring Friends Alzheimer’s Support Group

First Monday of every month | 1-3:30pm
(no meeting in January, July, September, and December).

SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) – Medicare Insurance Assistance

3rd Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the St. Paul Episcopal Church Hall at 344 Joliet Street, LaSalle, Illinois 61301.

(This group previously met at the Peru Library.)