Aspen hospital hosts three-day health fair |

Aspen hospital hosts three-day health fair

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital’s Spring Health Fair, now a three-day event that takes place in both Aspen and Basalt, returns Friday through Sunday.

Long lines of people are typical at the fair, where inexpensive blood tests to check things like one’s cholesterol level draw plenty of attendees.

So, the hospital now offers two days of just laboratory tests – one in Aspen and one in Basalt – followed by a full-fledged health fair at Aspen Valley Hospital that features a variety of exams along with the lab profile.

On Friday, blood draws for the laboratory tests will take place at the hospital’s After-Hours Medical Care site in Basalt. Another blood draw will be held Saturday at AVH, and the blood draw plus a variety of other screening stations will be offered Sunday at AVH. The fair runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. all three days.

The Basalt location should not be confused with the Midvalley Medical Center on Highway 82 near Willits. After-Hours Medical Care is located at 234 Cody Lane (on the high school side of the highway, near the park-and-ride lot in Basalt). It is across from High Tone Auto Body and next to Isberian Rugs.

Parking is limited in both Basalt and Aspen, so walking, biking or riding the bus is encouraged.

The blood tests will include a laboratory profile with complete blood count (CBC) for $46, prostate specific antigen (PSA) for $27, and a cardio C-reactive protein (CRP) for $35. A new and improved colorectral cancer kit will be also offered for $25.

The lab profile requires fasting for 12 hours (with the exception of water) and tests liver and kidney function, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Diabetics should contact their physician regarding fasting. The CBC measures white and red blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin and hematocrit.

The cardio CRP blood test measures small levels of inflammation, an early indicator of future risk for heart attack and stroke. However, test results can be affected by any type of inflammation in the body, including tissue injury, infections, being overweight or smoking.

The PSA is offered to men 50 and older who have either never had the test or whose physicians have recommended a recheck. Other offerings, on Sunday only, include tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis boosters for $15 through Community Health Services.

Free screenings, also offered only on Sunday, include air flow and oximetry, blood pressure, glaucoma, vision, hearing, height/weight and body mass index, knee exams (wear shorts), skin checks, and waist-hip ratio.

A variety of “information stations” are also part of Sunday’s Health Fair. For example, a dietitian and representative from the American Heart Association will discuss nutrition and answer questions about diabetes and heart disease. Paramedics will offer ambulance tours and discuss injury prevention, the Komen Foundation will discuss breast health, and the Colorado Neurological Institute will provide information about strokes.

In addition, site and building plans, along with architectural renderings of the hospital master facilities plan, will be on display for those interested in the hospital’s expansion proposal.

Finally, free chair massages are available on Sunday.

Cash and checks are accepted as payment; no credit cards. For more information about the fair, go to or call 544-1296.

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