Thursday, February 02, 2017
Lymphedema Support Group Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services hosts lymphedema support groups on the third Thursday of each month at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This months meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings will consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion amongparticipants. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or

Parkinsons Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a Parkinsons education and support group on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Manor House located at 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public. The group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, caregiver resource coordinator, CHEER, Sussex County. For more information, contact Tara at 629-6611, ext. 3838.

MHA names board of directors The Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) has announced its officers of the board of directors for 2017. Serving as president is Lawrence G. Boyer, DuPont retiree; J. Carlton Gardner Jr., director of pediatrics, emeritus, Nermous/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children will serve as vice president; Cherya A. Santaniello, Esq., associate attorney, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor of PNC Bank is treasurer; and Patricia Daniels will serve as secretary. Emily Vera, LCSW has assumed the role of executive director having served the agency in several capacities over the last seven years. The mission of the Mental Health Association in Delaware promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support and advocacy. For more information about mental health or MHA in Delaware, call 302-654-6833 or 800-287-6423 in Kent or Sussex county.

Dr. Gireesh joins Nanticoke Nanticoke Health Services welcomes Arvind K. Gireesh, MD, FACC to its active medical staff. Dr. Gireesh is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases and is accepting new patients at Nanticoke Cardiology in Seaford. Dr. Gireesh received his doctor of medicine from the Saba University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands Antilles. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and his cardiology and interventional cardiology training at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass. Dr. Gireesh is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Weight Loss Seminars Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

The next seminars will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 18. These free seminars are designed to provide education to individuals considering weight loss surgery to help them make informed decisions on whether surgery is an appropriate option. The seminars will consist of educational presentations by Dr. Tarek Waked to inform individuals about the many benefits of weight loss surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this seminar or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit or 302-536-5395.

Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Meetings will be held in February on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Monday, Feb. 27. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public. Support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide useful information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this support group or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit or call 536-5395.

Journaling For Wellness On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m., Cancer Support Community DE and Nanticoke Cancer Care Center will collaborate to offer a free workshop, Journaling For Wellness. Journaling is one way that cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers can care for themselves. Writing down your thoughts gives you an opportunity to work out your feelings and emotions, which may help you relax and find reasons to be happier and more hopeful about the future. Join Mariann Wolskee, LCSW and learn how journaling can promote wellness. The workshop will be held in the Resource Library, Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, 701 Middleford Rd., Seaford. Refreshments will be provided. Register in advance at 645-9150 to reserve your spot.

Diabetes Education Program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a four-session diabetes education program, The Diabetes Connection, on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. As a person with diabetes, Nanticoke can be part of your healthcare team to help teach you the self-care skills needed to keep you on track. Our four-session diabetic program includes weekly education sessions in a group setting.One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. To register or for more information about this course, contact Nanticokes Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.