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Residents take advantage of free health screening

May 16, 2009

Residents from the Tri-State area turned out by the hundreds Saturday morning to take advantage of free health-care screenings that were offered at Robinwood Medical Center near Hagerstown.

Dr. Feroz Padder said the annual event is designed to give people a basic health assessment

The 2009 Health Fair, which was sponsored by Washington County Hospital, will help people identify health "problems they might not be aware of and hopefully prevent any further events down the road," Padder said.

Participants had the opportunity to visit almost 50 stations that were set up in the Robinwood complex. Some of the services that were offered included screenings for asthma, cholesterol, carpal tunnel and osteoporosis. The fair also featured educational stations.

Judy Conrad and Evelyn Kloos, who are registered nurses in the Family Birthing Center at Washington County Hospital, said they were on hand to teach people about safe sleeping techniques for babies.

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Among other things, Conrad and Kloos said babies have a higher chance of suffocating when they sleep on their stomachs or with several items in their cribs.

"There should be nothing in the crib but the baby," Conrad said.

Hagerstown resident Robert Marks said Saturday marked the first time he visited the hospital's health fair, which is in its fourth year.

"I heard a lot about it," Marks said. "I decided to come out to see what they had to offer."

Marks said he was impressed with the event and took advantage of the cholesterol and glaucoma screenings.

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