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Meeting schedule for 2021

All member meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Scroll down for directions to meeting locations. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 public health concerns, all meetings will be held virtually on Zoom, scheduled for 7PM on the first Monday of each month. If you are interested, please contact Mary Beth Akers at [email protected] for the link.



  • Monday, Jan. 4, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Dr. Rood has offered to cover IBD Covid registry and the current vaccine and will then open it up for questions on anything. (Richard P. Rood, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FASGE)



  • Monday, Feb. 1, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Adhesives, Me+ and telehealth (Laura Gates, Convatec Rep)



  • Monday, March 1, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: OstomySecrets (Sarah Biggart)
  • Wednesday, March 24 – Popup ostomy shop from 6-7pm at St. Luke’s Doctor’s North/South Building Parking Garage.



  • Monday, April 5, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Hernia Prevention: This presentation explains statistics of hernias after ostomy surgery, exercises for prevention, who is at risk of getting a hernia and makes the case on why you should consider wearing a hernia belt for prevention or especially if you already have an existing hernia; also an introduction to the Security Hernia/Ostomy Support Belts offered by Safe n Simple.



  • Monday, May 3, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Breakout Sessions


  • Monday, June 7, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Coloplast Presentation
  • Monday, June 28 – Popup ostomy shop from 6-7pm at St. Luke’s West Parking Garage. (different from last time!)


  • Monday, July 5, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Hollister Presentation – Fit + Formualtion and Convexity


  • Monday, August 2, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: General questions
  • Monday, August 9, 7 pm in-person at Hope Lutheran Church in St Charles at 1975 S Old Hwy 94, St Charles, MO 63303


  • Monday, September 13, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Medical Education / Youth Rally Recap


  • Monday, October 4, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Show and Tell!


  • Monday, November 1, 7 pm on Zoom. Topic: Pharmacy


  • Monday, December 6, 7 pm at Syberg’s




St. Louis meeting sites, directions

Meetings of the St. Louis chapter of the United Ostomy Association of America are typically held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at one of the following local hospitals:


• St. Luke’s Hospital

232 S. Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Directions: Hwy 141 & Conway, North/South Building, Emerson Auditorium, park in the North/South Parking Garage or in front of the building which is north of the main hospital.  Our meeting rooms are behind the auditorium, which is downstairs in the Atrium, one level below the floor with the fountain. Check the sign for our room number, as it may change from month to month.


• Mercy Medical Center

615 S. New Ballas Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

 Directions: Ballas & Conway Road, Von Gontard Conference Bldg, south of the Main Building. We are between Towers A and B on the first floor facing Ballas.


• Mercy Hospital South (St. Anthony’s)

10010 Kennerly Rd

St Louis, MO 63128

 Directions: Tesson Ferry, just west of Hwy 270, Hyland Education & Training Center, located behind the hospital, facing Tesson Ferry. Go in the building between the fountains and follow the signs.


• Christian Hospital

11133 Dunn Road

St. Louis, MO 63136

 Directions: Dunn Road at Hwy 367 and 270, Dietrick Building, west of the main building. Follow the signs to the Education Dept. on the second floor.


Conference Promo #7

Conference is quickly approaching. There is still time to make your reservations. You don’t want to miss out on a great chance to meet others, learn a great deal and see some great exhibitors.

Conference Promo #1

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Register for the National Conference now. Time is running out. Get a great rate and come join us for a wonderful event. Reno is also holding it’s Hot August Nights at the same time. So, car lovers……. get registered and come enjoy some social time, learning and a great opportunity to bond with others, as well as some car sightseeing.

Hope to see you there!!!

National Awareness Bike Ride

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colon Cancer, Ostomy Surgery;
Three Strikes That Will Not Stop This Survivor from Cycling
Coast to Coast

Bob Baker, an ulcerative colitis and color cancer survivor, now living with an ostomy, will leave Stamford, CT on April 16th on his bicycle starting a 4,000 mile, 3 month journey that will take him cross country to Seattle, Washington. As Baker will tell you, “By making this ride, I want to show that it is absolutely possible to live an active, healthy life-style after ostomy surgery. I plan to use this event to talk about important health issues like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, prevention of Colon Cancer and the quality of life one can attain with an Ostomy.”

Baker knows from personal experience that ostomy surgery is often perceived as something really bad, something to be avoided at all cost. But for those who truly need it, it can be a lifesaver. Acceptance takes time and he knows that what you thought would be the most horrific thing you ever had to endure, often turns out to be an incredible blessing, even a turning point in continued or renewed health. For him it was the ultimate gift. Through this tour he wants to reach out to new patients and their families to give them hope and to get the attention of those who are putting off surgery because they believe it to be physically limiting and socially unacceptable.

To follow and support Bob’s ride go to the home page of UOAA?s website,

Bob is an active volunteer in UOAA, having served as its Vice President and ASG President