Tidelands Health launches new community health days
Tidelands Health, the region’s largest health care provider, is taking a new approach toward regional health screenings as part of the health system’s commitment to improving community wellness.
Historically, Tidelands Health has offered several health screenings each year featuring information on common medical conditions and a wide variety of free and low-cost health testing.
In September, the health system will introduce the first of its new community health days, meant to build upon the success of the regional health screenings. The new community health days will feature the staple offerings of the regional screenings but will also spotlight certain health themes through presentations, demonstrations and informational booths. Entry is always free.
The first community health day, scheduled from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at Belin United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 4182 Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, will focus on bone, joint and muscle health. A foot exam demonstration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., with a presentation on spinal cord simulation slated for 9:30 a.m.
“Focusing on specific topics at the community health days gives us an opportunity to go into further depth on each topic,” said Monica Grey, associate vice president of transitional care services for Tidelands Health. “The new approach will add even more value to these events and increase their benefit to the health and wellness of our region.”
Lab registration forms for the Sept. 8 community health day are available in the information lobby areas of Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital or online at tidelandshealth.org/community-wellness. Walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome. Registration forms will be available at the site.
Screenings offered for free include blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and nutrition.
Low-cost screenings include a chemistry profile, $20; complete blood count with differential, $20; thyroid screen, $15; diabetes (hemoglobin A1C), $15; and PSA (prostate) for men, $15. The chemistry profile test requires a 10- to 12-hour fast.
Also available will be information about several Tidelands Health programs, including Better For Life, a new program for adults ages 50 and older.
For more information about the Sept. 8 community health day, contact the Tidelands Health community health education department at (843) 520-8447.