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Blood Profiles to be Offered at JCHC

FAIRBURY – Complete blood profiles will be offered by Jefferson Community Health Center weekday mornings March 14-18.

Blood profiles appointments will be offered from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. each morning at the outpatient clinic area at Jefferson Community Health Center, 2200 H St. The screening will be available by appointment only. A limited number of appointments will be available. Please make your appointment early!

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 19 OR those receiving the screenings may bring a self-addressed stamped envelope to have their results sent directly to them.

The complete blood profile will cost $45 and 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 Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-6851.

For more information, contact Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-3351. Jefferson Community Health Center is a 17-bed critical access hospital and 40-bed nursing home in Fairbury.