NNRH Offers Free Blood Draw at Health & Fitness Fair

February 24, 2017

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital will offer a free blood draw and lab work at the Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, March 11. The annual event will be held at the Elko Convention and Conference Centers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Participants in the blood draw will need to refrain from eating or drinking anything except water for eight hours prior to the event. However, routine medication may still be taken during this fasting period. A snack will be provided immediately following the blood draw.

Lab results will be mailed to participants within two weeks and will include the following screenings:
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- TSH Thyroid Screening
- A1C Diabetes Screening
- Full Lipid Panel (including cholesterol and triglycerides)

This is the first year that the hospital has offered a blood draw at the Health and Fitness Fair. “There has been an onsite health fair at the Elko hospital for the last 31 years,” said Steve Burrows, Director of Community Relations at NNRH. “But this year, instead of asking the community to come to the hospital, we decided to bring these screenings directly to you.”

Burrows explained that the blood draw is not meant to be a diagnostic tool but rather a general health screening. “We hope that these lab results will start a conversation between you and your primary care physician. If just one person notices an abnormality in their numbers and follows-up with their doctor for further testing, it will be worth it for us.”

NNRH will also have several booths scattered throughout both buildings of the Convention and Conference Centers during the event. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff will be available to visit with community members and answer health-related questions. Burrows added that the hospital will also be handing out free healthcare accessories.

“Everyone loves freebies,” Burrows stated. “We’ll have free hand-sanitizer, pedometers and first aid-kits, plus tote bags to carry it all in. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Of course, the main thing is to share information about health. Our mission at NNRH is to make communities healthier. That’s why we’re thrilled to provide the blood draw and all of these services completely free of charge.”

For more information, please contact the NNRH Community Relations Department at 775-748-2007.