Health Fair To Offer Free Checkups

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The Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus and Pfizer are holding the 13th annual Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 in the “old” gym at Payson High School.

Residents who generally do not receive health checkups are encouraged to attend this free admission health event. Health vendors will provide blood draws and testing, skin cancer screenings, dental checks, blood pressure checks, basic breast exams, hearing tests, peripheral vascular disease screenings and more.

Dr. Cynthia Booth, obstetrician/gynecologist, and Dr. Katie Raymer, general surgeon, will give breast exams. Head and neck surgeon Dr. Peter Zonakis, will offer skin cancer screenings, joined by Dennis Johnson, M.D., pathologist. Dr. Kevin Raymer will offer osteoporosis assessments. Heart and lung screenings are available courtesy of Hospice Compassus.

At Payson Care Center’s booth people can get a myofascial release treatment. Chiropractor Liz Summers is back offering chiropractic screenings. Ear canal inspections are available at the Miracle Ear booth. Nursing students from Gila Community College will test blood pressure and oxygen levels. Information on blood sugar and diabetes can be found at the CCS Medical booth. The Payson Lions Club will have hearing and eye exams.

Payson Regional Medical Center has several booths including Healthy Women, Senior Circle, Home Health, Diagnostic Imaging, peripheral vascular disease screening for the lower extremities and feet. PRMC’s laboratory staff will perform fasting blood glucose (and optional PSA for men) tests. Men’s tests are $15 and women’s are $10.

The Mollen group will offer reduced cost flu and pneumonia vaccines. Most insurance is accepted at the Mollen booth.

New this year: Safeway will offer immunization consultations and have a limited number of shingles vaccines at their booth. These vaccinations come with a 10 percent off grocery coupon and a receipt for insurance reimbursement.

Dump the Drugs will be at the Southwest Behavioral Health booth, so participants can bring their unused, expired prescription or over-the-counter medicines so they do not enter the precious water supply or are accidentally ingested by a child.

Children’s screenings at the event will include dental exams, heart and lung exams, as well as vision, and hearing tests. Parents can also get nutrition information and have children fingerprinted.

Dr. Eric Anderson is offering dental screening checks for children. Volunteers from Payson Fire and Police Departments and Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund are teaming up to offer car seats and bike helmets. Local Boy Scouts will be on hand to help this group with fingerprinting.

Parents can have their young children screened for health outside in the Gila Child Help mobile unit. They will be joined by representatives from the Payson library with the Dolly Parton book program.

This year’s health fair is sponsored by Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Pfizer and Hospice Compassus.

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