Health fair coming up this Saturday, another April 14 |

Health fair coming up this Saturday, another April 14

A pair of health fairs are coming up, one this weekend in Battlement Mesa/Parachute and the other on April 14 in Rifle.Blood chemistry screenings, prostate cancer tests, home colon cancer screenings, and hearing and orthopedic screenings will be offered at discounted rates at the health fairs.The Grand River Hospital District is cosponsoring the first of the fairs from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.The hospital district is partnering with the Battlement Mesa/Parachute Parks and Recreation Department, the ambulance service and the Battlement Mesa Activity Center to put on the fair.”It’s for adults 18 to 20 years of age and older,” said Kris Daler, public relations spokesperson for Grand River Hospital District. “Whether it prevents major diseases or pinpoints conditions that are basically treatable, the goal is to make (the tests) affordable. There will also be other screenings and booths.”Costs for the tests and screenings must be paid up front, but some insurance companies may reimburse their clients after a claim is submitted.The Grand River Hospital District will also host the 9Health Fair on April 14-22, providing free and low-cost screenings, along with educational information from hundreds of health-related organizations.Registered nurses, medical doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, EMTs, hospital employees and others will volunteer to participate in the 28th annual 9Health Fair based in Denver, which starts on April 14.Taking on this year’s 9Health Fair is Pat Bolles as the community chairperson. The fair draws attendants from Parachute to New Castle to Meeker and Carbondale.One of the unique features of the 9Health Fair is the ability to monitor results from tests taken at the fair from one year to the other. The 9Health Fair is a nonprofit event, and all work is done on a volunteer basis. Fees charged pay for the tests and the screening.The 9Health Fair will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14, at the Grand River Medical Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

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