Martha’s Vineyard Hospital health fair was a success


Saturday, the annual Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Health Fair provided visitors with the opportunity to take advantage of a gathering of health care providers and organizations, and wander the halls of the new hospital, which has been freshy decorated with the work of Island artists.

More than 49 individuals and organizations participated. Tables lined the new hospital’s main hallway, the central corridor, and the cafeteria dining room. In addition to free cholesterol screening, the hospital added a PSA prostrate blood test.

“I think it went really well this year,” said Rachel Vanderhoop, director of development and community relations. She said that the bone density scan was one of the many draws that included skin cancer screenings and eye exams. Dr. David Finkelstein provided attendees with glaucoma tests, something that many people do not seek regularly.

Representatives of many nonprofit organizations were on hand to explain their missions.

This year the hospital food service department provided healthy snacks that included fresh-baked muffins and fruit. The hospital does not charge any of the participants. It sponsors the fair each year as a community service.

Tim Walsh, hospital CEO, was among those strolling through the corridors. “I thought it was a nice turnout,” he said.