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DVH’s autumn fair offers free screenings

Desert View Hospital, in partnership with Roseman University of Health Sciences, is set to hold the annual Autumn Health Awareness Festival this weekend offering the Pahrump community a number of free health screenings and entertainment as well as no-cost flu shots for the uninsured.

The 2013 Autumn Health Awareness Festival has approximately 40 vendors scheduled to appear at the event who will provide a number of different services from handing out health information to doing dental, vision and hearing screenings and even performing glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol testing for this year’s attendees.

Some of that testing, specifically the glucose and cholesterol screenings, will be provided by the Roseman University of Health Science’s student alliance group during the fair.

“It’s a nice partnership to have,” Meagan Kowalski, marketing director and physician liaison for the hospital, said. “Their student alliance comes out and does the glucose test and the cholesterol screens. And ultimately part of the reason we partner with them is those students are training to be professionals in the medical field and ultimately we hope some of them will choose to come work in Pahrump. So it’s a great partnership to have because people who many never otherwise come to Pahrump see what we have to offer.”

In addition to the free health screenings, which are open to everyone, the hospital will also be providing no-cost flu shots to the uninsured citizens of Pahrump through the Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition as well.

“We know the community looks forward to these events and we look forward to putting them on for the community. This is just another way the hospital likes to reach out to people and show them that we’re here and that we care,” Kowalski said.

Last year the Autumn Health Awareness Festival reportedly drew a crowd of 1,100 people to the DVH campus. Kowalski said the Desert View hopes to drawn even more people to the medical campus during this year’s event on Saturday.

Although the health fair is centered on the theme of health awareness, the Pahrump Silver Tappers and Dragon Cloud Dojo will also be on hand to provide entertainment throughout the event as well.

The Autumn Health Awareness Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Desert View Hospital on Saturday.

This event is free and open to the public. Hospital staff also ask that attendees refrain from using tobacco products in or around this year’s event.

For more information on this event call the hospital 775-751-7120.

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