Marshall Browning Hospital to Host Community Health Fair
Du Quoin, Illinois - March 25, 2016 - Are you ready for a spring screening? Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin will be hosting a Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The heath fair will feature lab screenings at a reduced rate of just $30 (cash only). All lab testing will be done prior to the health fair from April 16 - 23. During this time, health fair labs will be drawn in the Specialty Services area on the first floor of the hospital. Lab testing hours for the health fair will be Monday - Friday (April 18-22) from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and on Saturdays, April 16 and April 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Results from the lab testing will be available at the health fair on April 30 with medical providers available to meet with individuals to explain their results. Lab screenings will include a Complete Metabolic Profile, Complete Blood Count, Lipid Profile (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, LDL, HDL), Thyroid Function Screen (TSH), Diabetic Screen (Ha1C), and Prostate Cancer Screen (PSA) for men. It is recommended that individuals do not eat or drink for eight hours prior to testing. Appointments are not necessary.
FREE screenings and services available at the Health Fair will include Blood Pressure, Pulse, Oxygen Saturation, Hearing Screenings provided by All American Hearing, Pulmonary Function, Sleep Apnea Screen, Brown Bag (bring your medications and discuss with pharmacist), Massage by Kay's Massage and Wellness, Diabetic Counseling provided by Gail Peterman, Certified Diabetic Educator, and information on skin cancer detection and prevention from Marilyn Stombaugh of Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois. Individuals may bring their unused or expired medications for free disposal by the Du Quoin Police Department. Anyone who wears a CPAP machine may bring their machine to be calibrated. Ashley Smith, Meteorologist with WSIL TV, will be available to program weather radios from 10:00 - 12:00. Individuals need to bring their weather radios to the health fair.
There will be many services for children including reduced fee dental screenings provided by Dental Safari. Dental screenings will be held in the medical clinic building across from the hospital. The dental screenings will be offered for children ages 0-19 years old and will include exam, cleaning, fluoride and sealant. Dental Safari accepts medical cards, private insurance with no co-pay, and offers a grant for a reduced fee for those with no medical card or insurance.
In addition, free child ID will be provided by Perry County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police will have their Impaired Driving golf cart to demonstrate the dangers of texting and driving and driving while intoxicated. They will also provide demonstrations on the importance of wearing a seat belt. The Perry County Health Department will provide education on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The hospital emergency department will provide bicycle safety and hand hygiene. There will also be a bounce house for children, face painting, and tours of a medical helicopter, ambulance, and fire truck. Perfect Fit Foods will be providing healthy food and snack demonstrations geared toward children at 10:00 and 12:00.
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit healthcare booths which will be located in the medical clinic, hospital, rehab and the independent living facility. There will be six-passenger golf carts to transport attendees to each of the buildings. Individuals who visit each building will have their names entered in a drawing for a grand prize. There will also be other door prizes, refreshments and giveaways throughout the health fair.
"We expect to have nearly 40 booths featuring the outstanding services of local and regional healthcare providers as well as hospital services," said Pam Logan, Director of Marketing. "The Health Fair will be a terrific opportunity to get many free screenings and important lab tests at an incredible savings," added Dan Eaves, CEO. The Student Council at Du Quoin Middle School will be sponsoring a poster contest in conjunction with the health fair for grades 5-8 that will focus on healthy lifestyles. Winning posters will be displayed at the health fair.
"Our goal is that individuals will take advantage of the many screenings and health care services and together we will build a healthier community," commented Logan.
For more information, call Pam Logan at 618-542-1033 or visit www.marshallbrowninghospital.com.