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Health Fair Coming To Skyline Hospital

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

This year, the 2011 Community Health Fair will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.

The Health Fair will run from 7 to 11 a.m. each day.

Keeping people healthy by providing quality health care close to home is the primary goal of Skyline Hospital.

More than 200 people are expected to attend to receive the low cost or no cost health screenings.

The Health Fair, in its 30th year, will be held in the unfinished 13,000 square-foot lower-level of the new patient wing. The Skyline Foundation is in the process of raising funds to turn this location into a place where all the community can meet and eat.

The foundation will be at the Health Fair serving breakfast. All proceeds from the meal will go toward the foundation's community space project.

The Health Fair provides a low cost way for participants to have general health assessed. There is no charge for admission. Free screenings include blood pressure, height and weight, and balance testing. Colorectal Cancer screening kits are available for home testing.

Osteoporosis, mammography and bone density information is free of charge at the Health Fair and appointments can be made for mammograms. For those who do not have insurance coverage, discount coupons will be available for mammograms.

For a nominal fee, participants may have blood drawn for testing that includes a complete blood chemistry screen, a lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, coronary risk), a comprehensive metabolic panel, and a thyroid check (TSH).

This blood screening is $40. Men can include a test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) for an additional $20.

12-hour fasting is required if you are having your blood drawn.

Persons interested in the blood chemistry screening are encouraged to make an appointment. Just call Skyline Hospital at 493-1101 to schedule a time. Drop-ins are also taken.

The Health Fair is not designed to take the place of an ongoing relationship with your family physician, but assists this relationship by providing early detection, prevention, and education at little or no cost.

From the screenings, participants with diabetes, prostate cancer, hypertension and leukemia have been identified in the past.

Skyline Hospital sends a copy of these screenings to the participants and a copy will also be sent to the participant's family physician.

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