Community Health Fair Thursday

Published 2:56 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2009

For more than 10 years, Memorial Hospital and Manor has sponsored a Community Health Fair for anyone who would like to take advantage of low cost blood analysis and free screenings.

Memorial Hospital and Manor Fair will host the health fair again this year at the Bainbridge Mall on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year, the hospital laboratory is offering free blood work for one lucky individual who is the 8,000th participant. The winner will be notified at the health fair and will receive a gift from the hospital, in addition to free blood work.

The health fair is free of charge except for a fee of $18 for the laboratory wellness profile and a fee of $12 for the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) screening for prostate cancer.

The wellness profile is a value of $294 in blood tests that include a lipid profile (cholesterol), glucose, BUN, creatinine, Hemaglobin and Hematocrit tests.

The PSA test is a value of $116.

Fasting is recommended for more accurate test results.

In addition to the laboratory wellness profile and PSA screening, other screenings include blood pressure check, pulmonary function testing, vision and glaucoma tests, and body fat analysis.

According to Jodi Scott, laboratory manager at Memorial Hospital and Manor, results from the blood tests will be mailed to patients within approximately two weeks after the health fair. Participants are advised to take the report to their personal physician for review.

During past health fairs, diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and other serious illnesses have been detected in participants, which led to proper diagnosis and life-saving treatments.