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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland to hold fall health fair

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland has announced that it will be offering a new fall health fair on Friday, Oct. 23. The fall health fair also offers pre-registration allowing attendees to schedule a specific appointment time providing better convenience during the event.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland has announced that it will be offering a new fall health fair on Friday, Oct. 23. The fall health fair also offers pre-registration allowing attendees to schedule a specific appointment time providing better convenience during the event. Courtesy photo

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland is adding a second health fair. In addition to its spring health fair, SJH is now planning a fall event, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall on Illinois Route 143.

Hospital officials said they opted for a second health fair because of the “tremendous success” with the spring event, which more than 1,000 attend each year. Also, additional health care screening opportunities were identified through the hospital’s recently completed community health needs assessment (CHNA.

“The popularity of our annual spring health fair, along with the addition of the fall health fair, are tangible ways of St. Joseph’s Hospital to demonstrate our mission of revealing Christ’s healing love for all people through our health care ministry,” said Peggy A. Sebastian, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “The fall health fair is yet another convenient and accessible way for local residents to learn about their health, get answers to questions and walk away with information that will make it easier to live a healthy life.”

Just as with the annual spring health fair, local residents attending the fall health fair can pre-register and pre-pay. More than 700 attendees pre-registered and were able to reduce their wait at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Fair in April 2015.

“Giving the public an opportunity to pre-register has helped the Health Fair become more efficient in more ways than one,” said Megan Stanley, R.N., the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Fair coordinator. “Not only from a registration processing point of view, but more importantly, allowing attendees to start their screenings much quicker upon arrival.”

Area residents wanting to attend the 2015 St. Joseph’s Hospital Fall Health Fair must pre-register and pre-pay for an appointment time in-person at a number of upcoming pre-register sign-up events being held through Oct, 8. All taking place in the main lobby of the hospital:

▪ Thursday, Sept. 3 from 8 to 10 a.m.

▪ Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

▪ Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

▪ Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

▪ Friday, Sept. 18 from 11am-1pm

▪ Monday, Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

▪ Thursday, Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m.

▪ Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 8 to 10 a.m.

▪ Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.

▪ Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 8 to 10 a.m.

▪ Thursday, Oct. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Pre-registration will only take place in person and will be available during the events previously listed. All participants must pre-register for an appointment time.

Anyone without a scheduled appointment must wait until walk-ins are accepted after 10:30 a.m.

The SJH Health Fair is a self-pay service. St. Joseph’s Hospital will not bill your insurance plan for any services rendered. You may submit your Health Fair receipt to your insurance plan, but St. Joseph’s Hospital will not be able to provide an insurance claim.

Plus, to ensure that Fall Health Fair attendees receive test results in a timely manner, St. Joseph’s Hospital will personally mail all test results to participants in approximately two to three weeks following the Fall Health Fair; no test results will be mailed or faxed to a participant’s health care provider.

Those attending the 2015 SJH Health Fair will receive vital information about both women’s and men’s health issues, as well as nutrition.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older to take any blood test offered at the 2015 Fall St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Fair.

Tests offered at fall health fair

Free tests and screenings: Blood pressure, pulse oximetry, hearing, dental health, glaucoma, vision, nutrition.

Comprehensive Blood Screenings ($45): This screening includes complete blood chemistry; cholesterol and lipids, cardiac risk profile, anemia test, complete blood count, kidney and liver function, thyroid. This test requires a 10-hour fast.

Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) Screenings ($15): This screening is for men only. A doctor uses these results along with an exam to screen for prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that men should receive the PSA annually, beginning at age 50 or begin at age 45 if considered “high risk.” This includes African-Americans and men who have a close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65, or close relative with prostate cancer at an early age, then testing can begin at age 40.

Hemoglobin A1C ($10): This test measures the average blood glucose of diabetics during a two- to three-month period. This test requires a 10-hour fast. This test is recommended for those with or at-risk for diabetes.

Vitamin D Screening ($10): Helps in the detection of Vitamin D deficiency - needed for calcium absorption and strong bones.

Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) ($5): Measures lung function.

Bone Density Screening ($5): Heel scan on new machine for osteoporosis, or thinning bones. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, menopause, smoking, low body weight, and some medications.

Screenings with a 10-hour fast as previously identified require plenty of water only; no gum, hard candy, sugar, or sweeteners.

For more information or if you have any questions, call 651-2739 or via e-mail at sjhhealthfair@hshs.org.

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