GRAFTON—After seeing great success with their first week of their Spring Health Fair, Grafton City Hospital (GCH) is gearing up for round two of the annual event.
This year, despite the current pandemic, 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.
“To ensure we reach as many people as possible, this year, we decided to host an additional week of the health fair from April 12-16,” explained Grafton City Hospital Clinical Laboratory Director Nick Jachelski. “The second week of the Spring Health Fair will be held Monday-Friday, with appointments scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until noon, each day.”
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.
“A lot of the participants voiced their excitement over no long waits in line, as there has been in previous years,” Jachelski noted. “Everything seemed to run very smoothly, and we were able to get patients in and out fairly quickly.”
The event will be held 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, and as a way to ensure the safety of participants and staff, the hospital will be scheduling four individuals an hour, to try and maximize their time.
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.”
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.
“This will drastically cut down on the time it takes to have results ready for patients, and those taking part in the first week were very happy with the shorter turnaround time for results,” 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.
Jachelski wanted to remind those taking part in the health fair that there is a potential for heavier traffic flow, as Taylor Health Care Center begins construction of their new building.
“There will be signs posted to notify participants of the possibility for heavy machinery to be present on the grounds, along with an increased amount of traffic,” he revealed. “Those taking part in the health fair may want to show up just a few minutes early.”
“We are hoping for nice weather and a great event,” voiced Jachelski. “So, be sure to call in and get your spot reserved. During the first week, we filled all but four time slots, so make sure to schedule your appointment!”