Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

PHH fall health fair canceled due to COVID-19

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s (PHH) health and wellness fair, Healthy Steps, is a regular fixture on many local residents’ calendars for October, but this year, plans will need to change. The hospital is canceling the event due to concerns about COVID-19 activity.

“We did not make this decision lightly,” said Juli Johnson, president, PHH. “We know many people who have come to rely on the reduced-cost lab testing and free health screenings will be disappointed by the cancellation. But we’re coming down on the side of caution.”

Healthy Steps typically draws about 450 to 500 visitors to the hospital twice each year, in April and October. But, said Johnson, the contagious nature of COVID-19 makes the risk involved in such a large event too great.

“We feel it would not be responsible to hold an event that brings together a large group of people,” said Johnson. “Organizations across the region – including Parkview – are cancelling festivals, indoor events and large gatherings for the same reason.”

“Our highest priority in serving the community,” she continued, “is always the health and safety of our patients and co-workers, so we remain focused on providing the very best of care while incorporating the safety measures all Parkview facilities have put in place. We also encourage area residents to keep following commonsense guidelines: wear a mask around others in public, use social distancing, wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands and stay home when sick. These simple precautions help suppress the spread of the virus.”

Johnson said she decided to announce the Healthy Steps cancellation now in order to give community members plenty of time to change their plans. “We know many people schedule medical appointments following the event to discuss screening and test results with their healthcare providers,” she said, “and we want them to be able to make alternate arrangements sooner rather than later.”

PHH and Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) offices have resumed services that had been temporarily suspended early on in the pandemic, and local residents are encouraged to schedule wellness visits and any needed lab work and imaging. Like the hospital, PPG offices have implemented additional measures for patient and co-worker safety. In-person and virtual visits with primary care providers are available.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling (877) 880-0014. Individuals without a primary care provider can call (800) PPG-TODAY to be connected with a PPG physician. Patients can also schedule appointments with their current provider via their Parkview MyChart accounts.

MyChart and Parkview OnDemand, Parkview’s two mobile apps, offer video visits with a provider right from a computer or smartphone. For more information, visit www.parkview.com/carefromhome. All PHH imaging services are available, including: 3D mammography, ultrasound, DEXA scan, CT scan, MRI, nuclear medicine, HeartSmart CT, LungSmart CT, and X-ray. Imaging and lab tests can be scheduled by calling (800) 880-0014. Saturday appointments are available for HeartSmart CT.

The spring Healthy Steps event normally takes place in April. Johnson said the hospital will continually evaluate COVID-19 activity in the community and, early in 2021, determine whether Healthy Steps can be held safely in April.