PMC Health Fair just gets better and better

16_sheron_1604BEING TESTED  — Sheron Curry got tested for her blood sugar by Colleen Karper, R.N., from the Kalispell Regional Medical Center at the PMC Health Fair on Wednesday.  I-O Photo by Barb Stratman

Submitted by Lori Pocock-Fletcher

The 2012 Pondera Medical Center (PMC) Community Health Fair was once again a huge success.

The fair was very well attended by the community and vendors. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints donated the use of their church and grounds and had someone present at the church for two entire days.

The PMC is fortunate for the opportunity use the spacious church, which is large enough to accommodate all the vendors, registration area, lab draw and exam rooms and the kitchen is available for use for the entire event.

The church parking lot has enough room for all the vendors and visitors and for Mercy Flight to land and exhibit their remarkable aircraft. In addition, the church provides use of their tables and chairs and many other items.

PMC would also like to acknowledge the wonderful women of the American Legion Auxiliary, who volunteer their time to help with the lab draw registrations.

We would be hard pressed to get everyone registered without their generous donation of time.  This year, and as part of PMC’s EMR program, employees of PMC’s Patient Services department were tasked with entering all of the Lab draw data (approximately 200 individual records) and successfully ensure that information is registered in PMC’s database.

The entire event takes two days of physical preparation - days that begin early in the morning and end late in the afternoon. On the first day, the PMC Engineering department takes extra tables and other necessary items to the church, sets up the tables and chairs, vendor signs, hangs posters and banners and prepares the individual rooms for the fair.

On day two, at the end of the event, the set-up process reverses; volunteers help gather up remaining items to be returned to PMC; Engineering gathers up and takes out the trash; loads everything and returns to PMC.

PMC staff and other volunteers stay behind and clean up the kitchen, vacuum, sweep and mop the floors and whatever else needs to be done to return the church to the condition it was in prior to all of us descending upon it for the health fair. Without the hard work of the Engineering department and all the volunteers, the annual health fair wouldn’t be the event it is

Vendors in attendance kindly donated gift baskets and certificates that were given away to community members in random drawings during the fair.  The lucky winners of the donated items were:

LeAnn Hermance: a gift basket donated by Kalispell Regional Medical Center (KRMC).

Calvin VandenBos: digital photo frame donated by KRMC.

Jane Holzer: gift basket donated by AARP.

Bonnie Field: gift basket donated by Pondera County MSU Extension Office.

George Tornga: gift bucket donated by The Hearing Institute.

Vicki Corder: gift bag donated by PMC’s Physical Therapy Department.

Barb Habets: gift bag donated by Great Falls Clinic.

Again, PMC is appreciative of the use of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, community and vendor participation and PMC volunteers for making the Health Fair such a tremendous success.