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Blood Profiles to Be Offered by JCHC

FAIRBURY – Complete blood profiles will be offered by Jefferson Community Health Center weekday mornings from March 17 through March 28.

Blood profiles appointments will be offered each morning beginning at 6 a.m. at the outpatient clinic area at Jefferson Community Health Center, 2200 H St. A limited number of appointments will be available each morning. Please make your appointment early!

The complete blood profile will cost $45. The screening will be offered by appointment only. Fasting is required prior to the blood screening. Confidential reports will be available at the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo, to be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 29.

The complete blood profile includes:

n  Comprehensive Metabolic Profile and Lipid Profile – This group of tests tells about heart, liver, kidney and sugar levels in the blood. The cholesterol is fractionated into low- and high-density levels, and gives the person’s coronary heart disease risk.

n  T4 — Basic screen for thyroid function.

n  Hemagram – This is a blood count telling the number of white blood cells and red blood cells. It also tells the hemoglobin level.

The PSA screening is not available with this screening.

The profile report includes explanations of each factor which may be considered higher or lower than normal. Anyone with concerns about their screening is encouraged to schedule an appointment with their personal family physician to discuss the results.

Since this is not a physician-ordered exam, it is not covered by Medicare or other insurance, and results are not sent to a physician. Payment will be collected at time of service. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

This screening is private pay only. If you want a complete blood profile which would be covered under an insurance preventative care option, you must have a physician-ordered screening, separate from this event.

The $45 rate is a considerable savings to patients compared to the regular costs of this type of complete blood profile, said Lab Manager Dan Reikofski.

To make an appointment for the blood profile, call outpatient services at JeffersonCommunityHealthCenter at (402) 729-6851.