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Aspen Valley Hospital alters health fair format

Staff report

Aspen Valley Hospital is changing its traditional one- to three-day health-fair format to an appointment-based arrangement, the hospital announced Monday.

Starting this month, the two-month event will focus solely on screening blood tests, with appointments to be made Monday through Friday. The hospital will still hold its traditional spring and fall health fairs, where blood tests won’t be done.

“Our goal is to make true screening blood tests available at an affordable price, several times a year, and with minimal hassle for the health fair participant,” said Ginny Dyche, health fair coordinator and director of community relations at the hospital. “Our new system will prevent people from having to schedule their vacations around health fairs — that actually does happen — and while we’ve minimized the wait times with a scheduling program we implemented several years ago, we do still have times during each health fair when people have to wait longer than they would like to.”

The system will work like this: There will be appointments available for health fair testing every Monday through Friday during February and March. Appointments will be made on Aspen Valley Hospital’s website. Health fair participants will register at the hospital’s admissions desk on the day of their appointment, paying a discounted charge. The blood draw will occur in the hospital lab at the scheduled time. Results will be mailed directly to the participant.

On the day of the blood draw, there will not be other screenings available, such as blood pressure, vision or hearing, among other tests.

These screenings will instead be offered at two traditional health fairs in the spring and fall.

“It simply won’t be necessary to offer blood work at the traditional health fairs, as people will have had numerous opportunities to get discounted blood work done,” Dyche said. “While we’re starting with the new system in February and March, we plan to offer the blood work again in the spring, late summer and late fall.”

Additionally, laboratory offerings will be on a more limited basis than in the past, due to evidence-based research that recommends the following laboratory testing for screening purposes: a fasting blood sugar and a lipid profile (which includes cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, and LDL).The recommendations come from the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the hospital said in a statement.

For questions or more information, call 970-544-1296.

“Our current healthcare system is unsustainable and was the impetus for the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Dewayne Niebur of Aspen Medical Care. “The AVH medical staff wants people to be tested for things which are known to be beneficial. Some of the tests offered in the past have been useful for disease management purposes but have not been shown to be beneficial in screening the general public.”

He added that the hospital’s “health fairs will focus on evidence-based screening recommendations.”

“Should physicians want additional blood tests, health fair participants can have blood for these tests drawn at the same time,” Dyche said. “However, those physician-ordered tests will have to be scheduled through our scheduling department, and charges will not be discounted.”


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Aspen Valley Hospital alters health fair format

Staff report

Aspen Valley Hospital is changing its traditional one- to three-day health-fair format to an appointment-based arrangement, the hospital announced Monday.

Starting this month, the two-month event will focus solely on screening blood tests, with appointments to be made Monday through Friday. The hospital will still hold its traditional spring and fall health fairs, where blood tests won’t be done.

“Our goal is to make true screening blood tests available at an affordable price, several times a year, and with minimal hassle for the health fair participant,” said Ginny Dyche, health fair coordinator and director of community relations at the hospital. “Our new system will prevent people from having to schedule their vacations around health fairs — that actually does happen — and while we’ve minimized the wait times with a scheduling program we implemented several years ago, we do still have times during each health fair when people have to wait longer than they would like to.”

The system will work like this: There will be appointments available for health fair testing every Monday through Friday during February and March. Appointments will be made on Aspen Valley Hospital’s website. Health fair participants will register at the hospital’s admissions desk on the day of their appointment, paying a discounted charge. The blood draw will occur in the hospital lab at the scheduled time. Results will be mailed directly to the participant.

On the day of the blood draw, there will not be other screenings available, such as blood pressure, vision or hearing, among other tests.

These screenings will instead be offered at two traditional health fairs in the spring and fall.

“It simply won’t be necessary to offer blood work at the traditional health fairs, as people will have had numerous opportunities to get discounted blood work done,” Dyche said. “While we’re starting with the new system in February and March, we plan to offer the blood work again in the spring, late summer and late fall.”

Additionally, laboratory offerings will be on a more limited basis than in the past, due to evidence-based research that recommends the following laboratory testing for screening purposes: a fasting blood sugar and a lipid profile (which includes cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, and LDL).The recommendations come from the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the hospital said in a statement.

For questions or more information, call 970-544-1296.

“Our current healthcare system is unsustainable and was the impetus for the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Dewayne Niebur of Aspen Medical Care. “The AVH medical staff wants people to be tested for things which are known to be beneficial. Some of the tests offered in the past have been useful for disease management purposes but have not been shown to be beneficial in screening the general public.”

He added that the hospital’s “health fairs will focus on evidence-based screening recommendations.”

“Should physicians want additional blood tests, health fair participants can have blood for these tests drawn at the same time,” Dyche said. “However, those physician-ordered tests will have to be scheduled through our scheduling department, and charges will not be discounted.”


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