DMC offering blood screenings

ELKINS – Davis Medical Center will offer their popular wellness screenings on-site at the Medical Center on Saturday at the discounted price previously only offered during their annual healthy living expo.

The screenings will be held in the outpatient laboratory area of Davis Medical Center, near the Emergency Department registration.

Each year hundreds of people take advantage of the discounted screenings during the health fair. The Community Health Expo is not planned this year but officials said making the tests available to patients and the public is still very much a priority.

“The blood and carotid ultrasound screenings are two of the most popular tests,” said Carla Johnston, DLM, director of the DMC Laboratory Services. “We want people to have access to these at low prices because they are key screenings that can lead to early detection of serious health problems.”

Blood testing will be from 7 until 9 a.m. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. Individuals should fast for 12 hours before getting blood tests to ensure the most accurate results.

The Executive Profile screen includes CBC, chemistry panel and lipids: HDL & LDL cholesterol plus triglycerides and is offered at $30. Other tests available at discounted prices include TSH, PSA, A1C, Blood Type, Vitamin D, B12, Folate, Iron and TIBC. For information, pricing or an appointment for blood tests call 304-637-3861.

Carotid ultrasound screenings help detect plaque build-up inside the carotid arteries. Plaque build-up may lead to stroke or heart attack.

The carotid screenings are $50 and will be provided by appointment only from 7 until 11 a.m. Candidates may not have had a carotid ultrasound exam within the last 12 months. In addition, patients should have at least two risk factors and be over the age of fifty. Risk factors include:

Hypertension/high blood pressure

High cholesterol

Current smoker or tobacco use

Prior MI

Atrial Fib (irregular heart rate)


Prior TIA/CVA (stroke or mini strokes)

Family history of stroke

For information or an appointment for carotid ultrasound exams please call 304-637-3185. Payment for all screenings must be made at the time of the test by check or cash.