TMH and Craig Lions Club to host community health fair

If you go

What: TMH and Craig Lions Club Community Health Fair

When: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20

Where: The Memorial Hospital at Craig, 750 Hospital Loop

Cost: Free to attend; varying costs associated with tests

Registration: Preregistration is encouraged but not required. Registration will be available the day of.

— For those Moffat County residents concerned because the 9News Health Fair won’t make its usual stop in Craig this year, local health care officials have one message: have no fear.

The Memorial Hospital and the Craig Lions Club have partnered to bring a more affordable and localized community health fair to Craig. The health fair will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at the hospital and will provide testing and health information to visitors.

The Craig Lions Club has been involved with the health fair for 33 years. Lions Club President and health fair coordinator Kristi Shepherd said it was time to make it local.

“It wasn’t anything the 9News Health Fair had done,” Shepherd said. “It was just time to bring it home.”

Shepherd said a common misconception she’s heard in the community is that both the Lions Club and TMH will make money off the fair. Shepherd said that simply isn’t true, and the goal of the fair is to make screenings affordable for the community.

The costs of several tests have been lowered this year. Blood screenings are $5 less, while the prostrate screening is $15 less. Purchasing tests in groups will result in even greater savings.

Jennifer Riley, the hospital’s chief of organizational excellence, said the event would also make a shift toward becoming more fair-like, including informational booths on a wide variety of health topics.

TMH emergency medical services will give talks on the “VIAL of L.I.F.E.,” a way to alert EMS professional and others about medical information in case of emergency. There will be a booth to discuss breast health and an anatomical model for visitors to see and touch to distinguish between good and bad lumps. There will be fire extinguisher training and a drawing for two free fire extinguishers; information on advance directives and Do Not Resuscitate orders; financial information help; information on how to obtain medical records; and a voucher for $40 bone composition scans, a savings of $50.

Dr. Jon Hamilton of TMH will be at the fair to talk about heart attacks; the director of physical therapy will talk about the importance of exercise; and Dr. Jeff Womble will discuss colon screenings.

Riley said nursing students and others also will participate in the fair.

“It’s the social event of the year,” Shepherd said. “It’s one-stop shopping.”

Officials said another advantage of having the fair hosted locally is the ability for all lab testing to be done at TMH, which will give physicians immediate access to results. Results also will be mailed to participants.

Lions Club members and all TMH staff member are volunteering to work the event.

Early registration is encouraged but not required. Those having blood drawn should fast for 12 hours before the procedure unless they are diabetic.

“We wanted to make this commitment to the community because they’ve definitely made commitments to us,” Riley said.

There also will be a senior blood draw from 7 to 11 a.m. April 18 at Sunset Meadows II in Craig. The draw is for anyone 65 and older, and pre-registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Meadows 2.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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