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CMH Health Fair Coming

 Marysville, KS – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) will hold its 5th annual health fair Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 6 to 10 AM at the hospital. CMH offers the reduced-fee health screenings as a community service.


“We put a lot of focus on preventative care and want to help people be knowledgeable about their health, said Curtis Hawkinson, hospital administrator. “Our job is to be here when you need us, but it’s also to help make our citizens healthier,” he added.


Participants will see some changes in the format this year. In the past, CMH has always held a two-day (usually Tuesday/Wednesday) health fair, with fairs being held at theHelveringCenterin Marysville and the Community Center in Blue Rapids. This year, with completion of the new hospital, CMH will hold a one-day health fair Saturday morning, from 6-10 AM at the hospital facility. The public is asked to enter through the main (south) doors, where they will be greeted by hospital personnel for registration. Stations will be set up in the front lobby/outpatient area for blood draws. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.  


Cost of the blood profile is $25. For men, a PSA is offered for $10. The blood profile includes testing for the following:

  • Lipid profile: tests for total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol (often called good cholesterol), LDL-cholesterol (often called bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. The lipid profile is a group of tests that are often ordered   together to determine risk of coronary heart disease. 
  • TSH blood test: used to find out whether the thyroid gland is working properly and can identify conditions of an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), or an over-active thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). 
  • CBC (complete blood count): measures the concentration of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in the blood.  
  • HgbA1C (hemoglobin A1C): a test to measure the average of blood sugar over the past 90 days.
  • CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel): typically a standardized group of 14 specific tests used as  a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. The CMP includes testing for proteins, electrolytes (including potassium), liver enzymes, and kidney function tests. 
  • PSA (prostatic specific antigen): a screening test for male prostate cancer.


Note: Please remember to not eat after midnight the night before the test. You may have moderate amounts of black coffee or water. Continue taking any medications as prescribed by your physician.

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