By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The “Rockin’ Expo Health Fair,” staged by Franklin County Medical Center and many community partners on Saturday, had its biggest turnout ever.
The event was held from 8 a.m.-noon in the old Preston High School Gym. Admission was free, according to Tracie Jensen, public information officer for the hospital.
“I can’t put my finger on why we had such a large turnout. I’m sure the warm, spring day didn’t hurt anything. We do have a lot of family-oriented activities and that brings out families. And we had a lot of family groups on Saturday,” she said. “We did well over 350 blood-chem panels.”
There were information and activities of interest for every age group and need, ranging from a bounce-house upstairs at the kids sock hop, to the new “Just for Men” area and lots more, she said.
Other activities and booths included poison prevention, a fishpond, summer-safety blast off, Spongee the Clown and Kids Count, among others.
“We had a great day for our Health Fair and Wellness Expo. It was a great warm spring day for a grand turn out! The chem panel started of the day with a long line and a rush for those who had been fasting for the blood test. The line moved smoothly and soon the surrounding health information booths were busy too,” said Mike Andrus, hospital administrator.
“I was at a booth talking about the hospital remodel to come this year with a target move-in date of January 2014. I, and those around me, seemed busy constantly visiting with people as they came by. Dr. Jacob Curtis was there with a booth on bike safety.
“The Lions Club moved their eye screening service into the main gym this year with their new hi-tech, computer-based eye screening instrument. The FCMC Dietary booth seemed to be the hit of the ‘party’ with its strawberry smoothies. Everyone that came by seemed to enjoy the cool, healthy treat.”
Andrus said the staff from the FCMC Willow Valley Urgent Care Clinic was at the expo explaining new after-hour services, clinic hours and features. And who could miss the FCMC Volunteer Auxiliary (AKA Pink Ladies) for the 50’s theme with their usual Schreibers cheese, milk and cookies, he said.
The hospital administrator said close to 65 other booths on physical therapy, home care, hospice, long-term care, immunizations, prescription disposal safety, law enforcement fingerprinting, pain control and Portneuf Mammo Coach presented information to patrons.
“At the end, the kids fishing pond, face painting and the Teddy Bear Med booths were still going strong and we hated for things to wind down. We had a great time,” said Andrus.
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