Press release from Dearborn County Hospital
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Dearborn County Hospital will host its 30th annual Health-A-Fair on Saturday, March 5, from 7:00 a.m. to noon, at the hospital in Lawrenceburg. The event offers a wide range of health screenings, exhibits and learning centers for those 18 years of age and older.
For the eighth consecutive year, DCH will also offer Health-A-Fair at the Miami Center in Cleves, Ohio, on Saturday, April 16, from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. This additional Health-A-Fair will be located at the Miami Center, 8 North Miami Avenue, in the building which also houses the Miami Township Public Library.
Some of the free health screenings offered at this year’s DCH Health-A-Fair in Lawrenceburg include pulmonary function, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation and height/weight. Also, free colorectal cancer screening kits will be available for use at home.
As at past Health-A-Fairs, an optional blood chemistry analysis, including an HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio, will be offered. Those wishing to have blood drawn for the blood chemistry analysis must provide the name and address of their personal physician. This information must be provided at the time of registration, whether it is at a pre-registration site or at the hospital or Miami Center on the day of the fair.
The cost of the Blood Chemistry Analysis is $30. Payment is required on the day of the fair. Both cash and personal checks will be accepted. Checks should be made out to DCH Health-A-Fair. Credit and/or debit cards will not be accepted for Health-A-Fair screenings.
Results of the analysis will be mailed to both the participant and their physician for follow-up. Individuals are reminded to bring the name and address of their physician with them when they register.
For the most accurate results, a 12 hour fast immediately before the test is recommended. Fasting is usually described as nothing to eat or drink except black coffee, plain tea, water and necessary medications. People with diabetes or those who are under a physician’s care should consult their physician before fasting. Individuals who require food or beverages other than water to be taken with their medications during the fasting period may also wish to consult their personal physician.
Also available to Health-A-Fair participants is a prostate cancer screening. Interested men may elect to have blood drawn for a prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening at the same time blood is being obtained for the chemistry analysis. As with the blood chemistry analysis, those wishing to have blood drawn for the PSA must provide the name and address of their personal physician at the time of pre-registration or registration.
The cost of the PSA is $10 per person, payable by cash or check on the day of the health fair. Results of the PSA will be mailed to both the participant and their physician for follow-up. Individuals do not have to take part in the blood chemistry analysis to participate in the PSA screening.
Participants are strongly encouraged to contact their personal urologist or family physician as soon as possible in regard to their PSA findings. Based on individual patient information, physicians may recommend that participants make appointments for digital examinations.
Health-A-Fair will also feature a variety of educational displays, learning centers and exhibits. Some of the exhibitors for this year’s health fair include Cardiologist Dr. Ashok Penmetsa, the new DCH Breast Care Center, DCH Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Departments, New Vision Medical Stabilization Services for substance abuse, DCH Speech Therapy, Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Indiana, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) of Indiana, American Cancer Society and its Breast Cancer Support Group, Dearborn and Ohio Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, Dearborn County Health Department, Gambling Recovery Services, Consumer Protection Services of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General, Lawrenceburg Public Library, LifeTime Resources, Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, SICIL Home Care Services and the Sleep Management Institute. In addition, displays will be provided by area senior living communities and long-term care facilities. The DCH Auxiliary will distribute the Vial of Life.
Sponsored by Dearborn County Hospital and the Miami Center, Health-A-Fair at the Miami Center will feature many of the same screenings and exhibits found at the original Health-A-Fair including the blood chemistry analysis and the prostate specific antigen screening.
All screening results obtained at either Health-A-Fair should be used as supplemental information by the participant. They do not replace and should not be considered a substitute for an examination by a physician. Health-A-Fair participants are encouraged to share all screening results with their personal physician.
Registration is available at the door at both locations, however, pre-registration is recommended. Sites listed below are for pre-registration for the Health-A-Fair at Dearborn County Hospital on March 5. Pre-registration sites for the Cleves event will be listed in future publications.
If you would like additional information on either Health-A-Fair, please call the hospital at (812) 537-8190 or (800) 676-5572, ext. 8190, or check the hospital’s website at www.dch.org.