Delta County residents will notice improvements with community health fairs in 2014, making it easier for residents to register and spend less time waiting in line, announced Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Clubs in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia will be partnering to produce the early blood draw and health fair events as in past years.
• Greater convenience with online registration through the hospital website available in January at deltahospital.org.
• Being able to set appointments through online registration or by phone for both the early blood draw events and health fairs, reducing wait times and eliminating long lines.
• Call-in appointments will take place Feb. 3-6 on a dedicated toll free number, 888-592-6255 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
• Four new health screens will be offered in 2014 including blood work to analyze B12 levels, gluten sensitivity and testosterone levels for women and men.
Early blood draws will be held:
• Feb. 19 — in Paonia at the Delta-Montrose Technical College Paonia campus, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
• Feb. 20 — in Cedaredge at town hall, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 21 and 22 — in Delta at the DCMH oncology building, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. both days.
The health fairs will take place:
• March 19 — in Paonia at the Delta-Montrose Technical College Paonia campus, 6:30 to 10 a.m.
• March 20 — in Delta at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 6:30 to 11 a.m.
• March 21 — in Cedaredge at town hall, 6:30 to 10 a.m.
Online registration is available starting this year beginning the first week of January, through the hospital's website at www.deltahospital.org. Residents just click on the health fair heart artwork on the left-hand column of the home page and they will immediately be connected to an online registration process that is user-friendly. Residents may select a location in Paonia, Cedaredge or Delta and a date for early blood draw events during mid-February or health fairs scheduled for mid-March.
If something occurs where there is a change in plans after a resident has pre-registered through the hospital website, there is an opportunity to just re-register for a changed date, time or location. The latest registration entered by a resident is the one that will be used by Delta County Memorial Hospital.
For the first time ever March health fairs will also have set appointment times at Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta which should diminish long lines of residents waiting to get their blood work health screens. As in past years, the health fairs in March will offer blood draws for health screens, free blood pressure screenings, Body Mass Index analyses (BMIs), hearing and eye tests. The health fair at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta on March 20 will also have health-related services and displays.
If residents prefer, they may still call to set appointments for either the mid-February early blood draws or mid-March health fairs the week of Feb. 3-6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The toll-free number is 888-592-6255.
This year four new health screens will be offered in addition to the list of blood work that has been offered in previous years:
1) Vitamin B12 and folate analysis
2) Gluten sensitivity analysis – gluten/spru Test
3) Testosterone level analysis, total men
4) Testosterone level analysis, total women
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.
List of Health Screens Offered in 2014
Healthscreen , $40 — 32 metabolic functions, lipid panel with direct LDL, TSH, liver, kidney, muscle, bone, uric acid, iron panel with ferritin.
CBC (Complete Blood Count), $20 — screening presents a general picture of overall blood health and checks for infection, anemia and early signs of leukemia.
PSA (men over age 40), $30.
Hemoglobin A1C, $35 — Provides an average blood glucose level over four months and is non-fasting screening. Recommended for anyone with a family history of diabetes.
Vitamin D, $40 — concise measurement of D2 level for vitamin and nutritional absorption, D3 for conversion of sunshine absorption, and total amount of D to define, sufficient, insufficient or deficient level.
Cardio CRP (C-Reactive Protein), $40 — elevated levels of C-reactive protein can indicate vascular inflammation. Inflammation may cause cholesterol deposits to break off and clog an artery.
Insure Fit Colon Screening Kit, $35 — specific to the hemoglobin and does not react with non-human hemoglobin, vitamins, drugs, or peroxidase from food sources. No specific diet required and brush stool for easy sampling.
New Health Screens for 2014
Gluten Sensitivity (Celiac/Spru Test), $45 — s simple screening test for gluten sensitivity that measures antibodies to an enzyme (tissue tanasglutaminease) which is a normal enzyme found in the digestive system.
Vitamin B12 Levels and Folate Levels, $40 — essential for production of red blood cells, the function of nerve cells, and is required for DNA replication. Lack of these can cause anemia, fatigue, depression and poor memory.
Testosterone, Total Male, $45 — a hormone produced in males that regulates the retension of protein in the body and supports muscle mass, bone strength and sexual characteristics. Low T can cause hair loss, weight gain and decreased libido.
Testosterone, Total Female, $45 — A hormone produced in females (and males) that contributes to lean muscle mass, bone density and maintaining libido. Low T can cause brittle hair, decreased bone and muscle strength and diminished libido.
Please note that insurance is not accepted, so bring cash or a check.
For additional information and details please refer to the Delta County Memorial Hospital website www.deltahospital.org.blog comments powered by Disqus