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AVH sets health fairs in Aspen, Basalt

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital’s spring Health Fair, conducted in both Aspen and Basalt, will offer online appointments for the first time in an effort to cut down on what can be long waits for participants.

Walk-in participants are still welcome, but those with an appointment will be given first priority.

On Thursday, June 2 in Basalt, blood will be drawn for a variety of laboratory tests at the After-Hours Medical Care. On Saturday, June 4, another blood draw will take place at AVH On Sunday, June 5, the blood draw plus a variety of other screenings will be offered at the hospital. On all three days, activities take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

To make an appointment for a blood draw, visit the AVH website at http://www.avhaspen.org and click on the link in the upper right corner of the home page for Health Fair details; then follow the path to the scheduling program.

“This is a first for us,” said Ginny Dyche, health fair coordinator, in a press release, “and we hope it will minimize wait times for participants. Walk-ins will be worked in around those with appointments, so we really encourage making an appointment.”

After-Hours Medical Care in Basalt is not to be confused with the Midvalley Medical Center located on Highway 82 near El Jebel. After-Hours Medical Care is located at 234 Cody Lane (on the high school side of the highway – follow Cody Lane past the park-and-ride lot in Basalt).

The blood tests offered on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 2, 4, and 5, include a laboratory profile with thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and complete blood count (CBC) for $48, prostate specific antigen (PSA) for $28 and a cardio C-reactive protein (CRP) for $35. A colorectral cancer screening kit is also offered at $25.

The lab profile requires fasting for 12 hours (with the exception of water) and tests liver and kidney function, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL. 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 $10 through Community Health Services.

Free screenings, also offered only on Sunday, June 5, include air flow and oximetry, blood pressure, eye pressure, vision, hearing, height/weight and body mass index, knee exams (wear shorts), skin checks and oral screening.

A variety of information stations are also part of Sunday’s Health Fair. For example, a dietitian, cardiac nurse and representative from the American Heart Association will discuss nutrition and answer questions about diabetes and heart disease. AVH’s trauma program, the Komen Foundation, Pathfinders, and others will also be present. A three-dimensional model of the planned new hospital (phase two of the expansion is now under construction) will be on display. Finally, free chair massages are an added benefit to Sunday’s event.

Cash and checks are accepted as payment, but no credit cards. Parking is limited in both Basalt and Aspen, so walking, biking or riding the bus is encouraged.

For more information about the Health Fair, visit http://www.avhaspen.org or call AVH at 544-1296.

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