Events & Classes

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.

Cancer Support

Low Intensity Functional Training (LIFT) Exercise Class

Exercise has numerous benefits following surgical, chemotherapy, or radiation cancer treatment. Our free, LIFT exercise class is taught by Morris Hospital Wellness staff and includes stretching movements using elastic bands or light weights that can be performed while standing or sitting in a chair. Individuals of all ages are welcome regardless of where they received their cancer treatment. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-9:30 a.m. at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. U.S. Route 6 in Morris. To register, call 815-705-7370.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Date: August 19, 2019

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 meets the third Monday of every month and provides 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 12, 2019

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 topic focuses on “Relieving Cancer Pain.”

Registration: OPEN

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

Phone: For information, call 815-364-8915

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Date: September 16, 2019

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 meets the third Monday of every month and provides 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

Childbirth & Family Classes

Prenatal Exercise Class

According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, regular exercise during pregnancy benefits both mom and baby by reducing back pain, easing constipation, promoting healthy weight gain during pregnancy, improving overall general fitness, and helping you lose baby weight after your baby is born. Join us for our free prenatal exercise class held at the Morris Community YMCA, 320 Wauponsee St., Morris. Please check the Morris Y fitness schedule for Prenatal Exercise class dates and times. For more information, call 815-705-7364 (Morris Hospital) or 815-513-8080 (YMCA).

Online Childbirth Class

Date: January 1 - December 31, 2019

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 72 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: $65.00

Registration: OPEN

Phone: 815-705-7301

Baby Care Basics

Date: July 24, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 – Education Rooms 2 & 3 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-942-3012

Introduction to Breastfeeding

Date: August 12, 2019

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 (Lower Level), 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-942-3012

CPR

Basic Life Support- Initial

Date: July 29, 2019

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: CLOSED

Location: Shabbona Annex (Former Shabbona School), 725 School Street, Morris

Phone: 815-705-7360

Basic Life Support- Renewal

Date: August 2, 2019

Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

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 BLS CPR card and are looking to renew it. You must have a current American Heart Association CPR card in order to take this class. Card must be presented day of the course.  If your CPR card is not valid or current, please see the ” Basic Life Support- Initial” Class.

Cost: $50.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Shabbona Annex (Former Shabbona School), 725 School Street, Morris

Phone: For more information, call 815-705-7360

Basic Life Support- Renewal

Date: August 2, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 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 BLS CPR card and are looking to renew it. You must have a current American Heart Association CPR card in order to take this class. Card must be presented day of the course.  If your CPR card is not valid or current, please see the ” Basic Life Support- Initial” Class.

Cost: $50.00

Registration: OPEN

Location: Shabbona Annex (Former Shabbona School), 725 School Street, Morris

Phone: For more information, call 815-705-7360

Diabetes Management

Pre-Diabetes Class

Date: August 13, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

Led by a diabetes educator, this 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 – Education Room 1 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

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

Carbohydrate Counting Class (Meal Provided)

Date: September 10, 2019

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 8, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

Led by a diabetes educator, this 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 – Education Room 1 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

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

Donate Blood

Date: October 22, 2019

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 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

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

Donate Blood

Date: December 18, 2019

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 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

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

General Health

Eat Real

Date: June 4 - July 23, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Description:

Diet is such a big part of our health, yet often we don’t take the time to prepare healthy meals. Eat Real focuses on recipes and meal planning using real food instead of convenience foods.It’s for anyone who wants to eat healthier and improve their health, gain confidence in the grocery store and kitchen, and look forward to being asked, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’ Classes will include nutrition education with a focus on snacking, breakfast, salads, chocolate, Mediterranean foods, spices, and plant based recipes. There’s even one week devoted to making healthy pizza. Participants will get to sample a different recipe each week and will have weekly assignments to complete.Eat Real classes will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 4-July 23, 2019.

Cost: $59.00

Registration: CLOSED

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7364.

Diet Free (Introductory Class)

Date: August 6, 2019

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 6-October 8, 2019. Learn more about DIET FREE at our free introductory session on August 6. 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 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

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

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Wellness Wednesdays

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.

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Heart Health

Cholesterol and Clogged Arteries: Is there a Connection?

Date: September 12, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Description:

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Do you know your cholesterol levels and what they mean? Board Certified Cardiologist Athar Saeed, M.D. will explain the different kinds of cholesterol and triglycerides and how they can effect heart health. Dr. Saeed will also talk about different ways to improve your numbers and reach your goals to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Registration: OPEN

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 2 (Lower Level), 150 West High St., Morris

Phone: For phone registration, call 815-705-7832

Kids Classes

Babysitter’s Training Course

Date: August 2, 2019

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: EVENT FULL

Registration: CLOSED

Location: Morris Hospital – Whitman Assembly Room 1 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

Phone: 815-705-7365

Babysitter’s Training Course

Date: September 7, 2019

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 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

Phone: 815-705-7365

Pulmonary Health

Harmonica Group

Our free Harmonica Group meets every Thursday from 10:45-11:30 a.m. at our Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center, 100 W. Gore Rd., Morris. Harmonica playing is beneficial for individuals with lung disease by encouraging deep breathing, promoting pursed lip breathing exercise, strengthening the diaphragm and other breathing muscles, and increasing oxygen intake. Prior harmonica playing experience is not required. Join us! For information, call 815-705-7837.

Breathers’ Support Group

Date: August 16, 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 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 “Airway Clearance Techniques.”

Registration: OPEN

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

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7837

Breathers’ Support Group

Date: September 20, 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 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 “Flu Season Tips.”

Registration: OPEN

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

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7837

Breathers’ Support Group

Date: October 18, 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 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 “COPD Awareness.”

Registration: OPEN

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

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7837

Special Events

Cornfest 5K Fun Run

Date: September 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

Held during Grundy County Corn Festival, the Morris Hospital 5K Fun Run is a 3.1 mile USATF IL-08046-JW certified course that starts at 9 a.m. on Dupont Avenue in front of Morris Elementary School and winds through residential neighborhoods. 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, hooded dri-fit shirts will be available to the first 300 pre-registered participants. $25 for early registration (May 13-Aug 25); $28 for standard registration (Aug. 26-Sept. 24); $30 race day registration .

There is also a Youth Fun Run for children 5 and under (100 yards) and 6-10 (1/2 mile) starting at 8:15 a.m. Registration is $10 per child.

7:30-8:45 a.m. – Race Day Registration
8:15 a.m. – Youth Fun Run
9:00 a.m. – 5K Fun Run

Click here to pre-register through Race Roster.

Registration: RaceRoster.com

Location: Morris Elementary School, 2001 Dupont Avenue, Morris

Phone: For information, call 815-705-7364

Stroke Support

Stroke and Aphasia Support Group

Date: September 17, 2019

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 (Lower Level), 150 West High St., Morris

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

Stroke and Aphasia Support Group

Date: December 17, 2019

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 (Lower Level), 150 W. High Street, Morris

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

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