Reborn from the Ashes of Disease

Greater Cincinnati Ostomy AssociationReborn from the Ashes of Disease

Serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Area Since 1959

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The Greater Cincinnati Ostomy Association is a volunteer-based health organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and advocacy for people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary diversions.

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The Greater Cincinnati Ostomy Association is now happy to be affiliated with UOAA (United Ostomy Associations of America). UOAA shares in our goals and will help us achieve our mission.

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Voice Mail: (513) 202-3345

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Support & Education Meeting Locations and Schedules


All Meetings are on hold until further notice
Please be safe and practice the protective measures being recommended
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Main Meeting Location is Bethesda North Hospital
Golder Room 1 or 2 on 2nd Floor
10500 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
In Even Numbered Months (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, & Dec )

Afternoon Satellite Meetings: West     East

Next Support & Education Meetings & Outings

New Westside Evening
Educational Support Meetings

Monday, March 9, 2020 6:30 PM
Topic: "Nutrition with an Ostomy"
Presented by: Stephanie Oliveira, MD
      & & Emily Romantic, RD, LD

CWOCN: Michele Haas Pelfrey, BSN, RN, CWOCN, M.Ed.
Mercy West Hospital

Join us for our New Educational Support Meetings at Mercy West, Room T002. We will be having meetings at 6:30 PM, on odd numbered months (except July), the rest of 2020. West side meetings have been requested, so please come out and show your support.
Location & Directions: Mercy West Hospital

Casual Dinner
Thursday March 18, 2020
Location: TBD O'Charley's - Western Hills
(6:00 PM but we start arriving around 5:30)
Address: 5075 Crookshank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238

Please RSVP if possible so we can save a seat
(513) 202-3345 or

Thursday April 17, 2020 7:30 PM
Topic: "Shehzad Saeed, MD"
CWOCNs: Lisa Berding, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
Good Samaritan Hospital

Location: Bethesda North Hospital

Previous Meetings & Gatherings

Holiday Party

Thursday December 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Topic: "Holiday Party"
Bring an appetizer or side to share. If you would like to participate in our gift Bingo, bring a wrapped gift ($5 max) to put in the pile.
Location: Bethesda North Hospital

Vendor Fair

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00 PM
Topic: Vendor Fair
Member Spotlight: Diane Sweeney
Dr. Cory Barrat MD, FACS, FASCRS - Colon and Rectal Surgery:

CWOCN: Lynne Cowley, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Good Samaritan Hospital

CWOCN: Patti Burke, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Good Samaritan Hospital

CWOCN: Joanne Diehl, RN & Doris Davis RN, CON
Christ Hospital Wound Care Clinic

A Special THANK YOU to the Companies planning to attend:
Byram Healthcare Coloplast ConvaTec Edgepark
McKesson Patient Care Solutions, Inc. Shield Healthcare

Thank You to the other Suppliers and Manufacturers Represented:
B Braun Medical Birchwood Lab. Inc. Bruce Medical Supply Calmoseptine, Inc. Celebration Ostomy Support Belt Colo-Magic Enterprises Comfort Medical Dr. Price's Vitamins Girls with Guts Hollister H2ORS Oral Rehydration Solution HyTape Mark Drug Medical Supply Na'Scent Nu-Hope The Oley Foundation Osto-EZ-Vent Osto Fresh Ostomy Secret's Parthenon Safe n' Simple Stealth Belt Inc. Stoma Lite, Inc. Trio Ostomy Care True Citrus The Quality of Life TriHealth

Dr. Cory Barrat

Vendor Fair

Weller Park

Annual Picnic
Thursday September 19, 2019
Location: Weller Park
In the Shelter which is near the Tennis Courts
8832 Weller Road, Montgomery, OH
A special Thank You to the Greater Cincinnati WOC nurses
for sponsoring the dinner this year!

Time: Shelter Reserved 5:00 to 10:00 PM
(We start arriving around 5:30)
Address: 10021 Weller Rd, Montgomery, OH 45249

Thursday August 15, 2019 7:30 PM
Topic: TBD
Guest Speaker: Rachel Faust, PsyD
Mercy Health



Rachel Faust, PsyD

Thursday June 20, 2019 7:30 PM
Ice Cream Social
Topic: "Ostomies: Not Just for Adults"
Guest Speaker: Drs. Conrad Cole, Michael Helmrath & Samuel Kocoshis
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Intestinal Care Center Physicians


Dr. Conrad Cole Dr. Michael Helmrath Dr. Samuel Kocoshis

"Ostomies: Not just for Adults"

Art of Putting yourself 1st

Thursday April 18, 2019 7:30 PM
Topic: "The Art of Putting Yourself First"
Guest Speaker: Jessica Robinson
CWOCN: Lynne Cowley, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Good Samaritan Hospital

Location: Bethesda North Hospital


Stacy Vosters

Thursday February 21, 2019 7:30 PM
Topic: "Insights from a Chronic Illness"
Stacey Vosters, GCOA member Mini Bio
PLUS Stealthbelt Video Conference



Thursday December 13, 2018 7:30 PM
Topic: "Holidat Party"
CWOCNs: Kinda Walden, BSN, RN, CWOCN
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Nancy Brown, BSN, RN, CWOCN
University of Cincinnati Medical Center



Thank you to everyone who made the event a success!

Thursday October 18, 2018 7:30 PM
Topic: "Vendor Fair"
CWOCNs: Kinda Walden, BSN, RN, CWOCN
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Monica Koch, BSN, RN, CWON
Good Samaritan Hospital

Patti Burke, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Bethesda North Hospital

A Special THANK YOU to the Companies planning to attend:
Hollister, Coloplast,
Byram Healthcare, & Convatec

Thank You to the other Suppliers and Manufacturers Represented:
B. Braun MedicalBirchwood Lab, Inc. (B-Sure)Bruce Medical SupplyByram HealthcareCelebration Ostomy Support BeltColo-MajicColoplastComfort MedicalConvatecEdgepark Medical SuppliesH2ORS Oral Rehydration SolutionHollisterHy TapeMark Drug Medical SupplyNa'ScentNu-HopeOsto-EZ-VentOsto FreshOSTOmysecretsParthenonSafe n' SimpleStealth BeltStoma Lite, Inc.Tri- Healthcare
Holister Rep Caitlan & Marlene

Thursday August 16, 2018 7:30 PM
Topic: "Skincare, Diet & Travel Considerations, during Summer Heat & Humidity"
Nurses: Nancy Dombek, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Agnes Hudak, CWOCN

Thursday June 21, 2018 7:30 PM
Spring Ice Cream Social
presented by Hollister
Topic: "The Parastomal Hernia"
Jonathan R. Snyder, MD- UC Physicians Division of Colorectal surgery
Nurse: Nancy Brown, BSN, RN, CWOCN
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

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Thursday April 19, 2018 7:30 PM
Topic: Ostomy Equipment & Supplies
Nurse: Rita Pochard, BSN, RN, ET, CWOCN
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Laura Lockwood, representative for Coloplast Care, will join Rita to discuss ostomy equipment and supplies, and answer any questions.

Guest Ostomy Supplier: Laura Lockwood from Coloplast


Thursday February 15, 2018 7:30 PM
Topic: Roundtable Discussions
Nurse: Lynne Cowley, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Good Samaritan Hospital
Guest Ostomy Supplier: Jessica Jay of B. Braun Medical

Happy New Year

How to Contact Us:

Greater Cincinnati Ostomy Association
7942 Schoolhouse Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Voice Mail: (513) 202-3345

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