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Classes & Events
13th Annual BrainDance Awards
    BrainDance Awards for Student Projects on Mental Illness
2 day Intermediate Printmaking
    Prerequisite: Must have taken the previous Beginner Class or have prior experience in printmaking.. This workshop will explore additional techniques utilizing safe water based inks and acrylic paints. Brief demos incorporating printing, collage, stenciling and hand-made stamp designs will leave plenty of time for individual experimentation. Materials provided; Do bring sketches or other reference for a rapid start.
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Alcoholics Anonymous
    Join us for coffee and a one hour A.A. topic discussion.
Anticipatory Grief Group
    Grief takes many forms. It is present not only after someone has died, but before they are gone as well. This group is for those who are experiencing pain or discomfort of any degree due to the impending loss of a loved one, patient, client, etc
Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
    Get a basic understanding of anxiety disorders, its treatments and receive specific suggestions to help better cope with the illness.
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Baby Care Class
    Understand the unique needs of your newborn and learn great tips on diapering, bathing and general care.
Baby Care for Adopting Parents
    Adopting parents will understand the unique needs of their baby and provide information on injury prevention, feeding, diapering, bathing and general care.
Baby Massage Class for Parents
    This class is designed for newborns up to 8 weeks of age. You will learn to offer loving touch to your baby in very specific ways to enhance communication and bonding while learning to interpret baby's cues. Benefits include how to comfort, helping baby with digestion, elimination, weight gain, and more restful sleep.
Bipolar - An Introduction to the Disorder
    A program for family members and friends of individuals who have bipolar or a related disorder.
Brain Tumor Support
    Hartford Hospital invites you to a free educational seminar for patients being treated for brain tumors and their caretakers.
Breast cancer: Understanding hormone therapies and side effects
    Learn about hormone blockers, medication side effects and the role of hormone therapies in treating breast cancer.
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
    Breastfeeding and Returning to Work class will help mothers to prepare to return to work or school while continuing to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding Support Group
    Free, weekly casual gathering for new moms, babies, and family members. Group is led by a lactation consultant who can answer your questions and offer tips and advice on breastfeeding. A scale is available so moms can track baby's weight.
Breastfeeding With Success
    Learn the basics and benefits of breastfeeding before your baby arrives.
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Cesarean Birth Class
    Learn what to expect if you are anticipating a Cesarean birth.
Change Your Eating, Change Your Life-After Cancer
    It is often difficult to make the transition from a diet lacking in whole foods to a healthy, cancer fighting strategic health plan. This class offers support during the transition, and will help you develop skill power as we explore diet strategies and their influence on enhancing and strengthening the body's innate healing system.
Childbirth Class (One-Day Class)
    This one-day Saturday program provides you with the essential information you need for labor and birth of your baby.
Childbirth Class (Two-Day Saturday Program)
    This two-day program provides you with the essential information you need for labor and birth of your baby.
Childbirth Class (Two-Night Program)
    This two night program provides you with the essential information you need for labor and birth of your baby.
Childbirth Education - eLearning
    Online childbirth education classes. We offer an interactive, web-based program that's wonderful for first time parents or a refresher for repeat parents.
CPR Family & Friends: Infants & Children
    Recommended for new parents, babysitters, and anyone who cares for infants and children.
Creating an Envelope Book
    Transform common envelopes into a book that can be used to organize notes, as a mini scrapbook, or as a gift of keepsakes or inspirational messages. This book uses a "no sew" binding so it is easy for all to complete. We will be using colored ink and adhesives during the creating process. Materials will be supplied. Absolutely no previous experience required.
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Dementia Educational & Support Group
    An educational and support group that brings together those who want guidance, direction and support through this journey.
Divorced Women's Empowerment Group
    Come join us and be with other women who are single again. Learn tips for self esteem, coping mechanisms, and discovering individuality.
Down the Stress- Up the Calm, a Guided Mindful Meditation Experience
    Join this easy to follow guided mindful meditation class. **No experience necessary**,
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Enjoying Infants Together (6-Week Series)
    Learn fun developmental activities for infants and participate in discussions on various parenting issues.
Epidural Anesthesia for Labor
    Learn what an epidural is, how it is done, the risks it involves and what to expect for pain relief.
Epilepsy Support Group
    The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut warmly invites you to attend the Hartford Epilepsy Support Group. This support group is open to anyone affected by epilepsy to gain mutual support, share experiences and to gain knowledge of epilepsy.
Everything you want to ask your Cardiologist
    Hebrew Health Care and Hartford Hospital invite you to ask Dr. Paul Thompson all of your questions.
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Gluten - Why is it a Hot Topic These Days?
    In this class we will discuss what gluten is, is it really a problem, Celiac Disease vs. Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, related symptoms, leaky gut, testing and the elimination diet as well as what to do next if you suspect a problem.
Got Cravings?
    Got cravings to sweets, soda, cigarettes, etc.? Are they so strong that they’re in control of you? Learn to conquer them once and for all with 2 simple techniques that will put you back on control
Grief Support Group
    Grief can be a very confusing and difficult road. Come join others who are traveling the journey of grief.
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Hartford Speaks: A Community Dialogue about the Violence
    What can we do to help?
HypnoBirthing® Class
    A 4 week hands-on natural childbirth class for expectant mothers and their chosen birth companion.
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Joint Replacement Pre-Operative Patient Education
    This class is for patients who will undergo hip or knee replacement surgery, providing education on how to prepare for the surgery and recovery. This class is NOT for patients undergoing a shoulder replacement surgery.
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Lung Cancer Support Group
    Lung cancer education and peer support group for patients and caregivers living with lung cancer.
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Managing Schizophrenia
    Information and discussion about how to handle and manage the difficulties that arise with schizophrenia.
Maternity Tours
    A guided tour to help you get acquainted with our facility and maternity services.
Medical/Psychiatric Young Adult Services Psychotherapy Group
    The supportive psychotherapy group is designed for young adults age 17-26 struggling with a new diagnosis, chronic medical conditions or physical symptoms or limitations.
Mental Health First Aid
    Hartford Hospital invites you to an 8 hour course designed to teach you the signs and symptoms of mental illness and then how to get someone help using an action plan. At the end of the course you will be certified as a Mental Health First Aider.
Mind-Body Relaxation
    Come unwind and rejuvenate with complementary instruction in breathing, gentle movement and relaxation. Limited yoga mats. Please bring your own if you have one.
Mobile Mammography
    Hartford Hospital’s Digital Mobile Mammography coach is coming. Take the time to visit us for your screening mammogram. Mammograms can save lives.
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No cancellations at this time.
    Please check back later.
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Paint Your Favorite Flower (for Cancer Survivors/Thrivers)
    Spring is here!! The daffodils are up....but the tulips, phlox, irises and lilies, and are just not popping out fast enough. Join us as we learn simple techniques to create lovely flowers on stretched canvas – you may just go home and create your own flower garden (without the dirt!).
Prenatal Yoga
    This four-week program strengthens and tones muscles, making you more comfortable during pregnancy and better prepared for the delivery of your baby.
Printmaking for Beginners with Martha Galuszka, MFA
    No experience necessary, everyone is welcome. If you have taken my classes before you will have fun trying new and different techniques. This is a revised exploration of Printmaking and will not be the same beginner course as before so fell free to sign up and see what you can do again. All supplies are included but bring an open mind, and sketches or pictures for inspiration. All materials are provided.
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Qigong for Patients with Cancer
    The Chinese have been using Qigong for thousands of years to promote healing and strengthen their bodies. In these comprehensive 3-hour classes, you will learn evidence-based self-healing techniques including Qigong exercises designed specifically for fighting cancer, acupressure points to relieve pain and other symptoms, and tools to help you maintain a positive and confident attitude in dealing with your illness.
Quality Control of Nutritional Supplements: Who Guarantees the Safety of Your Products?
    Dietary & Nutritional Supplements are the most commonly used integrative medicine therapy with 50-75% of patients using at least one supplement every day. In this lecture we will discuss the types and forms of supplements, how they are regulated by the food and drug association, how to ensure that products are safe, have good quality control and how best to engage in collaborative discussions with your team of medical providers.
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Reiki Healing Touch - Level 1
    Learn a gentle hands-on relaxation technique that can reduce stress, muscle tension/pain and accelerate the healing process.
Ripped Paper Collage Creations
    Join this fun class using paper adhesives and a variety of different papers (wrapping, homemade, napkins, washi, and other exotic papers) to tear and put together to depict various scenes or abstract visions
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Sibling Preparation (All ages)
    Help your children prepare for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister. This class includes hands on diapering, creation of a birthday card for baby, a short video and a visit to the maternity floor for a look at mom’s maternity room.
Sibling Support Group
    This is a group for siblings of those struggling with mental illness.
Singing Bowl Meditation
    In a peaceful setting, experience the soothing sounds of Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls and float blissfully into a deep meditative sate where the tumultuous stresses of everyday life are cleared, cleansed, and washed away.
Social Support Group for LGBTQ Issues
    A support group for 16-23 year-olds who identify LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning) issues as being prominent in their lives.
Soul Collage for Everyone: Love Is A Verb
    Every act of love we create in our community illustrates the power of this little verb. The SoulCollage® process assists us in finding those gifts and acts of compassion within ourselves that we may weave into our personal relationships, as well as the various communities that support us.
SoulCollage® for Everyone: The Mystery
    What mysteries lie ahead in this New Year of possibilities? Don’t you just love surprises!! Allow the unkown to come forward and meet your personal vision with a SoulCollage® card (process developed by Seena Frost,, as an opening to manifest your dreams in the coming year. A mystery envelope will be provided for you to create your new story. Come join the fun.. No previous experience or class attendance necessary. Bring a magazine or two
Substance Use Educational and Support Group
    For family members impacted by loved ones with substance abuse.
Support Group for Families Dealing with Major Mental Illness
    A program for family and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia, bipolar or other related mental illnesses. Share your struggles. Learn to care for yourself while you are caring for others.
Surgical Weight Loss: General Education Session
    A comprehensive, educational session focused on patients who are ready to start the program or just want to learn more about surgical weight loss. The program is presented from the first step to post-operative follow-up. An open question and answer session with the surgeons follows the presentation.
Surgical Weight Loss: Support Group Meetings
    Join the Surgical Weight Loss Team for an evening of discussion, support, and education. Open to all who desire more information on Bariatric surgery.
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The Truth About Electroconvulsive Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
    This information session will answer questions and concerns about these often misunderstood treatments.
Time for Toddlers (6-week series)
    Learn fun, developmental activities for toddlers and participate in discussions on various parenting issues.
Toastmasters Club 2300
    A Lunchtime Club
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Understanding Prostate Cancer
    Understanding prostate cancer: Treatment options, including active surveillance
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Walk to Wellness
    Join us at the Hartford HealthCare Wellness at Westfarms Rest and Relaxation Lounge (Lower Level of Westfarms near Nordstrom).
Writing from Collage: Word and Picture Fusion
    In this workshop we will compose a collage with pictures and then begin the processof writing from images. Once pictures are in place, a guided meditation will support a period of silence and reflection. Writing prompts will be used to illicit information and description of the collage which will ultimately be used to create a poem, narrative or story. Work can be shared or spoken aloud to further process the surfaced images. No previos experience necessary!
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Youth Mental Health First Aid
    Learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness and then how to get someone help using an action plan. At the end of the course you will be certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Youth Psychosis Family Support Group
    Join us to receive support, guidance and education on how to cope with and help your young person.

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Acupuncture, Reiki and Massage Therapy
    Need to increase your energy, reduce stress, control pain and many other health conditions?
Adult First Aid & CPR with AED
    Course content includes general principles of first aid, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, CPR and the use of the automated external defibrillator, and environmental emergencies.
Adult Swim Lessons
    Learn to swim or improve your stroke.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Instructor Course
    Course includes textbook.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Provider Course
    AHA program designed for healthcare providers whose daily occupations demand proficiency in the knowledge and skills of ACLS.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Refresher Course
    Course includes textbook and refreshments.
Ambassador Volunteer
    If you are familiar with Hartford Hospital, this is the ideal way to volunteer your time.
Annual Memorial Service
    Every year we gather at the Hartford Hospital Chapel to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died at Hartford Hospital during the year.
Art for Healing Program Volunteer
    Act as a creative coach to assist patients with collage writing, drawing and painting, as an outlet to relieve stress and anxiety.
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Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
    Course fee includes textbook, pocket mask and course completion cards.
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - Refresher Class
    Course fee includes textbook, pocket mask and course completion cards.
Blood Pressure / Sugar / Cholesterol Screenings
    Screenings are scheduled throughout the Greater Hartford area.
Bloodmobile Coordinator
    Assist with blood drives by communicating with recruiters throughout the hospital, organizing material and scheduling donors.
Bone Density Screenings
    The results of this test can detect early signs of osteoporosis.
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Cancer Screenings
    Free early detection exams offered
Centering Pregnancy
    A new concept in prenatal care has arrived at the Hartford Hospital Women’s Ambulatory Health Services. It’s called Centering Pregnancy and it brings expecting moms together for their pregnancy journeys.
Class of 2011 Presentation Series (Institute of Living Professional Education)
    This professional education activity for Residents supports the Institute's goal of clinical excellence and presents clinically relevant information from a variety of mental health disciplines.
Colon Cancer Screening with Colonoscopy
    Colonoscopy Saves Lives. Colonoscopy is now available in Glastonbury.
Connecticut Quitline 1-866-END-HABIT
    Free telephone-based program providing information, counseling, referrals and support.
Core Instructor Program
    For anyone interested in becoming a CPR, ACLS, or PALS instructor.
Counseling and Stress Management Service - Individual Counseling
    One-to-one counseling with a health psychologist for people struggling with psychological issues related to a medical illness.
CPR/Heartsaver Instructor Course
    Prerequisite is that the student carry a current CPR card in the Healthcare Provider & Heartsaver AED Course.
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Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
    A peer-run support group for those who have been diagnosed with depression and/or bipolar disorder.
Discussion Group on Custody and Domestic Violence
    The Domestic Violence Prevention Program in collaboration with Interval House is offering this new discussion group.
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El Grupo de Mujeres
    Education and support for Latino women living with HIV or AIDS regardless of where they get their health care.
EMS Education … Can't come to us? We'll come to you!
    Hartford Hospital's Department of EMS Education will accommodate the needs of the business community by providing on-site instruction.
EMT Basic Course
    For all pre-hospital emergency medical care providers, public service personnel and others.
EMT Intermediate Course
    Must present current copy of State of Connecticut EMT-B certification and a current copy of CPR card training in adult, infant and child.
EMT Paramedic Course
    This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of emergency treatment for all types of medical and traumatic emergencies.
EMT Recertification Course
    For currently certified EMT-Bs. Includes Healthcare Provider CPR recertification and State of Connecticut EMT-B recertification exams.
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Family & Friends CPR and First Aid for Children
    For those caring for infants and children, such as family members, babysitter, and others providing in-home care, who want CPR and basic first aid information but who do not need a course completion card.
Family & Friends First Aid for Children
    For those caring for infants and children, such as family members, babysitter, and others providing in-home care, who want basic first aid information but who do not need a course completion card.
First Steps
    First Steps is a volunteer program offered by the Women's Health Ambulatory Service to first-time parents delivering at Hartford Hospital.
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Health Literacy Volunteer
    Volunteers are needed for this new program!
Healthcare Toastmasters Chapter #2300
    Learn to develop effective communication skills and take control of your presentations & meetings through effective listening, thinking and speaking.
Heartsaver AED Instructor Course
    Designed to teach current CPR instructors how to teach the AHA Heartsaver AED course
Hospitality Services
    Meet, greet and escort patients and visitors, and assist Information Desk staff where necessary.
Hot Yoga
    A challenging sequence of deeply held postures in am 80+ degree room.
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Infant Massage
    Learn hands-on massage techniques to calm and soothe your baby.
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Keeping in Touch Volunteer Program
    Volunteers assigned to nursing units throughout the hospital to provide companionship and support to patients and families.
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Medical Rounds: WFSB Channel 3
    Chat with Hartford Hospital doctors after Medical Rounds airs on Eyewitness News on Wednesday evenings.
Memory Problems
    Learn about causes, treatments and prevention of memory problems
Mended Hearts Support Group
    For people who have had open heart surgery or heart disease and their partners.
Mobile Mammography
    New state-of-the-art mammography equipment can now be transported to community organizations to provide screenings
Myths, Minds & Medicine Exhibit
    A permanent exhibition on The Institute of Living's history and treatment of psychiatric illnesses.
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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Tours
    Private tours for those expecting twins, triplets, etc.
Nurturing Connections Program
    The Nurturing Connections Program links new parents to volunteers and others who may provide education and support that can help them adjust to the many demands of parenthood.
Nurturing Connections Program - Prenatal Groups
    The Nurturing Connections Program Prenatal Groups is for first time parents and offered in both English and Spanish.
Nurturing Connections Volunteer Orientation
    Learn how to offer support and encouragement to help parents develop confidence and health relationships with their babies.
Nurturing Connections/Nurturing Families program - Intensive Home Visiting
    The Nurturing Families program offers home visits to help new parents learn how to care for their baby and adjust to the many demands of becoming a parent.
Nutrition Counseling Service
    Nutrition counseling with an experienced registered dietitian for a wide variety of nutrition related diseases and conditions.
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Office Assistant Opportunities
    Volunteer opportunities in the office environment are available
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Palliative Care Volunteer Program
    If you are caring, attentive and sensitive to the needs of others, we can train you to utilize these skills to support those in need.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - Provider Course
    American Heart Association program offers 16 hours of instruction in patient assessment, shock management, and vascular access.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - Refesher Course
    For those who already have a current card or one which has recently expired.
Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital (PEPP)
    PEPP represents a comprehensive source of pre-hospital information for the emergent care of infants and children.
Pediatric First Aid & CPR Course
    This course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.
Peer Support Group
    A peer-run support group for those who are experiencing mental illness.
Peggy Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™
    Learn relaxation techniques to help you prepare emotionally and physically for surgery.
Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening 'Legs for Life'
    Do your legs hurt when you walk? Do they feel better when you stop? Do they get numb and tingle?
Personal Touch Volunteer Program
    Volunteers assigned to nursing units throughout the hospital to provide companionship and support to patients and families.
Pilates Classes
    Conditioning program that combines many elements
Psychiatric Grand Rounds
    This professional education activity supports the Institute's goal of clinical excellence and presents clinically relevant information from a variety of mental health disciplines.
Psychopharmacology/Neuroscience Rounds
    This series focuses on applied psychopharmacology and research on brain structure and function.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Classes
    This program is for pulmonary patients who wish to control and alleviate, as much as possible, symptoms of respiratory impairment.
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Radiation Therapy Program
    Radiation therapists must master a high level of technical knowledge as well as work with critically ill patients.
Radiography Program
    The Radiography Program sponsored by Hartford Hospital is a 24-month, hospital based program, granting a certificate in Radiography.
Reiki Program Volunteer
    Provide Reiki healing touch, a soothing hands-on relaxation technique for stress reduction and pain relief to hospital patients at their bedside.
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Smoking Cessation for Cancer Patients and Their Family Members
    Cancer Program sponsored by the Helen & Harry Gray Center.
Speaker's Bureau
    If you are looking for a speaker for your next event, call Hartford Hospital's Speaker's Bureau.
Special Family Lounge Volunteer
    Assist loved ones of surgical patients. Provide comfort and support to loved ones in one of the two surgical family lounges.
Stay Upright - Preventing Falls
    Learn what steps you can take to reduce risk factors common to older persons and how to get help if you have fallen.
Stress Management for Cardiac Patients - A 6-Week Group
    Recommended for cardiac patients interested in improving their skills to manage stress and is facilitated by a counselor from Hartford Hospital’s Behavioral Cardiology Program.
Surgical Family Lounge Volunteer
    Assist patient families, communicate with caregivers, and make their experience as comfortable as possible.
Surgical Hemostasis : A Live Hands-on Workshop
    Hartford Hospital proudly announces its state of the art blood management seminar a live hands on experience.
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Tai Chi
    Tai Chi is the most famous Chinese martial art style, consisting of fluid, gentle and graceful circular movements.
Teen Volunteer Program
    Open to all students 14 to 18 years of age.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program
    Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure for select patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) who are not candidates for traditional open chest surgery or are high-risk operable candidates.
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Volunteer Opportunities
    Positions are available in many areas of the hospital for adult volunteers.
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    A variety of classes geared for the yoga enthusiast.