Health fair will demonstrate Waynesboro Hospital’s continued commitment to community
For the past 35 years, Waynesboro Hospital’s annual health fair has demonstrated a commitment to area residents. While the hospital officially became part of WellSpan Health in November, the commitment remains unchanged.
The health fair returns on Saturday, March 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Waynesboro Area Senior High School gymnasium.
In an email interview, Barbara Rossini, Summit Health’s vice president of planning and community relations, said a Summit Health Community Health Needs Assessment found that Franklin County residents needed “an enhanced ability to easily connect with healthcare information and services.”
“We’re committed to making high-quality health care accessible to community members. The health fair allows us to provide free health screenings, including basic blood work, to our neighbors and is a forum to share information on a variety of important health-related topics.”
The free event will offer screenings and information for various ages on health and wellness from Waynesboro Hospital departments, Summit Health physician practices and community agencies.
“The health fair breaks down the wall between medicine and patients, making it possible for those who attend to speak directly with doctors and other medical professionals about a variety of health topics and related concerns,” Rossini said.
The hospital’s lab team will offer free screening for cholesterol and blood sugar. Individuals who wish to have their blood tested should not eat or drink for 12 hours prior to the screening.
Additional free screenings and tests will include bone density, simple lung function, balance, grip strength, diabetic foot, blood pressure, vision and body composition.
Provision of free information and screenings as well as displays of apparatus from the Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Dept. and LifeNet81 medical helicopter, weather permitting, have been staples of the fair over the years.
New to this year’s event is Creation Station’s interactive Born Learning Trail, which is borrowed from the hospital’s partners at the United Way of Franklin County, and encourages play, physical activity and interaction between parents and children through a series of games.
In all, Rossini expects around 70 internal and external vendors to participate. Roughly 1,500 community members typically attend the fair.
“The event truly meets a community need. We receive a lot of positive feedback,” she said. “One year, a community member discovered they had diabetes as the result of the blood work offered at the health fair. That discovery meant they were able to follow up with their medical provider and get the care they needed.”