Bothwell Regional Health Center will soon celebrate its 85th anniversary and as a way to say thank you to the citizens who have chosen to make the hospital their health care provider, the hospital is sponsoring a Health Fest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bothwell Education Center.
“We’ve talked about doing this for a long time,” Stephanie Hanning, community outreach coordinator, said. “It’s our way of saying thank you for allowing us to be the health care provider for the members of the community.”
“There truly is a second reason for doing this,” Lisa Church, Executive Director, Foundation and Communications, said. “It’s a way to raise health awareness in the community.”
Organizers are providing numerous screenings to allow visitors the opportunity to “Know their Numbers.” These include non-fasting cholesterol and glucose tests, pulmonary function screenings, bone density and balance and grip strength screenings among others.
“One of the services we are excited about is the brown bag special,” Church said. “It’s an opportunity for individuals to bring in the medicines, both prescription and over the counter, and we will have a pharmacist review the medication.
The medical field has become so specialized that at times patients may not ask their doctors how medicines may interact with others.
Organizers said the goal of the event is to help individuals become more aware of their health care needs and is not intended to take the place of a visit to a doctor.
All of the screenings are provided at no cost with the exception of the flu shots.
“We can bill the individual’s medical insurance or Medicare or Medicaid for the shots which are provided by the Pettis County Health Center,” Hanning said. “If individuals don’t have that coverage, they will be charged $25 for the cost of the shot.”
A series of educational presentations is also scheduled. The 15-minute presentations will cover diabetes management, wound care, breast cancer treatment, cardiac rehab, joint replacement and taking ownership of health care.
The presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Education Center.
The Breastfeeding Coalition’s Baby Café will be open and there will be activities for children as well as free refreshments and promotional giveaways.
“We really have no idea how many people to expect, but we are planning for 400,” Hanning said. “Honestly, we hope for more because we just want to say thank you to the community.”
All events and activities will take place at the Bothwell Education Center, 600 E. 14th St.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484