2016 Community Health Fair set for Oct. 1

Joe Denoyer - August 30, 2016 10:18 am

Southwest Medical Center has announced the 2016 Community Health Fair will take place from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Seward County Activity Center in Liberal.

     This annual event features a series of lab tests, including a comprehensive metabolic profile, lipid profile, thyroid screen and a complete blood count at a cost of $35 per person. For an additional $7.50, men can add PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing, which is recommended for men age 40 and older to test for signs of prostate cancer. Women may have a CEA (carcinoembryogenic antigen) screen for an additional $7.50 to test for certain types of cancer. An HGB A1C (glycated hemoglobin) test is also available for an additional $7.50 to help monitor long-term glucose control.

     In addition to these tests, clinical breast exams, prostate exams, spirometry testing, pulse oximetry testing and blood pressure measurements will be offered free of charge at other Southwest Medical Center booths. Free screenings offered by the Lion’s Club mobile screening unit will include visual acuity/vision screens, field of vision tests, blood pressure, blood sugar, and hearing tests. Dr. Mona Rane will also provide free skin cancer exams.

     More than 50 booths focused on health and wellness will also be on site to provide information about their organization, products, or services, in addition to providing free screenings. The Seward County Health Department is returning to the fair this year and will offer influenza vaccines at their booth.

     Cimarron Veteran & First Responder Services will cover lab testing costs for the first 100 veterans and first responders (spouses & dependents not included). Veterans are asked to present their military I.D. Veterans interested in testing may contact Chris Hickman at (620) 417-1679 for questions about eligibility.

      Several businesses and organizations, including the Seward County United Way, The Community Bank, Southern Office Supply, Conestoga Energy, ARSI, National Beef, Foss Motor Company, Heifer Source, Jim O’Grady Trucking, and Southwest Medical Center, have contributed to this community event so far to keep these important health screenings at a low cost.

     “This Community Health Fair continues to be a very well attended event, which is important as the health of each individual contributes to the health of our community as a whole. It’s exciting to see visitors from several states come receive their screenings and consult with different organizations and businesses providing health and wellness information.” Southwest Medical Center’s Marketing and Development Director, Keeley Moree, said. “Some of our visitors rely on these free and low-cost screenings each year to monitor their health, so our sponsors are such an important part of this event as their support helps keep costs low for attendees.”

      Admission to the fair is free for the general public and no pre-registration is required for lab tests or screenings. All visitors interested in having the above lab tests done at the health fair should plan to fast for at least eight hours prior to testing. Concessions will be available at the Activity Center.

     For more information about attending or sponsoring the 2016 Community Health Fair, please contact Keeley Moree at (620) 629-6335 or Rachel Brost at (620) 629-6424.

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