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Monday Medical: Check in, check up, check out

Lindsey Reznicek/For Steamboat Today
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If you go

What: YVMC Early blood draws

When: 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 12 through Sept. 15

Where: Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive

More information: Low cost blood tests, immunizations and flu shots, free blood pressure will be available. Pre-registration is required and opens Aug. 23.

What: YVMC Community Health Fair

When: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24

Where: Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive

More information: Low cost blood tests, immunizations and flu shots, free blood pressure, height/weight and body mass index will be available. Pre-registration is encouraged and opens Aug. 23.

Information and pre-registration are available at yvmc.org/healthfair and 970-871-2500

Looking for the scoop on the upcoming Community Health Fair events at Yampa Valley Medical Center? Your search is over.

There are two opportunities to take advantage of Early Blood Draws Sept. 12 through 15 and the Community Health Fair Sept. 24.

The cornerstone of both events is low-cost blood tests. This is the only time of year these prices are available. If you have questions about which tests are right for you, talk to your doctor in advance.

Blood tests available at Early Blood Draws and Community Health Fair are as follows.

• Health profile — $35: This health fair favorite includes cholesterol, glucose, thyroid stimulating hormone, liver function, kidney function, electrolytes and iron.

• Complete blood count (CBC) — $15: CBC tests include a white and red blood cell count, hemoglobin and platelet counts.

• Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) — $25: The test is for men only. Men should ask their doctor if this test is recommended.

• Hemoglobin A1C — $20: This test is for people managing diabetes.

Early blood draws

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for Early Blood Draws. Morning appointments are available from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 12 through Sept. 15. Pre-registration closes 48 hours before each date.

These quick, easy appointments in the YVMC conference rooms take approximately 15 minutes, in which time you will complete your blood work and can have a blood pressure screening.

For your convenience, Northwest Colorado Health also will offer flu shots and other adult vaccinations on site. No appointment is necessary for a flu shot or other vaccination, but you should plan for payment at the time of service.

Community health fair

Pre-registration and pre-payment are available and encouraged for the Community Health Fair on Sept. 24. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you want to save time, pre-registration for blood tests is highly recommended.

Pre-registration closes 48 hours before the start of the event. The Community Health Fair lasts from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., with the registration line longest before 9 a.m.

If you do walk in, lines are typically longest first thing in the morning. Patients need to fast for 12 hours before blood draws, therefore these patients often make a beeline for the blood draws. This is one scenario where the early bird doesn’t get the worm.

This year’s free health screenings are blood pressure, height/weight and BMI calculation. These require no advance sign up and are available during the entire Community Health Fair in the main YVMC hallway. Interpretation services will be available.

YVMC encourages you to check in, check up and check out one of our health fair events. Visit yvmc.org for more information and call 970-871-2500 with questions. Low-cost blood work and free screenings are just some of the ways YVMC is improving the value of healthcare and the health of our community.

Lindsey Reznicek is outreach specialist at Yampa Valley Medical Center.


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