Sycamore Shoals Hospital to host community health screening Oct. 8

Published 10:02 am Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Metro Services Area residents are invited to take part in a low-cost community health screening at Sycamore Shoals Hospital on Saturday.

Metro Services
Area residents are invited to take part in a low-cost community health screening at Sycamore Shoals Hospital on Saturday.

Sycamore Shoals Hospital will be hosting a low-cost community health screening event of the year next weekend.
“It’s the last one this year,” said Corey Paulson, director of marketing and communications for Sycamore Shoals Hospital. “We will have another one in January. We do them every three months.”
Participants will receive a free blood pressure check at the event and get blood work drawn and processed at a very low cost, Paulson said.
Included in the tests for the blood work, lab staff will check blood glucose, hematocrit (which is the percentage of red blood cells present in the blood), triglycerides, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and risk ratio testing. The cost of the blood work is $15 (cash or check), and no insurance is required, Paulson said.
The health screenings will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7-9 a.m. in the classrooms at the hospital, which are located near the cafeteria.
“These are fasting blood work tests, so participants should not eat or drink anything for eight to 10 hours prior to the tests,” Paulson said. The tests are done early in the morning, he said, because patients are required to fast for several hours prior to the screening.
The test samples will be processed on site at the SSH phlebotomy lab, and the results will be mailed to participants within a week, Paulson said. Participants can take their results to their primary care physician if they want to, Paulson said.
Each year, Sycamore Shoals Hospital hosts four community health screenings — one each quarter — as a way to promote better health for the community. Providing health screenings to the public is just one way Mountain States Health Alliance, which operates Sycamore Shoals Hospital, wants to serve the community, Paulson said.
“Sycamore Shoals Hospital’s goal is to be a great community partner,” Paulson said.
“We want to do our best to keep the community aware of their health and provide them with a way to stay healthy.”
At each screening, an average of 30-40 people participate, which average to around 150 per year, Paulson said.
“This allows people to come in and get their levels checked — their cholesterol and their blood glucose — at a low cost who might not have been able to afford it otherwise,” he said.
To register, call 800-888- 5551. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Park on the east side of the hospital (to the right of the main entrance) and enter under the blue awning.

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