GRAFTON—Grafton City Hospital (GCH) is on a mission to ensure the health and safety of the residents of Taylor County, and to do so, they host a spring health fair annually.
During the weeklong event, residents can undergo screenings that will allow them to have a better understanding of any health issues that may arise. And after making changes to the annual event to better suit individuals, the hospital will continue on with their newly instituted practices.
“For the health and safety of our community, we decided to revamp the way we were holding our spring health fair,” explained Grafton City Hospital Clinical Laboratory Director Nick Jachelski. “We want to assure the community that the health and safety of our patients and staff always remains our top priority.”
Instead of having to wait in line for a chance at various tests, patients may now book a time slot to have their selected evaluations performed.
“We will be hosting the event for five hours a day, over the span of five days, to allow patients the chance to take part in the fair this spring,” Jachelski shared. “We will be scheduling four individuals an hour, to try and maximize our time.”
The Spring Health Fair is set for Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13, with appointments scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until noon, each day.
During the event, participants will report to the hospital’s shed to receive paperwork. They will be asked to pull into a specific parking spot designated for health fair goers to complete said information packet.
“Once they have completed the packet, we will take their cell phone number and will call them when it is their turn to come to the shed for their tests,” disclosed Jachelski. “During the event, patients will also be able to take advantage of our refreshment area, which will also be located outdoors.”
Through the health fair, individuals will be able to have a GCH Executive profile completed, which includes a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) that measures 14 different substances in your blood, providing important information about your body’s chemical balance and metabolism; a Lipid Panel, which measures your cholesterol and triglycerides; a Complete Blood Count (CBC) that measures red blood cells and hemoglobin, white blood cells and platelets; and a Thyroid-stimulating hormone (THS) Test to find out how well the thyroid is working.
This array of tests is being offered for $35. In addition, a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test will be available for men at a cost of $15, a Hemoglobin A-1C test is being given for $15, a Vitamin D test for $30, Blood Typing for $10 and a SARS-CoV-2 Antibody IgG Test will be administered for $42.
Patients may choose any individual test or a combination of any of the abovementioned tests, but individuals are reminded that these are all fasting tests.
“Fasting must be completed for 12 hours prior to having blood drawn,” Jachelski noted.
While in previous years, tests were sent to LabCorp, this year, the lab at the hospital will be handling the analysis on 80 percent of the tests administered.
Test results will be mailed to health fair participants, and they can expect to receive them approximately two weeks from their scheduled date.
Participants will need to call Grafton City Hospital Patient Access at 304-265-0400 to make an appointment for the fair. During that time, if they so choose, they may prepay for the tests they wish to have performed.
“We will be accepting cash, check and major credit cards during the event,” Jacheklski noted.
There is no time like the present to start taking care of your personal health, so be sure to give the hospital call to schedule an appointment.