What’s New at the 2022 Ruby Valley Medical Center Health Fair
Spring is here and it’s time for the Ruby Valley Medical Center’s annual Health Fair! This is an excellent opportunity to get a variety of blood tests at a significantly reduced cost. Annual blood tests provide early detection for serious diseases and conditions. The Ruby Valley Medical Center has modified the testing schedule to facilitate more community participation and there are changes for some of the testing options.
All April Health Fair!
The 2022 Health Fair will be held every weekday in April! Ruby Valley residents won’t have to mark a couple days on their calendars as a reminder to get tested. Just circle the entire month! “By running our Health Fair for the entire month, we are hoping to reach out to more patients and bring in as many community members as we can,” said laboratory manager, Laura Belisle. “It’s also easier for our lab to run this program through April and a benefit for everyone!” The lab will draw blood samples from 7am until noon. As in the past, no appointment is needed and there is no insurance billing. Check-in at the Ruby Valley Medical Center’s registration desk. Payment is due at the time of service and credit cards are accepted. Patients can expect to receive their test results by mail within two weeks.
Health Fair Test Options
The Ruby Valley Medical Center’s Health Fair will be offering a Basic Metabolic Panel, a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, a Lipid Panel, TSH, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), Complete Blood Count and Hemoglobin A1C. It helps to know what the different blood tests analyze when deciding which tests are appropriate. Checking with your healthcare provider about these tests is also recommended. For accurate test results, fasting for 8-12 hours is recommended prior to Basic Metabolic Panel, the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel and the Lipid Panel.
Basic Metabolic Panel
This is a combination of tests that evaluates blood sugar, kidney function and electrolytes. The glucose blood sugar test is used to detect hyperglycemia (high), hypoglycemia (low) and diabetes. Kidney function is evaluated by the BUN, Creatinine and eGRF tests and determines how well your kidneys are filtering toxins or waste from your blood. Sodium, potassium, chloride, carbon dioxide, and calcium are electrolytes that are important for muscle, heart, nerve and other organ functions.