The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and Broaddus Hospital are combining efforts to provide comprehensive blood testing to the public.
The multiphasic blood screening will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Broaddus Hospital lobby. The comprehensive blood test includes more than 30 tests such as CBC, Lipids, comprehensive metabolic panel and others. There is a cost involved.
"This is a great example of two community-minded organizations coming together to help the public," Jeff Powelson, Broaddus Hospital administrator, said. "This is a valuable service, and we encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity."
Other tests are available in addition to the comprehensive profile and at an additional cost. These include the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test and the Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA). For optimal results, fasting for 12 hours beforehand may be required. Test results will be mailed to people's homes.
"This event is sponsored and coordinated locally," Dr. Don Smith, executive director of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, said. "Broaddus Hospital employees will handle the lab testing and chamber members will register participants and provide refreshments."
Appointments will not be necessary. Cash or personal checks are acceptable.
"These tests are a good way for people to keep current on their health status," Cheryl Corley, Broaddus Hospital lab director, said. "Prevention and early detection are the best protections against many diseases and conditions."