In our effort to promote community wellness, we sponsor and co-sponsor a wide range of FREE support groups. Support groups provide an opportunity or persons with health-related problems to express their feelings and talk with others in similar circumstances. Our facilitators also invite speakers who provide knowledgeable, up-to-date advice and counsel to assist individuals and families who are experiencing these diseases or problems. We believe that emotional and physical well-being go hand-in-hand.

Click here for the Monthly Calendar of Events, including support group meeting dates.

Arthritis Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Shaw Medical Building
For more information, contact OMC Rehabilitation Services at 417-257-5959.

Living with Diabetes
Living with Diabetes provides education to individuals with diabetes and caregivers of diabetics. OMC was awarded American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for its diabetes self-management education program in 2014 for a four-year period. In order to earn Education Recognition, a program must meet national standards and guidelines, including having a staff of knowledgeable health professionals to provide comprehensive information about diabetes management. OMC’s Living with Diabetes program is open to anyone wanting to learn about diabetes management. It is held the third Monday of each month from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The cost of the program is $25 and lunch is included. Living with Diabetes includes presentations by a registered nurse, dietician, physical therapist and pharmacist. During the class, participants learn about the possible health complications associated with diabetes, receive education on the importance of nutrition in managing diabetes, plan an individualized exercise program; learn how diabetes medicine works to decrease blood glucose levels, identify emotional and economic sources of support and information, and learn about the importance of self monitoring. According to the ADA, there are 25.8 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes; including 7 million who are unaware they have the disease. Approximately 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people ages 20 years or older in 2010. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without the disease. For more information or to enroll in the Living with Diabetes program, contact OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Shaw Medical Building.
For more information, call Dianna Sigert at 417-256-9111.

Alzheimer's Support Group
Fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Riverways Adult Daycare
For more information, call 417-255-2965.

Diabetes Support Group
This group is open to those with diabetes, who are pre-diabetic, friends and family of those with diabetes or any one interested in learning more about the condition. For more information about diabetes education or diabetes support groups, contact OMC Education Services at 417-257-6793.

Look Good, Feel Better
Through the Look Good...Feel Better Program, caring professionals in the beauty industry teach women how to overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Session includes complimentary makeup from cosmetic companies. For more information or to rsvp, contact the American Cancer Society at 417-447-1475.