Martha’s Vineyard Hospital hosts free health fair Saturday

Nurse Sam Cron took Rachel Berman's blood pressure at last year's health fair. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

What goes on in your local hospital’s operating room? Is your blood pressure normal? Curious about your cholesterol levels? Find out on Saturday, March 15, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s Health Fair from 8 am to noon. There is no admission fee and all events and screenings are free.

Our goal at the health fair is to connect the community with their caregivers, hopefully before they need them,” hospital director of development Rachel Vanderhoop said in a phone call with The Times this week. “We think it’s always better to know what’s out there when you’re feeling good.”

Seminar topics include operating room procedures and services, tick-borne illnesses, breast health, skin cancer, and the latest treatments and technology for life after a stroke. Screenings will be available in the hospital lab for cholesterol, lead in children, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), blood pressure, and Lyme disease, for people who think they may have had it in the past year and were not already tested or treated. Screenings for hearing by Vineyard Audiology and glaucoma by optometrists David Finkelstein and Ryan Shea will also be available.

Vineyard Dermatology will offer melanoma skin cancer screening. Call 508-693-8183 to pre-register.

Other activities include biomat sessions by Vineyard Complementary Medicine and massage therapy by Integrated Health Care. An Oak Bluffs Police Department cruiser will be parked and open to kids for an up-close look.

For more information, call the development office at 508-693-4645.