Participating health care professionals include Joe Gates, David Sherwood, Kevin J. Chismire, and Dale Yokum, as well as several EMS volunteers and nurses.
“Kudos to the local EMS folks for blood pressure screenings, labeling and dealing with samples,” said Yokum, a nurse practitioner at Mountain Medical Center in Ridgway.
There will be booths for the Center for Mental Health, the Home and Health Agency for Seniors; rehabilitation services; and the Ouray County Public Health Department will provide information on immunizations against shingles and Herpes Zoster. Plenty of educational materials will be available as well.
Blood draws will be administered 7-11 a.m., with results available in time for the March 8 Montrose Memorial Hospital Health Fair at the Montrose Pavilion.
“We will have the results within two weeks. Patients can take it to a health care provider or go to the [Montrose] Health Fair and they’ll look at it,” said Yokum.
A 12-hour fasting period is required before taking the blood test, along with the intake of plenty of water.
Other sites offering the same early blood draws are the American Legion Hall in Olathe on Feb. 5, from 6:30-9:30 a.m., and at the Montrose Pavilion Senior Center, Feb. 6-10, 6:30-9:30 a.m.
Screenings offered at the Montrose Health Fair from a blood draw include a total chemistry profile for $40, which will provide a read-out on kidney function, electrolytes, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, and over 15 components in the blood; also included in the profile is an iron, iron binding and TSH (thyroid screening). An additional screening for diabetes, a Hemoglobin A1c, is priced at $35.
For men, there is also a PSA blood test for prostate cancer priced at $30 and a CBC (complete blood count) for $20.
Tests administered in Ridgway for hearing, glaucoma, vision, blood pressure, height and weight, flexibility and grip strength testing can also be reviewed by physicians at the Montrose Health Fair.
Insurance will not be billed by health fair personnel, and no appointments are necessary for early blood draws in Ridgway and Olathe. Appointments must be made for the early blood draws in Montrose by calling 970/252-2535 between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1 during the office hours of 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, call Montrose Memorial Hospital at 970/240-7344 or Mountain Medical Center at 970/626-5123.