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Free Preventive Health Fair coming August 25th

The James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Community Medicine, Johnson County Health Council and Mountain States Health Alliance will conduct a health fair on Thursday, August 25, 2011 beginning at 9:00 am through 3:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Mountain City. Thanks to monies received from a federal grant award, an array of preventive health care services are available at no cost. There are no income or insurance requirements and is free to anyone in need of preventive health screening.
Under the direction of faculty physicians from Quillen College of Medicine and Johnson County's Dr. Jim Shine, third-year medical students and several medical residents will offer preventive screenings at the health fair. According to Carolyn Sliger, Rural Programs Coordinator with ETSU, this health fair will provide a unique opportunity for people in the area to take advantage of these free services. “Nothing like this has been offered in Mountain City before,” Sliger said. Preventive health screenings can help identify risks for some diseases and potential health care problems, such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension. As the cost of medical health insurance continues to rise, the health fair offered in Mountain City allows people to undergo screenings that may not be included in their insurance plan, or not covered because of large deductibles. This service is not restricted to just Tennessee residents.
Participants can choose from a list of services, including cholesterol and glucose tests, physicals, including sports and school exams, hearing exams, an electrocardiogram if medically indicated, PAP smears and women's health exam, men's health and physicals, along with screening for osteoporosis and lung function. If necessary, additional blood work can be performed based on doctor recommendation. For those patients wishing to have their cholesterol and glucose tested, they must fast 12 hours prior to their lab work to ensure accurate results.
Once registered, participants will have their vital signs taken, including height, weight and blood pressure. Laboratory results from blood tests will be mailed within two weeks to the patient's home. Should there be abnormal test results, a list of doctors in the area will be provided. According to Sliger, the osteoporosis screening process is simple and quick. One spot on the body is measured, and results are available within three to five minutes. If abnormal findings are discovered, again patients will be given a list of physicians for additional medical care or referred to the ETSU mobile medical unit. The osteoporosis screening would typically cost approximately $30. If a patient took advantage of all of the services available at the health fair, it would cost between $700 and $1,000, Sliger added.
Patients are seen on a walk-in only basis. Should you have any questions, contact Flo Bellamy at 727-2942.