Blood draw, health fair registration is now open

By Special to the DCI


Delta County residents can mark their 2017 calendars for early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta, according to Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Club members in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia and DCMH volunteers will be partnering in the annual community health fair events again this year.

Online registration opens Jan. 9 for both the early blood draws and health fairs. Visit the hospital website at delta

hospital.org for details. Just click on the health fair heart artwork on the home page to be immediately connected to an online registration process that is very user friendly. Residents may select a location in Paonia, Cedaredge or Delta and a date for early blood draw events during early February or health fairs scheduled for mid-March.

Appointments can also be made by telephone. Call-in appointments will take place two days only, Jan. 19 and 20, on a dedicated toll free number, 888-592-6255 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily.

Early blood draws will take place in Paonia Feb. 8, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Delta-Montrose Technical College campus; in Cedaredge Feb. 9, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Civic Center; and in Delta Feb. 10 and 11, 6:30 to 10 a.m., at the DCMH Oncology Building.

The health fairs are scheduled March 15, 16 and 17 -- in Paonia March 15, 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the DMTC campus; in Delta March 16, 6:30 to 11 a.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center; and in Cedaredge March 17, 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the Civic Center.

Appointments are recommended for the health fairs to diminish long wait lines for blood work. In addition to blood draws, the March health fairs will offer free blood pressure screenings. The March 16 health fair at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta will include exhibitors with health-related products and services.

"For the second year, Quest Diagnostics will be providing the health screen results in a booklet format to help health fair participants easily understand the meaning of each of the health screen results. We are expecting the mailings from Quest to go much smoother in 2017, as some of the initial issues experienced last year have now been worked out," commented Kalahar.

Delta County Memorial Hospital only accepts cash or checks for the blood work at the health fair events. No credit cards are accepted and there is no way for DCMH to bill various insurance companies.

Fasting for 12 hours is required for all health screens requiring blood draws. Drink plenty of water, one cup of coffee is permitted, and take medications as usual.