Parkview Noble hosts community health fair

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KENDALLVILLE — Parkview Noble Hospital will host its 12th annual community health fair Saturday from 8-11 a.m.

Every year, the reduced-cost screening blood tests are very popular. This year, they have been renamed into wellness packages. The screening blood tests will be available from 8-11 a.m. and are located inside the hospital, 401 Sawyer Road, Kendallville, in the main floor meeting rooms.

The tests available include:

• Wellness Package A, $35 — This test includes the comprehensive metabolic profile plus the lipid test, which was formerly known as the Chem 17.

• Wellness Package B, $45 — This is the comprehensive metabolic profile plus the Hemogram, which looks at red and white cell counts in the blood, as well as hemoglobin.

• Wellness Package C, $80 — This includes everything in Wellness Package B, plus the thyroid TSH and the Glyco A1C.

• Wellness Package D, $105 — This includes everything in Wellness Package C, plus the prostate specific antigen for men age 50 and over.

A 10-12 hour fast is required for any of the wellness packages.

Individual tests that will also be available include:

• Hemogram (Anemia screening) — $10

• TSH or thyroid test, which checks the function of the thyroid — $25

• Prostate Specific Antigen for men — $30

• Ultrasensitive CRP, which checks for early heart disease — $20

• Glyco A1C, which is a test for people with diabetes or those who are suspected of having diabetes — $20

• Vitamin D, which checks a person’s level of vitamin D in the bloodstream — $45

Payment for these tests needs to be made at the time of the blood draw. Personal checks, cash and credit cards will be accepted. No doctor’s orders are needed, and appointments aren’t necessary. Light refreshments will be available after the tests for those people who are fasting.

New this year in the information booths will be a table from Change Healthcare and Parkview Health to help individuals in need of health coverage. People can meet with the representatives at this booth who will help determine if those who are presently uninsured are eligible and help them apply for government programs and assistance. Members of the community interested in this are encouraged to bring a photo ID, Social Security card, pay stub from the past 30 days or their 2016 tax returns if they are unemployed and proof of residency.

Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach for women to get their screening mammograms will also be on site that day. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 800-727-8439, ext. 68120.

Among the free screenings offered at the health fair will be bone density screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, balance testing, blood pressure checks, hands-only CPR instruction and help setting up a My Chart account. Parkview Noble birth planner and lactation consultant Michelle Harlan will also be offering free car seat inspections.

The remainder of the health fair consists of several booths showcasing hospital services and offering information on nutrition, medication assistance, diabetes management, endoscopy, wound center, outpatient therapy, surgical services, volunteer opportunities, EMS house calls, family birthing center, cancer services and more.

The Parkview Noble Cafe will be serving breakfast until 9:30 a.m., and the Parkview Noble gift shop will be open.

For more information about the event, call the Parkview Noble Community Relations office at 347-8161 or toll free at (888) 737-9311, ext. 78161.