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Spring health fair returns in April, new hours

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s (PHH) health and wellness fair, Healthy Steps, will return in its usual April time frame this spring, hospital leaders announced today. The event – with a variety of free health screenings, reduced-cost lab tests and many other health-related activities will take place at the hospital on Saturday, April 18, from 7 to 10 a.m. Past attendees should note that the hours have changed and be sure to plan accordingly.

“Last year, we pushed back the Healthy Steps date to May, to allow for the completion and rededication of our Holly D. Sale Rehab and Wellness Center,” said Juli Johnson, president of PHH. “But for lots of area residents, the event has become such a fixture of their spring routines, that we’re planning it for April again.”

Free health screenings and lower-cost lab tests

Free screenings will be available for vision, hearing, dental health, balance, bone density, skin cancer and foot health, plus free blood pressure checks and breathing assessments.

Reduced-cost lab tests are available in bundled packages or as single tests. A 10-hour fast is recommended for anyone who might choose one of the bundled test packages, which run $30 to $95, depending on the tests included. Single tests include hemogram, TSH (thyroid), hemoglobin A1C, PSA (prostate), ultrasensitive CRP, vitamin D 25 hydroxy and iron. Single tests range from $10 to $25, except for the vitamin D test, which is $40. In keeping with Medicare compliance rules, PHH must charge a lab draw fee of $5 per person at this event; this fee applies whether a person orders one or multiple tests.

HeartSmart CT scans ($50) will be available by prior appointment, as will mammograms using PHH’s new state-of-the-art 3D mammography system. Patients are advised to check with their insurance provider regarding coverage prior to scheduling. To schedule either a HeartSmart CT or a 3D mammogram for the day of Healthy Steps, call (260) 355-3400. For appointments on all other days, including Saturdays, the scheduling number is (260) 266-7500. HeartSmart CT, which is available throughout the year, is appropriate for men over 40 and women over 45 who have risk factors for heart disease.

Booths and stations will offer information on a variety of Parkview services, including the Medication Assistance Program, Parkview MyChart, Parkview OnDemand (virtual visits with a healthcare provider for non-emergency health needs), and other programs, such as advance care planning. Guests may bring medications along with questions to “Ask the Pharmacist.” The Parkview Huntington Center for Wound Healing which cares for chronic, difficult-to-heal wounds will also be represented.

New this time will be the opportunity for guests to learn about peer recovery coaching, a service of Parkview Behavioral Health Institute. PHH has a peer recovery coach whose role is to help people with substance abuse disorders and family members of those in need of recovery services connect with treatment options, access resources and talk with a mentor. The mentor/coach is someone who has “been there” – either personally or as a loved one of someone who has dealt with addiction and understands the struggle.

Guests can chat with providers from Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) offices, including Steven Wynder, MD, PPG – Orthopedics, and Abby Mitchell, NP, PPG – OB/GYN.

Changes to the October event

Healthy Steps is also held in the fall. However, the next Healthy Steps, on Saturday, October 3, from 7 to 10 a.m., will have a streamlined format. Lab tests, imaging and help with MyChart and OnDemand will be available, but health screenings and information booths will not return until spring 2021.

Event extras

Free valet parking and breakfast in the HOSPITALity Café will be available. Greeters will assist with registration. The hospital gift shop will offer jewelry and accessories, baby items, and unique gifts not found in other local shops and will open especially for Healthy Steps. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Questions? Call (260) 355-3213 for event details. Please, no arrivals before 7 a.m. on the day of the event. For prices click here.