Patient and Community Education

The Flagler Life Institute offers a variety of educational courses designed to meet the needs of our patients and the general public. Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, are preparing for surgery or are simply interested in learning CPR, our team of experts is here to bring you a meaningful educational experience. Click on the links below for more information.

Orthopedic Pre-Surgery Education Classes
Flagler Hospital offers pre-operative orthopedic class for patients undergoing total knee and total hip arthroplasty at Flagler Hospital. If possible, patients should bring an involved family member or friend who can serve as the patient's support coach. Click on the link above to register.
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Heart Failure Education Classes
Flagler Hospital is pleased to offer Heart Failure Education Classes. Free classes will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 11am-1pm in the Matanzas classroom on the first floor of the hospital. Lecture, including time for questions should be approximately 1 hour and a complimentary special heart-healthy diet lunch will be provided at noon.
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Kidney Disease Education Classes
Flagler Hospital is pleased to offer this free class for patients, spouses/caretakers, or those interested in learning how to prevent and/or manage kidney disease. Classes are held monthly at various times. Click here to register or call 904-819-4059.
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Diabetes Education
Flagler Hospital offers a free class on Managing Your Diabetes. This class meets on the first and third Tuesday each month from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the Flagler Hospital Wellness Center. Flagler Hospital's Diabetes Resource Team is committed to helping people with diabetes live healthier lives. People diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will benefit from topics including:
- What is Diabetes?
- Preventing Complications
- Nutrition
- Exercise
- Medication
- Stress Reduction
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
- Pattern Management
Classes are open to the public and free of charge! Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or loved one.
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Smoking Cessation Program
Quit Smoking Now is a free course developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves. The group sessions take place in the Flagler Wellness Center once a week, for one hour, over a six week period and times change according to patient requests. Each week covers a different topic such as nicotine replacement therapy, stress reduction and relaxation techniques and identifying smoking triggers. Written material is provided, a toll free Quit Line is available, and people can re-enter the program as many times as necessary. Call 904-819-4338 for more information on this free course.

Cancer Education and Support Classes

Flagler's Cancer Education & Support Center houses a resource library for the community that is home to books and journals, Internet access stations, and an information desk with educational materials to make the experience for patients diagnosed with cancer as easy and informative as possible. The Education & Support Center works closely with numerous organizations dedicated to education, research and support for cancer patients and offers a variety of classes and support groups. Monthly classes include:

Restorative Yoga: Gentle Stretching and Breathing Class for Cancer Patients
Wednesdays, Weekly from1 pm– 2:30 pm
This class is offered free of charge to cancer patients and survivors. Ease into this yoga session with very gentle stretching movements and breathing techniques. The practice of restorative yoga enables you to actively and fully relax as you enhance awareness of your body and breathing, improve your range of movement, focus on your alignment and calm your nervous system.

Look Good, Feel Better®
Offered Quarterly. Facilitated by Sharon Adams, Licensed Cosmetologist. Teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Must RSVP to attend.

Casual Coloring Class
2nd Tuesday of each month at 2 pm
Facilitated by Billie London. Come color in a relaxing and informal environment. Relieve some stress and take care of you. All supplies are provided to you. Call Billie at (904) 501-0345 with any questions.

Living with Cancer Support Group (includes all types of cancer)
3rd Wednesday of each month at 11 am
Facilitated by Jan Felixson, LCSW, LMFC and Pat Dunn, a member of the National Lung Cancer Partnership
This is an informal gathering for adults with any type of cancer and their family members and friends. It is open to all affected by cancer. This group will provide the opportunity to meet others in similar situations to share your stories, provide practical suggestions, and support each other. Snacks and Refreshments provided. Please call (904) 819 – 4793 for more information.

Breast Cancer Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm
The mission of the Breast Cancer Support Group of St. Augustine is to give help, comfort and friendship to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. They invite many guest speakers, including doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, educators, etc. They gather together to share the company of others with similar experiences and offer each other comfort and support. For more information, visit or contact Pat at (904) 501-7100.

For more information about our comprehensive cancer program, please visit the Cancer Center under Medical Services.

Maternity Services Classes

Bootcamp for New Dads
In this nationally acclaimed program for expectant and new dads, "Veterans" (new fathers who bring their young babies) show "rookies" (fathers-to-be) the ropes of fatherhood. The three hour workshop uses a man-to-man approach and is an opportunity for new Dads to get insight from other men on the changes, challenges and joys that come with fatherhood. Topics include responsible fatherhood, Mom's changes, making time, newborn care, safety, your concerns, finances, parents and in-laws and community resources. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Breastfeeding Support Group
This group welcomes breastfeeding mothers, their babies and pregnant women and meets on the second Thursday of each month from 11 am - 12:30 pm. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Grandparents Class
This class focuses on current changes in child safety and childcare practices for "today's baby" including infant CPR. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Childbirth Classes - 6-week Course
This Childbirth Preparation Class helps expectant parents prepare for their new bundle of joy! Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Childbirth Refresher Class
Designed for Moms and coaches with previous experience, this one time "refresher" class reviews the birth process and procedures, breathing and relaxation techniques and the partner's role during labor. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Infant CPR
This class offers training in CPR for anyone caring for an infant: parents, family, babysitters, day care workers, teachers, etc. Topics also include: baby-proofing your home, how to handle emergencies and how to help a choking baby. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Sibling Class
This course is designed to prepare older brothers or sisters (ages two and up) for the arrival of a new baby. Having a new baby in the house can be a difficult time. Soon-to-be brothers and sisters react in many different ways. The sibling class talks a little about what babies do, how the older sibling can help their parents, how important they are to the family and more. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.