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.
This year it seems more important than ever to focus on your overall health, the hospital wanted to continue to host their event, but made changes to better conduct a health fair that would be as safe as possible for all involved, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
“For the health and safety of our community, we have decided to revamp the way we are going to do our health fair this spring,” 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.”
This year, instead of having to wait in line for a chance at various tests, patients will 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 health fair this year.” Jachelski shared. “We will be scheduling four individuals an hour, to try and maximize our time.”
The Spring Health Fair is set for Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26, with appointments scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until noon, each day.
During the event, participants will report to the hospital’s shed, where they typically conduct their COVID-19 testing, 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.”
During the event, 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.
Patient 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.
“This will drastically cut down on the time it takes to have results ready for patients,” explained Jachelski. “Before, it would take anywhere from two to three weeks before results would be available, but with us taking care of analysis in house, results will be available to participants in just 48 hours.”
When signing up, individuals will have the option to have test results loaded into the hospital’s patient portal, accessed through email, or to have them mailed directly to their home.
Participants will need to call Grafton City Hospital Patient Access at 304-265-0400 to make an appointment. 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. “To ensure we reach as many people as possible, we will be hosting an additional week of the health fair from April 12-16, for those who were not able to take part this time around.”
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 that could potentially change your life.