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Kremmling Mini Health Fairs/Flu Vaccination Clinics Featured in November

Eric Murray / Voice of Your HospitalKremmling, Colorado

Mountain Valley Medical Center in Kremmling and Timberline Family Practice in Granby will each be hosting mini-health fairs/flu vaccination clinics in November each will include reduced-cost flu vaccinations and a limited menu of specially priced lab tests. Additionally, there will be free health screenings and general health information.The 9Health Fair sees hundreds of participants throughout Grand County every April. Many people wish another health fair was available mid-way through the year to have their blood checked again and to be reminded of healthy lifestyles. These mini-events provide such an opportunity.The first mini-fair, at Timberline Family Practice in the Granby Business Center, 62543 U.S. Highway 40, is scheduled for Saturday Nov. 15, from 7 a.m. to noon. The second fair, at Mountain Valley Medical Center Kremmling Memorial Hospital, is to be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 7 a.m. to noon.Specially priced lab tests will include: Complete Blood Count (CBC) for $15, Chemistry Panel that includes cholesterol/lipids for $65 and TSH to check thyroid function for $35. For our diabetic patients we are offering the HgA1C for $15 and PSA — men’s prostate cancer screening for $25. Payment must be made at the time of the health fair by cash, check or credit card. Results of blood tests will be mailed to each patient within two weeks.As an added convenience, KMHD laboratory personnel will be available for blood draws not only during the two Saturday mini-health fairs, but also at the hospital from 7 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. Check in at the front office between these hours to have your blood drawn if either of the Saturday events don’t work for your schedule. Fasting for 8 hours is strongly recommended for best results.Flu vaccines are available at each fair while supplies last at a specially reduced price of $25. Vaccination manufacturers have lowered their prices lately, said Kym Colvin, Pharmacist at KMHD. We want to reflect those prices so as many people as possible are vaccinated this year.This special pricing is for this health fair event only and only offered while limited supplies last. The pricing is designed to encourage another opportunity to get vaccinated.”Many hospital representatives will be available for health information, blood pressure checks and pulse oximetry checks,” said Dawn Mathews, social worker. “We’re sponsoring the mini-health fair as a service to the community, not only to offer the flu vaccinations and lab tests, but also to distribute important health information.”Health information about tobacco cessation, nutrition, pediatric care, elder care and more will be available. Cathleen Malloy, registered dietitian, will be present to provide nutrition information. Five Wishes brochures, which helps to organize and determine last wishes, will be available free of charge while supplies last. Advanced directives documents including medical durable power of attorney will also be available. Michelle Liche, certified massage therapist, will be offering limited trigger point massage.Representatives of the Grand County Rural Health Network will be present to answer questions about two of their programs designed to help the uninsured. Advocacy for Children’s Health and Education Services, (A.C.H.E.S.) provides medical, dental and mental health care services, through vouchers and mobile vans, to uninsured children who qualify financially. The other program, Partners for Adults in Need of Services (P.A.I.N.S.), provides vouchers for non-emergency medical services to uninsured adults, ages 18-64, who qualify financially. They will also be offering a free book about health in both English and in Spanish. The Grand County Health & Human Services Directory is also available free of charge. Grand County EMS will also be on site to answer questions about their services as well as offer tours of EMS vehicles and explain the equipment to interested participants.Mark your calendars now and plan for a healthy holiday season by attending either of these two events. Call me if you would like more information at 724-3165. Organizations that offer health information or services are welcome to join us while space is available. The purpose is to provide as much value to attendees as possible and help make this a healthy holiday season for Grand County.

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