Good Samaritan will again this year host its Women’s Wellness Fair. The event will have two sessions — the first from 7-10 a.m. and the second from 4-6 p.m. — on Tuesday at Highland Woods Community Center, located at 1377 S. Hart Street Road.
Free health screenings will include bone density, blood pressure, colorectal take-home kits, and a lab draw that will test blood sugar, cholesterol (LDL and HDL), and glomerular filtration rate.
Tiffany Conover, director of marketing at Good Samaritan, encourages anyone who does not visit their doctor regularly to attend.
“This is so important to the community,” Conover said. “We want to offer these free services to those who need them.
“So often things like blood draw and this kind of testing costs money, and this is a chance to get those services for free.”
At last year’s event, Good Samaritan initiated an appointment process to limit the number of women for social distancing purposes. Even amid declining COVID-19 numbers, coordinators want to continue that this year.
“We’re doing the same process,” Conover said, “But we’re allowing some additional hospital departments to participate as well.”
Representatives from various Good Samaritan departments will be set up and on hand to answer questions and provide additional information on things like breast care, rehabilitation, stroke services, the skin spa, therapy, and more.
Other fun activities usually a part of the Women’s Wellness Fair — things like cooking demonstrations, shopping vendors, fashion shows, and exercise tutorials — have been canceled yet again this year.
Registrations are now closed for morning appointments, but walk-ins will be welcomed from 4-5:30 p.m.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, attendees will be socially distanced and must wear a mask. Fasting for 10 to 12 hours before these screenings is recommended but not required.
“We have taken precautions to ensure a safe wellness fair for all attendees,” Good Samaritan CEO Rob McLin said in a press release issued by the hospital. Conover says they already have 305 women registered — which is comparable to previous years — but they hope to see more.
“This is so important,” she said. “Women can certainly discover health issues they didn’t know about.
“This kind of free testing could save someone’s life.”