Events & Classes

We are pleased to offer a wide range of wellness programs, support groups and health screenings to help you pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Online registration is available for many of our classes and events. Please look for the Register symbol to the right of the class name. When registering online, you will receive an email from WordPress confirming that your registration was received.

Telephone registration may also be available for certain classes. Please refer to the registration number for the specific program you are registering for.

Please search by Category below,  or Click here to see ALL EVENTS.

Cancer Support

Look Good, Feel Better

Date: August 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

For women undergoing cancer treatment, this FREE program is designed to teach beauty techniques to help overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Free cosmetic kits are provided to participants.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. US Route 6., Morris

Phone: To register by phone, call 815-364-8915

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Date: August 20, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

This FREE support group is for people with head and neck cancer or a history of head and neck cancer. The support group will provide an opportunity to meet people with similar challenges. The group is lead by a Morris Hospital speech pathologist and oncology nurse who can offer assistance with navigating through the illness and the rehabilitation process.

Location: Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. US Route 6., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-364-8915

I Can Cope

Date: September 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

I Can Cope is a free support group for people facing cancer and their families and friends. This month’s special focus is on caregivers.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. US Route 6., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-364-8915

Childbirth & Family Classes

Online Childbirth Class

Date: January 1 - December 31, 2018

Time: All Day

Description:

Our online childbirth class is ideal for expectant parents who can’t attend our Prepared Childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints or medical conditions. The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their baby’s birth. Our online class will help you understand pregnancy, learn about labor, see how the stages of labor unfold, and discover helpful comfort techniques during labor. Your eClass registration includes online access for six weeks. Within 24 hours after registering, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the online class. After you pay, you will receive instruction for accessing the class.

Cost: $50.00

Registration: OPEN

Phone: 815-705-7301

Baby Care Basics

Date: July 23, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Description:

This class covers everything parents need to know to bring their baby home with confidence, including the latest information to ease parents into the basics of caring for their newborn. Through presentation and demonstration, this program will include newborn appearance/activity, feeding, warning signs, and safety. Cost is $15 per couple.  Please register online.

Cost: $15.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 2, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-942-3012

Introduction to Breastfeeding

Date: August 6, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Description:

We are committed to providing breastfeeding moms with all the education and support they need to have a successful breastfeeding experience. This FREE class focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, pumping, and going back to work. Breastfeeding moms will also get advice to help solve problems related to breastfeeding. The class is taught by a certified lactation consultant. Nursing mothers are welcome to bring their infants.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Family Birthing Suites Classroom, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-942-3012

CPR

Basic Life Support- Initial

Date: July 23, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Description:

This American Heart Association class is intended for individuals who provide or could potentially provide healthcare, including RNs, CNAs, EMS personnel, police and fire fighters. The course teaches the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. We can accommodate 1 registration per transaction for BLS class. Each participant must have a valid email address prior to taking the course.

Cost: $70.00

Registration: EVENT FULL

Registration: CLOSED

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: 815-705-7357

Basic Life Support- Renewal

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Description:

This American Heart Association class is intended for individuals who provide or could potentially provide healthcare, including RNs, CNAs, EMS personnel, police and fire fighters. The course teaches the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. We can accommodate 1 registration per transaction for BLS class. Each participant must have a valid email address prior to taking the course.

Please note: This class is intended for those participants who currently have a valid CPR card and are looking to renew it. You must have a current CPR card in order to take this class.  If your CPR card is not valid or current, please see the ” Basic Life Support- Initial” Class.

Cost: $50.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: 815-705-7357

HeartSaver CPR and AED

Date: August 16, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

Participants will learn adult, child and infant CPR, rescue from choking, and how to properly use an automated external defibrillator (AED). American Heart Association certification is provided upon completion. Each participant must provide a valid email address at the start of the class. Please note: This class is NOT for healthcare providers (RN, LPN, Certified Nurse Assistants, Paramedics, EMT’s or students entering school). Healthcare Providers should register for the Basic Life Support class. If you are a business or organization looking to register a group of 8 or more students, please call 815-705-7357 to make special arrangements.

Cost: $60.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: 815-705-7357

Diabetes Management

Carbohydrate Counting Class (no meal)

Date: August 14, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

This is a basic introduction to carbohydrate counting that is especially recommended for individuals with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Join us for information on healthful eating about “foods that fit” and how this impacts blood sugar control. The class is FREE.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 2, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: To register by phone, call 815-705-7527

Carbohydrate Counting Class (Meal Provided)

Date: September 11, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Description:

This is a basic introduction to carbohydrate counting and is an especially great program for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Join us for information on healthful eating about “foods that fit” and how this impacts blood sugar control. Participants will be guided in putting an appropriate meal together and will then be able to eat! The class is FREE.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital Education Rooms 2 & 3 (lower level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

Phone: To register by phone, call 815-705-7527

Pre-Diabetes Class

Date: October 9, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

Led by a diabetes educator, this FREE class will focus on healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle behaviors that help prevent or delay the development of diabetes. Everyone is welcome to attend the class, as more than 1 in every 3 Americans has prediabetes, which places an individual at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90 percent don’t know they have it.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 2, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: To register by phone, call 815-705-7367

Donate Blood

Date: July 24, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Description:

Give the gift of life by donating blood. Morris Hospital is hosting a blood drive in cooperation with Heartland Blood Centers on Tuesday, July 24, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Whitman Assembly Room 1 at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High Street in Morris.

According to Heartland Blood Centers, blood donations are at a critically low level and the need for donors is urgent. Everyone who donates will receive a blood donor t-shirt complimentary of the Chicago Bears and a free breakfast entrée from Chick-fil-A.

In order to donate blood, potential donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and feeling well on the day of donation, and be at least 17 years old. In Illinois, 16-year-olds may donate with written approval from a parent or guardian.

The entire process for donating blood takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Donors should bring a photo ID with proof of age. Those planning to donate should eat within four hours preceding the donation.

Appointments are recommended by calling Morris Hospital at 815-705-7370 or going online to www.heartlandbc.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7370.

Donate Blood

Date: October 19, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Description:

Give the gift of life by donating blood. Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds, be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies, and be in general good health. Walk-ins are welcome.

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7370.

Donate Blood

Date: December 19, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Description:

Give the gift of life by donating blood. Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds, be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies, and be in general good health. Walk-ins are welcome.

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7370.

General Health

Take a step toward living a longer, healthier life with our Wellness Wednesday screenings, offered every Wednesday at Morris Hospital.  Easy to understand results are available within one week!  For more information about this opportunity and how to schedule an appointment, please visit our Wellness Wednesdays page.

Diet Free (Introductory Class)

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Description:

At last, here’s a way to lose weight without being on a diet. DIET FREE is a life-changing nutrition and fitness program. In just 10 weeks, you will learn 8 simple habits that lead to weight loss and overall better health for life. You can participate online or come to the weekly group sessions at Morris Hospital from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 7-October 9, 2018. Learn more about DIET FREE at our free introductory session on August 7. If you choose to enroll, the fee is $69 but fully refundable upon completion of the program. (Completion is defined as attending 8 of the 10 in person or online sessions.) Come and get the facts so you can decide if DIET FREE is for you.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For phone registration, call 815-705-7358.

Skin Cancer Screening

Date: August 31, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description:

FREE skin cancer screenings will be offered in conjunction with Morris Dermatology. In order to assure a smooth process for participants, appointments are required by calling the Morris Hospital Wellness Department at 815-705-7364. The American Cancer Society recommends a skin exam by a doctor or qualified health professional as part of a routine cancer checkup. Risk factors for skin cancer include: unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation; fair complexion; family history of skin cancer; and multiple or atypical moles. The following symptoms should be reported to a physician: any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth; scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule; the spread of pigmentation beyond its border such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark; a change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, or pain.

Location: Morris Dermatology, - 1499 Lakewood Dr., Unit A, Morris

Phone: To register, call 815-705-7364.

Heart Health

Heart Failure Support Group

Date: August 2, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

These FREE meetings provide a place for anyone who has been diagnosed with heart failure to participate in general discussion about ways to manage this chronic condition, gain emotional support, and share experiences with other heart failure patients. A 15-minute educational component will be presented at each meeting. This month’s guest speaker is a representative from Bost speaking on “Low Sodium Eating Plan.”

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Family Birthing Suites Classroom, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: To register by phone call 815-705-7832.

Heart Failure Support Group

Date: September 6, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

These FREE meetings provide a place for anyone who has been diagnosed with heart failure to participate in general discussion about ways to manage this chronic condition, gain emotional support, and share experiences with other heart failure patients. A 15-minute educational component will be presented at each meeting. This month’s topic is “Pacemakers, CRT, Life Vests and Defibrillators.”

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 2, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: To register by phone call 815-705-7832.

Heart Failure Support Group

Date: October 2, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

These FREE meetings provide a place for anyone who has been diagnosed with heart failure to participate in general discussion about ways to manage this chronic condition, gain emotional support, and share experiences with other heart failure patients. A 15-minute educational component will be presented at each meeting. This month’s topic is “Left Ventricular Assist Device – A Patient Tells His Story.”

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Family Birthing Suites Classroom, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: To register by phone call 815-705-7832.

Kids Classes

Babysitter’s Training Course

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description:

Designed for youths age 11 and older, this course can help babysitters: interview for a babysitting job, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, perform first aid, learn diapering and feeding techniques, handle bedtime issues, and learn tips for having a safe babysitting experience. Participants should bring a doll to class. Lunch is included.

Cost: $40.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: 815-705-7365

Babysitter’s Training Course

Date: September 8, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description:

Designed for youths age 11 and older, this course can help babysitters: interview for a babysitting job, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, perform first aid, learn diapering and feeding techniques, handle bedtime issues, and learn tips for having a safe babysitting experience. Participants should bring a doll to class. Lunch is included.

Cost: $40.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: 815-705-7365

Pulmonary Health

Harmonica Group

Date: July 26, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Description:

Individuals with chronic pulmonary disease are invited to participate in our free Harmonica Group. Playing the harmonica encourages deep breathing, promotes pursed lip breathing exercise, strengthens the diaphragm and other breathing muscles, and increases oxygen intake. Prior harmonica playing experience is not required. Light snacks will be provided.

Location: Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital, 100 Gore Road, Suite H, Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7837

Breathers’ Support Group

Date: August 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

Our free, Breathers’ Support Group meets the third Friday of each month and is for anyone diagnosed with chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and pulmonary fibrosis. Lead by respiratory therapists, the group gives people with chronic lung disease an opportunity to participate in general discussions about ways to manage their condition, gain emotional support, and share their experiences with others. A 20 minute educational topic is presented at each meeting, with this month’s topic focusing on “Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress and Improve Mood.”

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Family Birthing Suites Classroom, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7837

Harmonica Group

Date: August 30, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Description:

Individuals with chronic pulmonary disease are invited to participate in our free Harmonica Group. Playing the harmonica encourages deep breathing, promotes pursed lip breathing exercise, strengthens the diaphragm and other breathing muscles, and increases oxygen intake. Prior harmonica playing experience is not required. Light snacks will be provided.

Location: Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital, 100 Gore Road, Suite H, Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7837

Special Events

Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Date: September 21, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Description:

Falls are the leading cause of injuries and deaths for seniors. Our FREE Fall Prevention Awareness Day will include screenings, speakers and activities focused on preventing accidental falls. Join us for this open house style event to learn more about: exercise that help prevent falls, medication interactions, assist devices, interventions to make your home fall proof, vision recommendations, and Lifeline and Medication Dispensing services from Morris Hospital. The event also features fall risk screenings, light refreshments and giveaways. Be sure to bring your medication list. Registration is not required. For assistance with transportation, please call 815-705-7250.

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: Questions? Call 815-705-7025 or 815-705-7491.

Cornfest 5K Fun Run & Wellness Walk

Date: September 29, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

Held during Grundy County Corn Festival, the Morris Hospital 5K Fun Run & Wellness Walk is a 3.1 mile USATF IL-08046-JW certified course that starts at 9 a.m. on Dupont Avenue in front of White Oak Elementary School and winds through residential neighborhoods. The Wellness Walk takes place on the same course. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, as well as the top 3 male and female in each age group. Long sleeve dri-fit shirts will be available to the first 350 pre-registered participants. Pre-registration is $25 per person. Race day registration is $30 per person.

There is also a Tot Trot for children 8 and under on the field behind White Oak School at 8:30 a.m. Tot Trot participants will receive a cotton t-shirt and medal of participation. Registration is $8 per child.

7:30 a.m. – On site check-in and registration
8:30 a.m. – Tot Trot start
9:00 a.m. – 5K Fun Run & Wellness Walk start

Click here to pre-register through Race Roster.

Registration: RaceRoster.com

Location: White Oak Elementary School, 2001 Dupont Avenue, Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7364

Stroke Support

Stroke and Aphasia Support Group

Date: September 18, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

Our FREE Stroke & Aphasia Support Group is for individuals and their loved ones who have experienced the loss of physical function or communication due to a stroke or other neurological event. Discussion will focus on strategies for managing chronic pain or disabilities resulting from a stroke. Registration is not required.

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 2, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For additional details, please call Speech Therapy at 815-705-7411.

Stroke and Aphasia Support Group

Date: December 18, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

Our FREE Stroke & Aphasia Support Group is for individuals and their loved ones who have experienced the loss of physical function or communication due to a stroke or other neurological event. Discussion will focus on strategies for managing chronic pain or disabilities resulting from a stroke. Registration is not required.

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1, 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For additional details, please call Speech Therapy at 815-705-7411.