Patients and Visitors

Welcome to St. Jude Medical Center, and thank you for choosing us for your care. We offer comprehensive, compassionate and patient-focused care that makes a difference in our patient’s lives.

St. Jude Medical Center is committed to providing interpreter services in order to maintain efficient and adequate communications with patients and families in their primary language. This includes services for patients and families who use sign language or Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to communicate.

Interpreter Services is available for a wide variety of languages. Sign Language services are also offered. Please contact your nurse or call 714-992-3000, ext. 7777.

View the Interpreter Services Policy.

Find support, information and camaraderie through our free support groups.

Bereavement support groups

Healing Hearts After Loss This grief recovery support group is for anyone who is working through the pain of grief and loss. Please register for this free group by calling 877-459-3627, #3. For questions, call St. Jude Chaplain Bill Boylan at 714-871-3280 ext. 2330.

  • Every Thursday from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • St. Jude Community Services, 130 W. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton

Cancer support groups

Cancer is easier when you don’t walk the journey alone, which is why we offer one of Southern California’s most innovative and comprehensive lists of support services. Access the list of monthly support groups available to the community as well as our patients. Each is free of charge and no registration is required.

Caregiver support groups

The Family Caregiver Resource Center support groups offer a safe and non-judgmental environment in which caregivers can connect and discuss concerns while sharing strategies to support successful daily living, caregiving tasks, and communication improvement..

Communication recovery groups

We offer innovative, small-group therapy to help community members regain their ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Led by a licensed speech pathologist, these small groups offer techniques for improving communication and overcoming speech disorders.

Participation in these low-cost groups begins with an assessment by a speech pathologist. To participate, please contact Jennifer Even, MS, CCC-SLP, at 714-578-8706 ext. 2339 or at jennifer.even@stjoe.org.

Aphasia speech group

Individuals with aphasia and other speech disorders can practice conversation and language skills with a variety of partners in a supportive environment. Unique opportunities to connect with others include technology and aphasia, aphasia and the arts, ladies’ groups, men’s club, multi-cultural group, young adult group and more. $28 per month

  • Mondays, 10-11 a.m. and 11-12 a.m. (choose time most convenient)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton, 838 N. Euclid, Fullerton

Speaking loud and clear group

Individuals with Parkinson’s disease or related conditions use vocal exercises and conversational practice to improve speech clarity. $28 per month

  • Mondays, 10-11 a.m.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton, 838 N. Euclid, Fullerton

Chronic conditions support groups

Chronic pain support group

Happiness Over Pain Everyday (HOPE) offers coping strategies, peer support and encouragement from others who are successfully managing chronic pain. Call 714-992-3000 ext. 3706 for more information. 

  • 4th Tuesday of each month, from 3-4:30 p.m.
  • St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation & Wellness, 2767 E. Imperial Hwy, La Brea

Healthy living with a chronic condition education and support group

Whether you’re living with heart disease, fibromyalgia or another chronic condition, this group focuses on education, using and sharing skills you’ve learned, and staying healthy. Contact St. Jude Senior Services at 714-446-7035 for more information. 

  • 2nd Friday of each month at 10 a.m.
  • St. Jude Community Services, 130 Bastanchury Road, Fullerton

Mental health support groups 

Depression/anxiety recovery support group 

Depression among those over 60 is common: come learn strategies to combat depression and anxiety, develop individualized coping skills, and strengthen your resilience and confidence. Contact St. Jude Senior Services at 714-446-7035 for more information. Click here for more support resources. 

  • Every Monday from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • St. Jude Community Services, 130 W. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton

Manic Depressive Support Group 

One of the most helpful things a person can say (or hear) is “I’ve been there.” This group supports patients and family members toward recovery while offering encouragement and connection with others. Call DBSA Orange County at 714-744-8718 for more information. 

  • Every Tuesday at 7-9 p.m.
  • St. Jude Medical Center, (Erikson Education Center: 3rd Floor, Room 3), Fullerton

Neurosciences support groups

Parkinson’s Disease Education and Support GroupProvides education, resources, information and support to patients and families alike. For more information call 714-904-2249

  • 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4-6 p.m.
  • St. Jude Community Services, 130 W. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton

Stroke support and education group 

Allows stroke survivors and caregivers to share advice and experiences, encourage one another and become inspired to move forward. Make new friends, socialize, and get help overcoming common challenges. For more information, please call 877-459-3627

  • 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • St. Jude Community Services Building 130 W. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) support group 

Focuses on strengths, adaptive skills, issues and questions, and rehabilitative strategies for TBI survivors and caregivers. Contact the St. Jude Brain Injury Network at 714-446-5626 for more information. 

  • 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • St. Jude Community Services, 130 W. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton

Rehabilitation support groups

Amputee support group 

Offers friendships, encouragement and outings—from adaptive sports to guest speakers—to help reenter the community and discover new interests. Call 714-992-3000 ext. 3706 for more information. 

  • 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3-5 p.m.
  • St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation & Wellness, 2767 E. Imperial Hwy., La Brea

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) life series group 

Offered in partnership with Triumph Foundation, this group offers information, encouragement, and peer support as you learn new skills and hobbies, regain your quality of life, and improve your well-being. Call 714-992-3000 ext. 3706 for more information.

  • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3-5 p.m.
  • St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation & Wellness, 2767 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea

St. Jude offers Spiritual Care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to patients and families of all religious faiths and spiritual traditions. Services include visitation, spiritual and emotional support, pastoral counseling, crisis intervention, prayer, sacraments and bereavement support, as well as support in bioethical issues, including end-of-life care and decisions. Our certified chaplains work closely with your clergy or religious leaders while you are at St. Jude.

Chapel services are broadcast on television channel 10. The CARE Channel on channel 37 offers healing imagery and music. CARE Notes address common concerns during your hospital stay, and are available in waiting rooms and patient care areas.

For more information call 714-992-3000, ext. 3822.

Chapel

Located on the first floor, the St. Jude Chapel is open to people of all faiths daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. Catholic Mass is celebrated each weekday at 11:30 a.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m.

No One Dies Alone (NODA)

Providing compassionate companionship for the final hours, our "No One Dies Alone" program ensures that no patient at our hospital will ever die alone. This compassionate program gives the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients who would otherwise have no one else and respite care for loved ones. With the support of the nursing staff, companions can help provide patients with the most valuable gift: a dignified death. St. Jude Medical Center believes in the intrinsic dignity of each person and makes sure someone is there to hold their hand or just keep them company in their final hours. For more information about this program, please contact Volunteer Services at 714-992-2878.

 

Condition H is an emergency call line for patients, and their family and friends. Family and friends play an important part in supporting a patient’s health and healing, and they may recognize subtle changes in their loved one, not apparent to the healthcare team. Please contact the nurse or manager if you have any questions or concerns.

Condition H should be called when the patient, their family or friend is:

  • Concerned about a noticeable change in the patient not recognized by the healthcare team.
  • Confused or have serious concerns, after speaking with a physician, nurse or member of the healthcare team about how care is being given, managed or planned.
  • A Condition H call will generate an immediate response from a highly trained team of experts to assess the patient’s condition. Call ext. 2158 from any hospital phone to initiate Condition H.
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