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 a community health fair Saturday, May 22, as part of the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce’s Springfest.

The event is 8 a.m. until noon inside the community building at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds on North U.S. 63. A variety of services will be available:

–For $15, TCMH healthcare providers will draw blood for a complete lipid panel (for cholesterol) and blood glucose.

Tests will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis; no appointments will be taken. 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 their 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.

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.

–The TCMH physical therapy department will offer a free fall risk assessment. Other free screenings include blood pressure and body fat analysis.

Colorectal cancer screening kits will be available at the TCMH general services booth for pick up by interested participants.

An informational display about MRSA and tick borne illnesses will also be set up by the TCMH infection control nurse.

–The social services department will offer information about Lifeline, advanced directives, caregiver stress and dementia.

–The emergency department will have an informational display about stroke awareness.

–The TCMH Healthcare Foundation and the fitness center will also have informational displays.

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

–The education department and TCMH Hospice of Care will offer information about their departments 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.

“Our hospital puts together an excellent display of information and provides needed screenings at little or no cost,” TCMH CEO Wes Murray said.

For additional information, 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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