Prevost Hospital hosts health fair

Peter Silas Pasqua
Leo Poirrier and Ella Poirrier receive Carotid Ultrasound tests from Catherine Cook and Mitzi Powell of CVT at the 26th annual Prevost Hospital’s Health Fair Saturday morning.

“They tell I am going death,” Noah Boudreaux said. “That is nothing I didn’t already know.”

Boudreaux said he can’t hear at a high pitch and Hearing Instrument Specialist Frances E. Newman told him he has 20 percent blockage in his right ear Saturday morning at Prevost Hospital’s 26 annual health fair. 

Boudreaux was one of over 500 people to attend the health fair.

Prevost Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary president Trudye LeBlanc and two dozen “pink ladies” spent the last months making sure everything went off without a hitch. 

They assembled registration packets, prepared and publicized before unpacking forms early Saturday morning. .

“This is the culmination of about three months work,” LeBlanc said. “We find that is a very useful service to the community and they appreciate it and look forward to it.”

LeBlanc said people come to Prevost from Napoleonville, Gonzales, Plaquemine and St. James to take advantage of the services the fair offers. 

Prevost Hospital administrator Vince Cataldo was busy exposing antibiotics to unknown specimens Saturday morning.

“It is as successful as it has been,” Cataldo said. “People had wonderful comments. We enjoyed hearing back from the community. It lets people from surrounding areas know what services we have available at the hospital.”

Cataldo came to Prevost a month before the hospital opened in 1968 and managed the lab for 22 years before becoming administrator.

Cataldo said the health fair started in 1983 to advertise the hospital and a big draw is a $10 blood test that the hospital begins conducting Thursday to accommodate the large mass. The SMAC test checks 30 chemistries.

Nurse Linda Cataldo said over 20 vendors participated this year including Home Health Agencies, Louisiana Organs Procurement, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Blood Mobile, Dermatology Clinic and The D’ville House.

“The line snakes around the side of the hospital,” Cataldo

Alma Allen checks Geralyn Lanoix blood pressure Saturday morning.