By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
The month of October serves up one big event after another
We have gotten through Harvest Fest and the chili cook-off and Home Coming and the grand opening event of the Pondera Shooting Sports Club and we’re not done yet, there is more to come.
Now comes the next super event, the Pondera Medical Center Health Fair which has moved from a traditional Tuesday to a Thursday
There is no charge to attend the Health Fair, this is a free event.
The Health Fair takes place Oct. 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 416 S. Kansas in Conrad.
Always, one of the big attractions at the Fair is the Mercy Flight helicopter from Great Falls, which will be on display from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In addition, the recently purchased new ambulance will be on display
A major health feature to the Health Fair will again be the blood screening and PSA tests. You can have this done for $40 each, (panel and PSA) for a cost of $80. The price remains unchanged from last year and is the bargain of a lifetime.
There is no better health deal in town. You can’t afford not to take advantage of this yearly special which normally would cost you hundreds of dollars.
If you take the lab tests, you are asked not to eat anything from 10 p.m. until after you have your blood drawn and to drink plenty of water.
The PMC will not bill your insurance company, or you, this needs to be paid for at the time you sign in for the tests. If needed, they will give you the necessary information you need for your insurance company.
The PMC has a full allotment of flu vaccine and will be administering flu shots at the Health Fair.
There is no admission charge to the Health Fair and there will be door prizes, beverages and healthy snacks for you.
You can also get your blood sugar and blood pressure checked at no cost.
A special highlight of the Fair will be Dr. Joseph Peters, who has joined the PMC Eye Clinic, will be on hand. He will be introduced by Dr. John Taylor who is retiring.
Dr. Peters is an interesting individual. This is his second career. He was a civil engineer for 16 years, receiving a degree in that field from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1994 from Pacific University, College of Optometry in Oregon.
Mark Jones, the PMC/CEO will be at the Health Fair all day to answer any questions you may have, or to discuss hospital services.
Giving presentations on a variety of health topics will be doctors Peter Barran, Jay Taylor and Patricia Grena. Also on hand will be PA-Cs David Arends and Lanae Williams.
Cynthia Grubb, RN CLC, from the Pondera County Health Department will be at the Fair to discuss Adult Vaccinations.
Donna Sanders, Prenatal Education Coordinator will also be at the Fair to talk about Childbirth Education.
Krista K. Keiper, OTR/L from Occupational Therapy, as well as other representatives including the Radiology Lab, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy PMC Foundation, Home Health, Montana Healthy Kids, AARP, Northern Montana Insurance, Sterling Health Plans and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will be there.
The Health Fair is an amazing and informative community event that you will not want to pass by.