With warm weather on the horizon, administrators and physicians at Star Valley Medical Center are once again reminding the community of the importance of annual wellness exams on your “spring-cleaning list.”
To promote these yearly exams, the Star Valley Medical Center laboratory is offering annual discounted wellness screening blood draws once per calendar year per resident, said Joel Johnson, public affairs director for Star Valley Medical Center.
“By offering these discounted wellness screenings once per calendar year, you can have the test run the week prior to seeing your doctor, and they would then have more pertinent results to evaluate,” Johnson explained.
Up until a few years ago, these discounted blood draws were offered March through May, which often did not coincide with patients’ visits with primary care physicians.
“Patients were having their blood drawn in May and then would not see their doctor until October,” said Connie Wright, clinics director for Star Valley Medical Center. “Your body could go through changes in that time, and the blood results would not help the doctor.”
No appointment is necessary to participate in the screenings at the laboratory at the hospital on Adams Street. And if you are not sure which of the tests to have, contact your primary care physician for direction. The results are completed in just a couple days, and with a doctor’s referral the test can be sent directly to your physician. Or, if there is no referral, you can just stop by the lab and pick up your results to take to your regular wellness exam.
Johnson explained that there are nine different tests from which to choose. The most comprehensive test, the chemistry panel, is just $30, and scores over two dozen indicators including the lipid panel, iron, calcium and your good and bad cholesterol. Other tests constitute vitamin D, testosterone, and hepatitis antibodies.
Payment will be requested upon completion of the wellness-screening voucher, Johnson said, but added, “If you would like to submit a receipt to your insurance company you will be able to after the testing.”
Regular wellness screenings or preventive exams are important components of tracking your health and wellness, Johnson emphasized. They are the foundation of health improvement and are performed to determine the possible presence of disease or other health problems.
Some general wellness screenings include blood testing, colon cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and bond density. Gender specific screenings are also recommended. For women, pap tests and mammograms are important; for men, prostate cancer screenings should be conducted regularly.
To take advantage of the Annual Wellness Screening Program, patients need only fast for eight to 10 hours – for some tests — before going into the medical center’s laboratory in the morning, although water is encouraged. Patients do not need appointments, and they do not meet with a doctor. There are screening vouchers available to fill out.