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Sampson Regional hosting annual Care Fair on Tuesday

June 13, 2016

Sampson Regional Medical Center is doing its part in providing health care to the entire community by hosting the annual Care Fair Tuesday.

The fair will be held in the front lobby of the hospital from 3-7 p.m. Approximately 100 people took part in last year’s Care Fair that was hosted at the Wal-Mart portrait area.

According to Kristy Bland, marketing coordinator for SRMC, the health fair offers service and program information on topics that are health-related, while providing insight and analysis from medical experts — all free of charge.

According to Bland, the Care Fair is a way for the hospital to meet the needs of the community. It isn’t your typical health fair, Bland noted, because those who attend are allowed to do more than just receive basic information, they are offered an insight into their health and the way to have a healthy lifestyle.

“The different screenings we offer will guide people through what they need to do to keep their good health or better their current health lifestyle,” Bland acknowledged. “We will have experts on hand to inform them of the proper steps they need to take to better their life.”

During Tuesday’s event, those who attend will be able to have a health screening done that includes a check of cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure.

While the majority of Tuesday’s events are geared for adults, there will be something for kids too. New to the fair this year is the Teddy Bear Clinic for kids. According to Bland, undergoing and understanding medical procedures and treatments can be both frightening and overwhelming for young patients, so the hospital wanted to provide demonstrations that would help ease that feeling in young patients.

“We are asking that the children bring a sick Teddy Bear or doll and we can show the kids what to expect when they visit the doctor by performing the steps on the stuffed animal,” Bland said. “We want the kids to understand what happens and how the instruments are used when a physician works with them.”

In addition to the health screenings, Bland said there will be information in the areas of wellness and fitness, health education and women’s health. The Care Fair will also offer discovery stations where visitors can see demonstrations and have an opportunity for hands-on experiences that not only teach about health, but show someone how to better understand the best ways of taking care of themselves.

“We want everyone to know the risk factors and indicators of good health,” noted Robin Palmer, Care Fair coordinator and wellness educator for the hospital. “You want people to understand where they stand and what things they can do to help improve or maintain their health.”

Hospital employees will be volunteering their time during the fair, Bland said, as a way to give back to the community for all their support of the hospital and its staff.

The hospital will be holding a blood drive during Tuesday’s fair. Tours of the Obstetrics Unit and Wound Care Unit will be given to those interested in learning more about the hospital.