Experts to take part in Health Expo

Comprehensive blood work, dozens of free tests and important health screenings are just part of the value of the Healthy Living Expo, set for Saturday at Davis & Elkins College.

Marjory Moses, the event organizer, said one-on-one conversations with Davis Health System medical professionals and other local health experts are an invaluable part of the annual event.

“Davis Health System is proud to put patients first, and our dedicated doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who join our hospital departments at the Healthy Living Expo are a big part of that,” Moses said. “People should know the Expo is so much more than displays and screenings – it’s an opportunity to have a conversation with medical experts about your own personal health issues.”

The Healthy Living Expo runs from 7 to 11 a.m. in the McDonnell Center on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

Moses said people can be screened for many health risks and talk to other specialists such as physical and speech pathologists, pharmacists, dermatologists, dieticians and many more.

Free tests and screenings include bone density, electrocardiogram, clinical breast exam, basic vision screen, ocular coherence tomography vision screen, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, body fat and body mass index, grip strength, postural evaluations, memory screening, hearing, total cholesterol, blood glucose level, hemoccult kit, skin lesions, sun damage and balance testing.

Among the Davis Health System medical staff participating during the morning are:

Dr. Anne Banfield, obstetrics and gynecology, will represent Women’s HealthCare and the DMH Family Birthing Center and can answer questions about female health from teens to beyond menopause;

Dr. Chalak Berzingi, cardiology, will sit with the West Virginia University Heart Institute, and read the free 12-lead ECG tests as well as speak about heart health.

Dr. Kevin Cox, opthamology, will offer screening via ocular coherence tomography, which can inform patients about macular degeneration, diabetes complications and cataracts;

Dr. Jenny Cross, otolaryngology, whose practice Tygart Valley ENT will showcase hearing, sleep apnea and allergy information;

Dr. Paul Hartel, pathology, who will be with Laboratory Services in the blood test area to educate patients about the screening values.

In addition, Michelle Putnam, certified physician assistant, gastroenterology, will answer questions about colon cancer testing and other endoscopy; Madonna Varchetto-Bonner, family nurse practicioner, family and women’s health, will perform free clinical breast examinations for women; and Deborah Ransbottom, family nurse practicioner, women’s health, will bring experience in gestational diabetes and join Dr. Banfield at the Women’s HealthCare booth.

“Our region is fortunate to have so many outstanding and dedicated health care professionals,” Moses said. “The Healthy Living Expo is a great chance for people from around the area to take advantage of this expertise and improve their own health care.”

In addition to experts from Davis Health System, a large number of community health and social service groups enhance the Expo by bringing a host of educational resources together in one location. Residents can learn about massage therapy, hospice, nutrition, personal and family health, senior services, fitness classes and other health-related programs available in the area.

Davis Health System and Davis & Elkins College are the sponsors for Saturday’s Healthy Living Expo, which is free to attend. Door prizes will be awarded.

Special discounted blood work will be offered from 7 to 10 a.m. with overnight fasting recommended.

The basic blood work package starts at $30 and includes a complete blood count and comprehensive metabolic panel with lipid levels. Additional tests that may be added or ordered separately at the health fair discount include Vitamin D, TSH, PSA, CRP-cardiac, CRP-inflammatory, blood typing and HgbA1C.

More information is available by contacting Moses at 304-637-3139.