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Thursday, April 4, 2002

Saturday's RCH Health Fair to featuring testing

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., April 4, 2002 -- Reeves County Hospital personnel are excited about the  15th annual Reeves County Health Fair, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  this Saturday at the hospital.

Director of Program Development/Community Services at RCH Nancy Ontiveros said that this year's fair, "Hand in Hand in Health," is sure to be the biggest ever.

"This is the largest fair so far," she said.

Ontiveros said that with approximately 70 exhibitors planning to attend, the number of booths has exceeded that of previous years.

"We have more exhibits signed up this year than in the past few years," she said.

Citizens would have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous services that normally would cost more if done separately.

Services that would be available include EKG's for $7; PSA's for $20, blood work for $20 and mammograms.

Ontiveros said that this year the blood work service has improved.

"They've taken it one step further this year," she said, explaining that along with the normal readings taken with the blood work, a new cardiac risk panel would be deciphered.

With the cardiac risk panel, doctors would be able to tell if you would have cardiac problems in the next few years.

By being able to take a look at that doctors could give the patients recommendations on medicines to take, therapeutic drugs or a change in lifestyle to help stop cardiac problems.

"We're very excited about that," Ontiveros said.

Registration forms for the blood work are now available in the hospital lobby so people who plan to have blood work done would be able to fill out the form ahead of time to expedite the registration process on Saturday, according to Ontiveros.

However, anyone wishing to have blood work done needs to fast for 12 hours before visiting the hospital.

Citizens would also have the opportunity to receive free foot screenings from a podiatrist, free eye exams, a body fat analysis as well as hearing testing and skin care classes.

Ontiveros said that people suffering from arthritis could also receive a paraffin dip while anybody would be able to take a computerized spinal exam that would determine back problems.

A demonstration will be given on a new machine that is sure to be a big part of the future, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Ontiveros explained that the AED is a small life pack that is easy for anyone to use in efforts to save a life.

"It's a small life pack that is so easy to operate that even a sixth grader can use to save a person's life," she said.

The kids would even have a small fair of their own with the Teddy Bear Fair. Ontiveros said it is designed to help kids get over their fears of `going to the doctor.'

"It's to help reduce fears a child might have in going to the doctor or hospital," she said.

Children can bring in old teddy bears they have that are torn to receive repairs.

Also, kids would have the opportunity to visit numerous stations including a hide and wait station, a puppet show, a WIC program station and on that is called "You be the doctor."

Ontiveros said that the "You can be the doctor" station lets kids listen to their heart beat with a stethoscope while learning about circulation and the heart.

The kids would also be able to sit through a 911 demonstration, take their fingerprints and tour an ambulance.

"It's a totally child's fair back there," Ontiveros said.

Ontiveros invites the community to come out to the fair and eat free pancakes, which starts at 8 a.m., and after eating the pancakes she invites you to stay and donate blood at the blood drive.

There will also be a barbecue lunch available.

While at the fair, community members also have the opportunity to win a number of door prizes.

Ontiveros said that this year has proven to be one of the best fairs already because of the amount of support that the community has given the RCH.

"We're just so excited about the community support," she said. "This year there has just been a tremendous out pour of volunteers."

Ontiveros said that without the volunteers the health fair would not be possible.

She also hopes to see many community members come out and take advantage of the many services and information provided for the whole family.

The Reeves County Health Fair is a good opportunity for families to spend the day together while receiving information on how to better their health.

"A family can come out and make a day of it," Ontiveros said.

Golf tournament for women to aid cancer fundraising

PECOS, Thurs., April 4, 2002 -- A women's golf tournament to benefit the "Rally for a Cure" program will be held in Midland on Wednesday, April 24.

The Sixth Annual Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament will take place at the Green Tree Country Club, with a registration fee of $50 per person. Funds will go to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation for use in research to find a cure for cancer.

Players will be assigned to a foursome, with the pairings based on levels of skills for each player. A Luncheon with door prizes will be held following the tournament.

The registration fee includes green fee, cart, luncheon, and a subscription to Golf for Women magazine. For further information, call 915-694-0432.


PECOS, Thurs., April 4, 2002 -- High Wednesday 59. Low this morning 45. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 45 to 50. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph.  Friday: Morning low cloudiness, becoming partly cloudy around noon. A  20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 80.  South winds 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent  chance of thunderstorms. Lows near 50. Saturday: Partly cloudy and  breezy. A slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Sunday:  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, otherwise  partly cloudy. Lows 45 to 50. Highs in the mid 70s.


Clairebel Harrington

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