Ann Hamilton, radiology department director, utilizes the Revo 1100 for a peripheral artery disease screening on Madge Elmore, a volunteer with the TCMH auxiliary. (file photo)

Texas County Memorial Hospital is sponsoring its sixth annual Northwest Texas County Health Fair from 8-11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at the Roby Citizen’s Center.

Tests will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. No appointments will be taken.

Free screenings include peripheral artery disease (PAD), osteoporosis, blood pressure and body fat analysis. Also available for $15 is a complete lipid panel (for cholesterol) and blood glucose.

To ensure the most accurate results, participants are asked to avoid eating or drinking for eight hours before having their blood drawn for the screening. In addition to the lipid panel and blood glucose, each screening participant will receive an information packet about cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Results will be mailed within two weeks of the test.

The TCMH Radiology Department will offer a free peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening with its new Revo 1100. Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach and kidneys. Fatty deposits build up in the inner lining of the artery walls creating blockages that restrict blood circulation, increasing the risk of death from heart attack or stroke.

According to the American Heart Association, PAD affects eight to 12 million people in the U.S. with adults older than age 50 and diabetics having the greatest risk for the disease. The Revo 1100 is utilized to take a reading known as the “ankle brachial index” (ABI) to show the blood flow through the left and right arteries in the legs.

The ABI results from the screening are explained to participants. The screening results may indicate that additional healthcare consultation should be sought from the participant’s healthcare provider.

Also available at the health fair will be:

–Colorectal cancer screening kits at the TCMH general services booth.

–An informational display about MRSA and tick and mosquito borne illnesses by the TCMH infection control nurse. A hand hygiene demonstration will be available.

–The TCMH Social Services Department will offer information about Lifeline, advanced directives, caregiver stress, and dementia.

–The TCMH Medical Complex will feature a display about current and incoming TCMH healthcare providers.

–The TCMH Education, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy departments will offer information about their functions and hospital services available such as the American Cancer Society.

–Drawings for door prizes and other giveaways will also be available at the informational and screening booths.

The hospital’s strategic plan includes providing healthcare services to all of Texas County. The hospital says it has committed to providing an annual health fair in the northwest corner of the county.

“It’s important that we reach out to the northwest Texas County area through this annual health fair,” said Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH. “Our hospital puts together an excellent display of information and provides needed screenings at little or no cost during the Northwest Texas County Health Fair. We all look forward to attending the fair and meeting the residents who utilize our services in the far reaches of the county.”

The Roby Citizen’s Center is situated on Highway 32 between Roby and Plato. Ample parking will be available for attendees.

For additional information about the health fair, contact Libby Waterson, director of the TCMH education department, at 417-967-1340 or toll-free at 866-967-3311, ext. 340.

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