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Breese hospital Spring Health Fairs scheduled, forms available

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese will offer Health Fair screenings this spring in four communities, each from 6-10 a.m. Although walk-ins are welcome, preregistration is requested and speeds the process for everyone. Registration forms are available here, at the hospital and HealthPlex front desks, at doctor offices and Immediate Care 365 locations, Clinton County libraries, and in area newspapers. In order for your forms to be processed and your vial labels printed, a completed and signed (see bottom of form) Spring 2017 Health Fair form must be received at the hospital by 5pm Wednesday, one week before the fair you plan to attend.

The screenings will take place from 6:00 to 10:00 the following Wednesday mornings: April 5 at the Breese KC Hall; April 19 at the Carlyle KC Hall; May 3 at Trenton First United Methodist Church; and May 17 at the Germantown American Legion.

Admission to the fair is free, along with several of the screenings. Others screenings are offered at greatly reduced fees. Each location will offer the same booths, screenings and charges. Usually, all scheduled blood samples can be pulled from a single, successful stick.

Blood tests to be offered include: a Comprehensive Blood Screening (CBS) for $45; hemoglobin A1C for $10; vitamin D screening for $15; for men only, a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) for $15.

The CBS does require a 10-hour fast; however, it is recommended that medication be taken. Please follow your doctor’s orders. To ensure hydration, you may also drink water during the fast. The CBS screens for anemia, infection and diabetes; checks cholesterol levels and thyroid, liver and kidney function.

The A1C is for those with or at-risk for diabetes, and proper levels of Vitamin D are important for immune function, cancer prevention and osteoporosis treatment. Physicians use the PSA level, along with a physical exam, to screen for prostate cancer.

A noninvasive, pain-free $5 heel screening for bone density will be available. This test can point out osteoporosis risk in both men and women. When dressing for the Fair, please note that shoes and socks must be removed to receive an accurate reading. It is not necessary to have this screening more than once every two years.

At-home colorectal screening kits in packets of three will also be available for $1 per packet.

Health screenings to be provided at no cost include a blood pressure check, a diabetes finger stick, a body composition test to calculate your percentage of body fat, and pulmonary function and pulse oximetry tests to measure lung function.

Those attending may drop off eyeglasses and hearing aids for the Lions, as well as wigs, hats and scarves for the hospital’s Cancer Care Closet. Refreshments will be offered after the blood draws, and the Auxiliary will have chances for their quilt raffle available.

Completed and signed registration forms may be delivered to the hospital main lobby desk between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., faxed to 526-1404, mailed to: Health Fairs, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, PO Box 99, Breese, IL 62230; or scanned and e-mailed to sjb.healthfair@hshs.org. Screening fees in the form of cash, one check per person made payable to St. Joseph’s Hospital, or credit card information may be included with the registration forms or paid at the Fair. Please do not send cash through the mail. If you miss the fair you scheduled to attend, your information folder, along with any payment, is automatically moved to the next spring Health Fair until one is attended. – no need to register again or call the hospital. Payments will not be processed until a Fair is attended. Should you miss all the Spring Fairs, your prepaid fees will be returned. The hospital will not be responsible for billing insurance companies, and Medicare does not reimburse these fees.

On-site registration the day of the event will also be available. Results will be mailed to the address supplied on the registration form as soon as they are processed, and will become part of your hospital medical record. Please allow two to three weeks. If you have not received your results within a month, please call the hospital.

Data from the screenings and/or lab tests require correlation by a physician. The results do not constitute a diagnosis and participants are responsible for following up on any test results with their health care provider.
For more information, contact 526-5351 or sjb.healthfair@hshs.org.

The HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese Spring Health Fairs are brought to you by the following Community Rx Sponsors: Poettker Construction, Legacy Place – Breese, Community Bank of Trenton, Dairy King, First National Bank, Germantown Trust & Savings Bank, HMG Engineers, Inc., The Design Studio, and The Villas at St. James.

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