Last updated: October 18. 2013 2:01AM - 898 Views

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Joseph Pratt

PDT Contributor

American Savings Bank (ASB) and King’s Daughter’s Medical Center (KDMC) have partnered together to bring a free health fair to the public this month. The health fair will be on Oct. 25 and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ASB location in Wheelersburg in hopes that they can not only spread offer free health screenings, but reach out and give back to the Wheelersburg area.

Both KDMC’s Mobile Heart Healthy Unit and Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Unit with Dr. Christopher Schmidt, will be on-site. Appointments for both are free, but the public is urged to call 1-888-377-KDMC for an appointment time.

The Prostate Cancer Screening is for men aged 55-69. The Heart screening includes total cholesterol (no fasting required), blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen and an EKG, as well as heart, stroke and tobacco education.

“We are fortunate to have these mobile resources and are very excited to team up with American Savings Bank to offer screenings in Wheelersburg,” said Kerry Tague, Director of Physician and Community Relations at King’s Daughters Medical Center.

“In addition to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s also Lupus Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month and Awareness Month,” said Summer Pettay-Kirby, commercial loan officer of American Savings Bank, “This is a terrific opportunity to showcase KDMC’s mobile screening units and bring all types of health issues, particularly those that affect many people locally, to the attention of our customers and the general public in Wheelersburg.”

Kirby is the ASB employee leading the health screening partnership and considers the health fair a great opportunity for the community to receive the screenings they need for early prevention, whether it be heart health or cancer. Kirby said that she and ASB have worked together with KDMC in the past and hopes this will be something they can host annually.

“A group of us at the bank got together and wanted to do something specifically for our Wheelersburg market. American Savings is a locally owned bank and very much focused on giving back to the small and large business owners,” Kirby said. “This was naturally what came to mind, since October is one of the very big months that cancer awareness is going on. So we reached out to King’s Daughters and asked about mobile units and how we could help coordinate this event. We were put in contact with Kerry Tague, and she worked with us to get it done.”

Kirby sees a lot of importance in hosting the free health clinic to the public.

“Clearly with the times we are in, health care and insurance affordability are very hot topics. This provides an opportunity for everyone who does or does not have insurance to come out and have a health screening, heart screening with EKG, colon screening to either continue to monitor their health or learn about some things that they can do to improve their quality of life. There are no boundaries it is completely free to anyone in the community.”

Dr. Christopher Schmidt will be performing prostate screenings and talking about prevention and monitoring with his patients during one on one. During the same time, the cardio center will be talking about cholesterol, blood pressure, sugar, blood oxygen all coupled with the EKG readings. They will also be offering tobacco, breast cancer and stroke information.

ASB will be offering extra education for medical opportunities and are also available to discuss financial education and need. They will also be providing a fun environment with free food and prizes.

“Everyone is welcome and we home the community can take benefit in this opportunity,” Kirby said.

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