Prevost host 28th Annual Health Fair

Allison B. Hudson

Prevost Memorial Hospital hosted its 28th Annual Health Fair this past Saturday. Residents and out of state residents gathered early Saturday morning to be the first to receive various information and testing.

Blood tests are offered over a three day period due to high volumes of residents.

"We average around 500 patients, so we decide to draw blood over three days," says Vince Cataldo, Hospital Administrator.

This year the fair housed 16 services for residents. Some services included eye exams, hearing tests, and sleep apnea tests.

Cataldo stated that the fair is hospital funded, but there is a cost for the SMAC and Carotid Ultrasound tests.

"People travel from out of state because its such a good fair and it saves on costs for patients," added Cataldo.

Hospital employees work the fair on a volunteer basis, but Cataldo said," Without the Ladies Auxillary, none of this would be possible."

The Ladies Auxillary collects the money for the fair every year, along with assisting registration process, and ensuring traffic flows smoothly throughout the hospital.

This year the health fair saw more than 400 patients.