Prevost Memorial holds annual Health Fair

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Prevost employees pose for a group photo at the annual Health Fair June 10, 2017.

The Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville offers a plethora of services to the public at their annual health fair, many of which are free of cost. 

The recent Health Fair was held on Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Hospital Administrator Vincent Cataldo said that it was the 35th Annual Health Fair event held at the hospital. Cataldo said he has put in 50 years at Prevost. On this day each year, the hospital typically hosts between 300-500 people that are able to come in for basic screenings.

Those screenings include blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximetry, vision screening, hearing screening and even skin cancer screening. St. Elizabeth Physicians were on hand, and United Blood Services-Blood Mobile was parked out front.

"We have the home health care agencies," Cataldo said. "We have the hospice agencies. We have the clinic from across the street." 

Additionallly, Toni Naquin of Restorix Health said she would like to get the word out that the hospital offers wound care twice-a-week on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Patients could also receive cardiac calcium scores and bone density and low dose CT lung cancer screens. Many people, including a large group of Prevost staff were on hand to administer these services. Plenty free information was on hand about diet and nutrition.

"The health fair seems to be successful again this year," Cataldo said. "The number of people we see year-to-year runs pretty close. The number of people that you're short each year, you could actually name from attrition."

Late into the event the lines moved quickly. For most services, all one had to do was sign their name to get checked out.