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Support Groups 


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Alzheimer's Support Group

Information and education on how to care for a patient with Alzheimer's disease. Family members, caregivers, or patients with any form of dementia are welcome to attend this group. Discussion topics include signs of problems and care within the home. Guest speakers present on topics including legal issues with attorneys and medical issues with physicians and other medical professionals. Hosted by the Laurel Highlands Alzheimer's Foundation.

Meets the second Monday of each month
7 - 9 pm
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Main Campus
Clinical Pavillion, CT1009
1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 266-7881


Bariatric Support Group

A secure and friendly environment for those that have had weight loss surgery or are interested in learning more about surgery. Group members receive up-to-date weight loss information, consider issues in context of the history of obesity, and have the opportunity to discuss personal or professional issues that arise from losing weight. Education is also provided for nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification skills. The support group is hosted by a dietitian and bariatric coordinator. Studies have shown that bariatric patients who regularly attend support group meetings and follow-up with their surgeon have the greatest long-term success.

Meets the first Wednesday of every month
6 - 7:30 pm
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Main Campus
Good Samaritan Building, Discharge Lobby
1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 539-8725


Bereavement Support Group

The journey of grief is a personal process and the feeling of being alone can be normal. To acknowledge one's own grief is the first step toward healing. Healing is not forgetting. A level of comfort may be achieved through sharing stories of loved ones and listening to similar stories from others. Bereavement support provides an opportunity to meet with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and network with other individuals to assist in the completion of the grief process. This group is hosted by Conemaugh Regional Hospice.

Meets the third Tuesday of each month
5 - 6 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5241


Brain Injury Support Group

This group is open to any individual, family member, or caregiver affected by a brain injury or stroke. An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Stroke, an acquired brain injury, is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Although many functional abilities may be restored after injury, recover is an ongoing process. The open forum meeting includes informal discussions, sharing of personal stories, and guest speakers. This group also provides education and information for survivors and caregivers, enabling them to maintain a positive attitude.

Meets the last Thursday of each month
3 - 4:30 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5248


Cancer - All Cancers Support Group

This group offers support, information, and encouragement for patients, survivors, and caregivers dealing with any type of cancer diagnosis.

Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 534-1676


Cancer - Women's Cancer Support Group

This group welcomes women over the age of 20 affected by any form of cancer. Any woman, whether newly diagnosed, in the midst of chemotherapy, or cancer-free for years, is welcome to attend.

Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month
6 - 8 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 266-9194


Chronic Pain Support Group

This group is open to any individual suffering with chronic pain. More than 100 million American adults have chronic pain or pain that lasts more than about twelve weeks. This group offers support, validation, and education in basic pain management and life skills. The open forum meeting includes pain related topics, activities, or guest speakers decided upon by the group.

Meets the second Monday of each month
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 534-3797


Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Support Group

CMT is an inherited neurological disorder affecting the nerves that control muscles in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. Over time, these nerves deterioriate. CMT is a hereditary disorder and family medical history of CMT patients should be reviewed thoroughly to assist in proper diagnosis.

Meets the fourth Saturday of each month
1 - 3 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA
Phone: (814) 539-2341


Diabetes Support Group

This group is for any individual over the age of 18 who has or is caring for someone with diabetes. The group is led by a Registered Nurse who is a Certified Diabetic Educator. The open forum provides encouragement, up-to-date information and fellowship from others living with diabetes.

Meets the first Tuesday of each month, excluding January and February
1 - 2:30 pm
6 - 7:30 pm *
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Lee Campus
Conemaugh Diabetes Institute, First Floor
320 Main Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
Phone: (814) 534-6800 or 1-866-641-3828

*Services offered to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center and Conemaugh Miners Medical Center via live video during this session.


Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Support Group

Socialize and network with other families. Learn about programs, resources, and related services. Monthly topics focus on infants, children, and teen issues. Supervised play area for children up to age 10  - Must RSVP. Beverages provided. Please feel free to bring a light snack to share.

Meets the third Sunday of each month
6 - 8 pm
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
202 West Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501
For more information or to RSVP, call Tamie at (814) 445-4329 or (814) 233-1580.


Epilepsy Support Group

Epilepsy is a chronic or life-long neurological condition involving recurrent, unprovoked seizures. It is the most common disorder of the central nervous system and can vary in onset from early childhood to late adulthood. It affects approximately 1% of the general population. This group is hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Western / Central Pennsylvania.

Meets the first Tuesday of each month
3 - 4:30 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 799-0345


Frank E. Mayak ALS Support Group

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease", is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As the disease progresses the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. After Frank E. Mayak's death from ALS, his wife, Shirley, and his family wished to be sure those living with ALS, their families, friends, and survivors would be able to find support and information.

Meets second Wednesday of each month
3 - 4:30 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5241


HIV / AIDS Support Group

This group provides a secure and friendly environment for individuals living with HIV / AIDS. Group members receive up-to-date information and support through interactions with positive peers.

For more information, including meeting dates and times, call Community Care Management at (814) 534-3032 or 1-866-429-1583.


Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling, disease that attacks the central nervous system which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

Meets the second Monday of each month
7 - 8 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avene, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5241


Operation Family Caregiver

Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) coaches the families of returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties that come with coming home. OFC is a personalized program, tailored specifically to the struggles of each family. Through proven methods, the program teaches military families the skills needed to best navigate their challenges, resulting in stronger and healthier families. 

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Ostomy Support Group

This group provides a secure and friendly environment for individuals living with an ostomy. The group is hosted by ostomy nurses and guest speakers may attend. Group members receive up-to-date information and support through interactions with positive peers.

Meets quarterly on a Wednesday
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Main Campus
Good Samaritan Building, Myron C. Conference Room
1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 534-6840


Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that involves primarily a degeneration of specific nerve cells deep in the area of the brain. These cells make the neurochemical dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for messages in the brain that control normal movement. When there is no dopamine, the end result is stiffness, and tremor and balance problems. Treatment varies from person to person and focuses on symptom management. Goals is this group include offering friendship, support, and encouragement to Parkinson's patients and caregivers; educational information; and providing a warm, supportive atmosphere.

Meets the third Wednesday of each month
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5241


Sleep Disorders Support Group

This support group provides information and support for those with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. 

Meets every Third Thursday
6 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
Community Room, Suite 2400
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 534-6450