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Health Fair Scheduled for Saturday, February 4 - Surgical Robot on Display

Health Fair Scheduled for Saturday, February 4 - Surgical Robot on Display

January 12, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Regional Medical Center will sponsor its 31st annual health fair on Saturday, February 4 from 9 am – 1 pm at Coastal Grand Mall.  The health fair is held the first Saturday in February each year to attract residents and snowbirds.

Over 40 medical and healthcare exhibitors will be available for information and screenings.  Grand Strand Regional will offer a Panel 30 blood profile for $25.  The profile includes thyroid, complete cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides), total iron, sodium, glucose, calcium, magnesium, total protein, protein, potassium and more.  Fasting for 12 hours before the screening is required for accurate results; diabetics should bring a snack to eat immediately after the blood draw. The profile is for individuals age 18 and over.

The public will have the opportunity to practice their skills on the hospital’s surgical robot – used for urologic, surgical and gyn procedures.  Grand Strand Regional is the only hospital in Horry and Georgetown counties with robotic assisted surgery expertise.  Benefits include less pain, smaller incisions, less blood loss and a quicker recovery than traditional surgery.

Free screenings at the health fair include: vision, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, stress, glucose, BMI and more.

“Not only is this an opportunity to get a baseline or check on your health each year, it is an opportunity for those who don’t have a physician or visit their physician regularly,” said Joan Carroza, marketing director.  “Many people may delay visiting a physician this year to save a few dollars so we hope people will take advantage of both the free screenings and the opportunity to talk with healthcare providers.  An individual’s health is a priority and results of the free screenings and the lipid profile may help people decide whether to seek additional care.”

“The health fair also is an opportunity for residents and visitors to meet some of the newer physicians who have joined the medical staff or learn more about existing physician practices,” Carroza added.

Many physician practices associated with Grand Strand Regional will participate in the health fair including specialists in internal medicine, family practice, oncology, ear, nose & throat, cardiology, podiatry, breast cancer, trauma/surgery and geriatrics.  Grand Strand Regional Medical Center will have representatives discussing nutrition, diabetes, breast health, heart health, CPR, general hospital information, senior health, volunteers and surgery.

For individuals wishing to fill out blood profile registration forms early, forms are available January 25 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, South Strand Medical Center, HealthFinders @ Coastal Grand Mall, Carolina Forest Senior Health Center and the North Strand Senior Health Center in Little River.

Pre-registration is not required nor are appointments available for the blood draw. Call 839-9933 for more information.

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