September 2, 2012

Free Hunters' Health Screening scheduled at E'town Hospital


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN – The annual Hunters’ Health Screening will take place at Elizabethtown Community Hospital from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

This is an opportunity for hunters to receive a basic health evaluation at no cost. The free health screening will allow hunters an opportunity to have their overall health assessed before setting out into the woods. Results will be reviewed by a physician that evening; an opportunity for consultation will follow.

The health clinic will assess blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and oxygen levels. Hospital staff will also check vision, height and weight, providing an overall health picture.

Participants will also have an EKG reading taken, an important test that measures heart health. A team of nurses and lab staff, led by Dr. Moisan, will conduct the health screening.

According to RN Julie Tromblee, basic health evaluations allow physicians an opportunity to uncover physical conditions that can put individuals at risk.

“Considering that hunters are exerting themselves in areas that may be far from home and difficult to access by emergency personnel, it’s important that they have a yearly physical to ensure that there are no major health issues that make them vulnerable,” Tromblee said. “This hospital’s mission includes protecting the health of our community members; and the Hunters’ Health Screening event allows us to do just that.”

The hospital lobby will be filled with information related to hunting, hunting safety and regulations. A representative from the New York State Department of Conservation will be on hand to answer questions in regard to laws and regulations. Local authors, safety instructors and hunting experts will also be available to discuss hunting in the local area.