Classes, Support & Events at Banner – University Medical Center  

Support Groups


Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is dedicated to our patients making a full recovery. Below are the support groups we offer: 


Cooking for Health (cancer-related nutrition)
Chef Madelyn Pryor covers cancer-related nutrition topics. This cooking demonstration and tasting features vegan menus loaded with antioxidants, phytochemicals, high fiber, low-fat and healthy dairy alternatives. Recipes included.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 6 - 7:30 p.m., Fourth Monday of each month   
  • Where: Prenatal Classroom. This is located in the Ancillary Building, 3rd floor and off the blue elevators in the main lobby just to the left of the main entrance. You may valet park at the main entrance or park in the parking garage. We will validate your valet/parking ticket so parking is free for you
  • RSVP: Please call (602) 712-1006


Grief Support Group
The Grief Recovery® Outreach Programs are 12-week educational programs guiding participants in the return to a full life. The recovery process can enable one to achieve a sense of meaning and joy even though life is different. Grief Recovery® Specialists lead these programs.

  • Cost: $15
  • When: See our schedule
  • Details: Call Rev. Cindy Darby at (480) 657-1167


Joint Replacement Education
Patients receiving a total knee or hip replacement are encouraged to attend our free joint replacement class. Trained orthopedic nurses from our inpatient unit teach this class, as well as our inpatient physical and occupational therapists.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Every Wednesday (times vary) 
  • Where: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
  • Call: For information about upcoming classes, please call Orthopedic Nurse Navigator Diane Severin at (602) 839-0612

Pulmonary Fibrosis 

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix hosts a support group for patients and caregivers of those diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.   This group meets monthly to provide support and learn from other patients who share this diagnosis. Speakers will discuss various topics related to pulmonary fibrosis, including treatments, medical management and other disease specific issues.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Second Friday of each month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Sandstone North Conference Room (next to the gift shop in the main lobby) 
  • Parking: Visitor parking garage near the entrance. Parking will be validated
  • Questions? Call Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix  Advanced Lung Disease Services at (602) 255-7600
  • No RSVP required


Connect with others dealing with stroke-related issues. Open to patients, family and caregivers. Join us for this free monthly CARF-certified support group meeting and know that you are not alone! Reservations not required.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month
    2015 Schedule  
  • Where: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Rehabilitation Institute at 1012 E. Willetta - 2nd floor Main Gym
  • Parking: Directly in front of the Rehab Institute
  • Information: (602) 839-2317

Transplant Patients

Liver Transplant Support Group
A support group for liver transplant patients and caregivers is available on a regular basis, hosted by the Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 6:30 - 8 p.m., first Tuesday of each month    
    Where: Sandstone North Conference Room (next to the gift shop in the main lobby) 
  • Parking: Visitor parking garage near the entrance. Parking will be validated
  • Questions? Call Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix  Transplant Services at (602) 839-0219
  • No RSVP required

Vestibular Support Group
Vestibular disorders are associated with the parts of the inner ear and brain that process sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. Patients who experience vestibular issues are encouraged to attend our free Vestibular Support Group. Reservations not required.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Noon to 1 p.m., third Thursday of the month. Group meets quarterly 
  • Where: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix  Rehabilitation Institute at 1012 E. Willetta - 2nd floor in Conference Room B
  • Information: (602) 839-2317

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1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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