One of the challenges to the overall health of our community is the pandemic caused many to put preventive health screenings aside. This is leading to individuals with more advanced health conditions because detection was done postponed. Fitzgibbon Hospital hopes since the pandemic has normalized somewhat over the last several months, people will take advantage of the low-cost labs offered at its annual health fair which will be held from 7 to 10 a.m., Friday, April 29, in the atrium at Fitzgibbon Hospital.
“We have several lab tests that people routinely seek during the health fair including their blood sugar (Hemoglobin A1C), cholesterol levels (Lipid Profile), thyroid function (TSH), blood count for anemia (CBC) and a metabolic panel that tests fluid and electrolytes along with kidney and liver function,” said Richard DeFord, Marketing Coordinator at Fitzgibbon Hospital and coordinator for the annual event. “It is important that people take advantage of this opportunity to receive the labs that could be a key to saving their lives, or at least helping them to feel better.”
The primary package at the Fitzgibbon Hospital Health Fair costs just $30, with no additional copays,making this annual health event important for many who want to monitor their health. In addition to the standard package, screening for prostate cancer (PSA) is available for men for an additional $10, and a test for the level of Vitamin D is an additional $20. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to fatigue and tiredness, pain in the bones, joints and muscles as well as sour mood, more frequent illness and anxiety.
A representative from the scheduling department at Fitzgibbon Hospital will be on hand to help individuals schedule their mammogram, colonoscopy, bone density scan and other important screenings.
“Some may wonder how long it takes to attend the health fair. We move pretty quickly because of the 12-hour fasting requirement, and we even provide breakfast for those receiving the tests. Generally, it takes about 45 minutes if the individual pre-registered for the event,” said DeFord. “This could change, depending on the total number of people who attend. But we have been doing this long enough that we have become pretty efficient, and that is why people come back year after year.”
To speed up the registration process on the morning of the event, individuals are encouraged to pre-register prior to April 23, which is a week before the event. Go to www.fitzgibbon.org/fair.