St. Joseph’s in Breese will offer health screenings from 6 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Breese Knights of Columbus; Wednesday, March 14, at Germantown American Legion; Thursday, March 22, at the hospital HealthPlex; Tuesday, March 27, at Carlyle Knights of Columbus; and Wednesday, April 4, at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Trenton.
Highlighting each will be a Comprehensive Blood Screening (10-hour fast recommended) and a men’s Prostate Specific Antigen screening (no fasting). The CBS, at $40, screens for anemia, infection and diabetes, checks cholesterol levels, thyroid, liver and kidney function; the men’s PSA is $15.
Also offered with no additional blood draw will be a Hemoglobin A1C at $10 and a Vitamin D check for an extra $20. The A1c, for those with or at-risk for diabetes, indicates if treatment measures are working; the Vitamin D test checks for immune function, cancer prevention and osteoporosis treatment.
At-home colorectal screening kits will be available in packets of three for $5 per packet. Heel bone density to identify osteoporosis risks, pulmonary function to measure lung capacity and blood oxygen levels and body composition to calculate the percentage of body fat will be available at $5 per screening.
Free blood pressure checks and diabetes finger sticks will also be offered.
New this year, representatives from Illinois Eye Surgeons will offer a basic vision screening, i.e., an eye chart, and an intra-ocular pressure screening, i.e., a glaucoma check, at all five health fairs.
Everyone is also invited to drop off eyeglasses for the Lions and wigs for the patient-in-need program.
In addition, the hospital’s Mission Committee will collect donations (personal items such as disposable razors, goodies such as granola bars or entertainment items such as word search books) for active/deployed military. Contributions can be left at any of the five health fairs in the marked tubs; monetary donations to cover shipping costs will also be accepted.
Complimentary refreshments will be available. The Auxiliary will have quilt raffle tickets for sale.
Pre-registration forms will be available after Feb. 15 from the hospital Information Desk, Outpatient Registration and HealthPlex, Super Valu stores, libraries, Comprehensive Care Pharmacy in Breese, some physician offices, and Centrue and First National banks. Pre-registration forms may also be downloaded from www.stjoebreese.com; and will be published in area newspapers.
Completed documents may be dropped off at the hospital, faxed to 526-1404 or mailed to Health Fair Screenings, St. Joseph’s Hospital, PO Box 99, Breese, IL 62230, prior to the fair attending. Information may also be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Participants have the option of pre-paying for screenings. Cash, check, Discover, MasterCard or Visa information may be included with the pre-registration form; fees will also be accepted at the door.
Turning in a completed form in advance of the fair attending will allow staff to complete paperwork and may shorten an attendee’s wait time. For those not pre-registered, a three-part form will need to be completed at the fair.
Data derived from such screenings and/or lab tests require clinical correlation by a physician for interpretation. The results do not constitute a medical diagnosis.
Two copies of the results are mailed to the address provided and participants are encouraged to forward the second copy to their health care provider. Participants are responsible for following up on any test results with their health care provider.
For more information, contact 526-5439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.