St. Rose offering bi-monthly Lab Fair

By John Green

The Hutchinson News

GREAT BEND -- St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center has focused on preventing health-care concerns for more than two decades at its bi-monthly Lab Fair.

It is held from 7 to 8 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month at Community Bank, 2220 Broadway, except for major holidays.

St. Rose staffs the Lab Fair with two technicians and a volunteer who greets patients.

"It is good for people without insurance or those who need blood tests more often than Medicare allows," said St. Rose Lab Technician Karen Stewart. "And we know we have caught prostate cancer early for at least five patients."

In addition, some patients want their cholesterol checked now and then to determine if their diet and exercise programs are working.

Lab Fair participants must be at least 18 years old and payment is either by check or cash; fees haven't increased in 10 years. Fasting after 10 p.m. is recommended in most cases and no referrals are required.

Tests available include cholesterol; blood type; PSA screen; hemoglobin A1C; TSH; Profiles A, B and C with different combinations of testing; comprehensive chemistry profile; and liver panel.

Doctors do not receive the results because they didn't order the tests. Patients may give the results to doctors if they want to.

For more information, call (620) 786-6612.

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