In celebration of National Rural Health Day, Hamilton Healthcare System will once again host a free, open-to-the public Community Health Fair.

The health fair sponsored by the HGH Healthcare Foundation will be Thursday, Nov. 16, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The event will offer free health screenings such as blood pressure checks, glucose testing, weight and BMI evaluations, skin checks and more. Healthcare professionals will also give assessments and information on cardiac risk, obstructive sleep apnea, congestive heart failure, depression and anxiety.

If you haven’t received your flu shot this season, it’s not too late! Flu shots will be available during the health fair for $20. Laboratory services will also offer discounted lab testing including Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, CBC, Lipid, A1C and Vitamin D for $20.

The Hamilton Wellness Center will be on site taking sign-ups and weigh-ins for the Project Zero Challenge, a challenge during the holiday months to avoid weight gain. The average American gains between seven and 10 pounds during the holidays. Sign up for this challenge to stay accountable this holiday season.

Representatives from the Hamilton Healthcare System’s IT department will be on hand to assist patients in signing up for the online patient portal to better access their medical records and communicate with their healthcare providers.

For those who have questions about insurance coverage and eligibility, a Marketplace Navigator will be available to help find the coverage that best fits their needs.

Come discover the many healthcare services and resources available in our area.

Also in celebration of National Rural Health Day, David Pearson President/CEO of Texas Organizations of Rural & Community Hospitals will recognize Nursing Staff for three outstanding awards given in 2017. 

TORCH is an organization of rural and community hospitals, corporations and interested individuals working together to address the special needs and issues of rural and community hospitals, staff and patients they serve. Its mission is to be the voice and principal advocate for rural and community hospitals in Texas and to provide leadership in addressing the special needs and issues of these hospitals.

The nursing staff at Hamilton General Hospital received the Hurst Gold Standard of Nursing Award for achieving excellence in quality nursing, which significantly contributes to the hospital’s overall patient satisfaction rating.

In addition, the hospital has been awarded a 2017 Women’s Choice Award Top 100 Hospital for Patient Experience.

The Charter Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health also recognized HGH for overall excellence in patient satisfaction.

“Nurses make up the majority of hospital staff and are one of the primary providers of patient care in our hospital,” said Grady Hooper, CEO for Hamilton Healthcare System. “Around the clock, they not only attend to patients’ clinical needs, they are there supporting patients and their families emotionally as well.

“It is wonderful that nurses are being celebrated, and we are grateful to these organizations for honoring our staff with these awards.”

Hooper and administration invite the community to congratulate staff at 10 a.m. during the health fair.

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