Community Education

In keeping with our mission -- to improve the health of the people and communities we serve -- our community programs are designed to promote healthy lifestyles and teach you the basic steps of disease prevention and safety. They are built around what you tell us you need most, including classes on disease prevention and wellness, and health screenings for early detection of common health conditions. Our goal is to help you improve your health and live a healthier life. 

Our team of physicians, nurses and dietitians are dedicated to helping you take the first steps to better health. Our programs are offered on the Missouri Baptist Medical Center campus and at various off-site locations in your neighborhood.

Featured Events

Pearls of Wisdom™

Friday, May 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet 
191 Westport Plaza

You are your best guide when it comes to your health – you know your body better than anyone. These days, however, it’s so easy to let the distractions of everyday life get in the way. We invite you to take a break from your busy schedule and reconnect with yourself. Join us for our annual ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ event where we’ll share important health information just for women. Discover new tips to improve your overall health and well-being. Lunch is provided and attendance prizes awarded, including a pearl necklace from Vincent’s Jewelers.


8-8:40 a.m. Registration and enjoy educational exhibits
8:40-9 a.m. Welcome
9-9:45 a.m. Morning Keynote:  Oscar Schwartz, MD, pulmonologist
9:45-10:15 a.m. Break – Enjoy educational exhibits
10:15-11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-noon Breakout Sessions  (select one for each breakout)
Noon-2 p.m. Lunch and Afternoon Keynote: Patricia Sulak, MD, ob/gyn

Morning Keynote

Sleep Disorders in Women

Oscar Schwartz, MD, pulmonologist

Dr. Schwartz is the medical director, Barnes-Jewish Hospital West County Sleep and EEG Laboratory.  He earned his medical degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and internship/residency at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.  He completed a fellowship in pulmonary disease at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.  He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and sleep medicine. 

Afternoon Keynote

Habits that Lead to Health and Happiness

Patricia Sulak, MD, ob/gyn

Dr. Patricia Sulak is a nationally known and respected physician, researcher and educator. She is an Endowed Professor of Texas A&M College of Medicine/Baylor Scott & White Health. She has received numerous teaching and research awards and is included in “Best Doctors of America” and “Texas Super Docs.” While women’s health issues continue to be a major focus, Dr. Sulak now is primarily involved in adult wellness with an emphasis on promotion of scientifically proven healthy lifestyles to prevent disability and disease.

Breakout sessions

Healthy Weight: Healthy Life
Stuart Higano, MD, cardiologist
Mary Mani, MD, ob/gyn 
Sherri Hoyt, RD, registered dietitian
Rebecca D. DeMargel, MS, PT,  physical therapist

The Core of the Problem: Core Strengthening for Healthier Living
Lizette Alvarez, MD,  physical medicine and rehabilitation
Ashley Luadees, OT, occupational therapist

Is Your Bladder Controlling Your Life?
Elizabeth Williams, MD, urologist
Jenny Schiek, PT, physical therapist

Is There a Better Mammogram?
Geoffrey Hamill, MD, radiologist
Paul Yazdi, MD, surgeon

How to Avoid Meeting an Orthopedic Surgeon
Richard Johnston, MD, orthopedic surgeon

Due to the popularity of this event, ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ fills quickly and space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will begin no earlier than Tuesday, April 8 at 8 a.m. Please call 314-996-LIFE(5433) or 1-800-392-0936 to register. Groups are encouraged to attend, however, participants must register individually.

Call 314-996-LIFE or 1-800-392-0936 to register.

St. Louis Children's Hospital at Missouri Baptist

St. Louis Children's Hospital at Missouri Baptist offers several classes at Missouri Baptist.

Babysitting 101
This class is a great introduction to the basics of babysitting. A 28-page workbook is provided. $30/child

Family and Friends® CPR
This video-guided program is for parents, grandparents and teenagers who babysit (ages 10-15 if accompanied by an adult). Instruction and hands-on practice for infant, child and adult CPR, first aid for choking and the use of AEDs when appropriate. Course facilitators use the American Heart Association material. Course includes a 65-page student manual. Course does not include certification. $25/person.

Infant Massage
Parents and expectant parents will learn hands-on massage techniques that promote relaxation and help develop a stronger bond with their infant (newborns through age 15 months). Parents who are not able to bring their child will be given a doll for hands-on practice. The class is taught by St. Louis Children’s Hospital certified infant massage instructors.

Each family will receive the illustrated guidebook titled Baby’s First Touch: Step-by-Step Instruction for Infant Massage, as well as a bottle of massage oil.


Pre-registration for these classes is required; please call 314-454-KIDS.

Location &
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Missouri Baptist Medical Center
3015 North Ballas Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
Missouri Baptist Outpatient Center — Sunset Hills
3844 South Lindbergh Blvd.
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127
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