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More than 1,000 flock to Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair

Event offered free screenings, including lab work, body fat, waist measurement, and bone density

March 12, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Angie Pukavige, R.N., Waynesboro Hospital, assesses three-year-old Jacob Bittinger's monkey "Oranges" before suturing the stuffed animal's leg at the 28th annual Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair on Saturday at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Claudia Westman doesn't have a family doctor. To help her remain the picture of health, she took advantage of some of the health screenings at Saturday's 28th annual Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair.

"They have an excellent reputation for health fairs. Since I don't have a regular doctor, this is a good opportunity to get some things done that I don't do on an annual basis," said Westman, of Mercersburg, Pa.

Westman's friend, Deb Scarcella, works for a health care provider and said it's sad when people can't afford medical care.

"There are more and more people that don't have health insurance or are on a fixed income. They just can't afford it with the way the economy is. So, this provided a valuable community service," Scarcella said.

More than 1,000 community members flocked to the free health fair, presented by Waynesboro Hospital, an affiliate of Summit Health and Capital Blue Cross.

Held at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, more than 40 exhibitors and 10 screening areas filled the high school gym.

Some of the screenings included blood pressure, lab work, vision, body fat, waist measurement, bone density screenings, foot screenings for diabetics and derma skin evaluations to detect sun damage.

"We know it's important to protect yourself and take care of your health, but we know that can sometimes be difficult. So, that's why we're really glad to be able to do this, once a year, to give our neighbors an opportunity to get blood work done and some other tests," said Jessica Walter, director of public relations for Summit Health.

In addition to screenings, the health fair provided education information on smoking cessation, safe driving and more.

"We see this as an important role in the community. We want to help our neighbors be as healthy as they can be," Walter said.

Geri Royer of Waynesboro had her cholesterol checked at the health fair.

"I carry a higher cholesterol, and I don't have a doctor's appointment again until August," said Royer, who said the results would be mailed to her.

The health fair didn't leave kids out of a chance to learn about preventative health care and first aid.

Children like 3-year-old Jacob Bittinger of Waynesboro were given a stuffed animal to triage.

"Did he fall out of a tree?" Angie Pukavige, an R.N. at Waynesboro Hospital, quizzed Bittinger before suturing the tiny, stuffed monkey's leg.

Veronica Edeburn, 4, of Chambersburg, Pa., handed her pink bunny, Jester, to Jesse Weller, an advanced life support paramedic at Waynesboro Hospital, hoping he could patch up Jester's boo-boo.

"He hurt his ear," Veronica said. "He tangled with an animal."

"She likes these kind of things, and you learn so much coming here," said Edeburn's mother, Tiffany. "This is a good thing because some people might not get tests done because that means they have to go to the doctor and that means insurance; whereas, if they come here they can just get it done at no cost."

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