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ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg General Hospital will offer free educational seminars to the community throughout the summer months.

The seminars are open to the public and educate the community on numerous health issues. St. Petersburg General Hospital dedicates itself to community education and offers the following free educational seminars this summer. To register for a seminar, call 888-741-5122 or visit

Following is a schedule of upcoming seminars:

• Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Thursday, May 15, 6 to 7 p.m., at Magnolia Gardens, 3800 62nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Mike Harrison, director of the respiratory therapy and sleep disorders laboratory, will facilitate the seminar. COPD symptoms are sometimes dismissed as a smoker’s cough. Harrison will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of COPD.

• Mom’s Movie Matinee: Organic Birth – Saturday, May 17, 3 to 5 p.m., at St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. This movie examines the intimate nature of birth, an everyday miracle, and the powerful role it plays in women’s lives when they are permitted to experience it fully. Viewers are asked to reexamine everything they thought they knew about giving birth and the potential it holds. Undisturbed birth is revealed as an integral part of women’s sexuality and a widely neglected human right. Couples share their birth experiences, discussing their fears and how they found the support, nurturing, and ultimately the power and strength within themselves to labor and birth their babies in a beautiful, loving, and ecstatic way. Bring pillows or anything else that will help you be more comfortable. Children are welcome. Elissa Barfoot, Certified Nurse Midwife, will facilitate the seminar.

• Latest Information and Innovations in Hand Surgery – Friday, June 6, noon to 1 p.m., at YMCA/Jim and Heather Gills Campus, 3200 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The seminar will be facilitated by Jorge Rodriguez, M.D., board certified in orthopedics with subspecialty of surgery of the hand. Rodriguez will discuss accessing and treating bone, tendon and neuro-vascular injuries.

• Skin Cancer: How to Spot It with Screenings – Wednesday, July 9, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. The seminar will be facilitated by Mairaj Uddin, M.D. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, afflicting more than two million Americans each year, a number that is rising rapidly. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. Attendees will learn about prevention, detection and protection. Skin cancer screenings will be available after the presentation.

Free support groups

ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg General Hospital hosts monthly free community support groups on various topics open to the public including stroke, breast cancer, sleep apnea and breast feeding.

The support groups include speakers and offer education in a non-threatening environment. People are encouraged to come and share experiences with others going through the same experiences.

Following is a list of ongoing support groups:

• Stroke Support Group meets first Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., at Northside Hospital Medical Office Building, 6006 49th St. N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg.

• Breast Cancer Support Group meets third Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at St. Petersburg General Hospital Breast Center, 6500 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

• A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Apnea Support Group meets fourth Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at St. Petersburg General Hospital Conference Room, 6500 38th Ave. N.

• Breast Feeding Support Group meets second Mondays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at St. Petersburg General Hospital Medical Office Building, 6450 38th Ave. N., Suite 320, St. Petersburg.

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