June 08, 2011
CTMC Serves Record Need During 25th Annual HealthCheck
SAN MARCOS, TX – “Great opportunity for working individuals who lack health care to get low cost screenings” was one individual’s comment echoed by the nearly 2,000 residents of Hays County who pre-registered to participate in Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) 25th annual HealthCheck on April 28, 2011. The largest screening and health fair event in Hays County offered an increased number of health screenings and services for a special anniversary reduced rate of $25. Continued economic challenges for those working and living in Central Texas seemed to contribute to the largest and most well-attended event in its 25 year history.
”We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to touch so many folks in need in our community through such a wide variety of health care resources for so many,” said Clay DeStefano, CTMC Administrative Director of PR and Marketing. “Our partnership with Texas State’s CAMCO and more than 20 of CTMC’s specialty physicians from our Medical Staff, along with an expanded number of screenings and services present that day really made a much more valuable event for participants this year,” he added.
Individuals who participated in one of the pre-event blood draws had the opportunity to review their results with physicians and/or nurses that day. Bilingual service was provided to those requiring it.
Of the nearly 2,000 who pre-registered for the event, more than 1,600 people had their blood drawn at pre-event blood draws and on the day of the HealthCheck event. This represents an increase of more than 200 participants since 2010. Estimated attendance the day of the event topped 1,000 – nearly 1/3 more than that of the 2010 event. While the event met an immediate need for many, information gathered from the tabulated results of all participants shows a greater need for Hays County leaders, schools, businesses, restaurants and healthcare providers to work together to meet the growing healthcare demands of our communities.
“The results of our analysis of the tests done as well as individual one-on-one interactions between our HealthCheck staff and all participants, have allowed us to “take the pulse” of San Marcos and the Greater Hays County area,” said Gladys Weng, D.O., HealthCheck 2011 Medical Director. “The analysis will help us re-examine and design our wellness programs to address the needs of the community and thus, hopefully improve the health of the greater community in whole.”
A quick average of all participants results provides a “snapshot” of Hays County residents’ health and the picture does not look good. Several numbers are higher than normal ranges. For example, of the 1,660 HealthCheck lab results that were analyzed, total Cholesterol was 65.5% above normal; LDL Cholesterol (“Bad” Cholesterol) was 61.8% above normal; HDL Cholesterol (“Good” Cholesterol) was 6.1% below normal (higher levels of HDL cholesterol are desirable); Triglycerides were 28.2% above normal and Glucose was 6.8% above normal.
“The takeaway is that Hays County residents are, and are going to continue, experiencing heart disease and diabetes at a higher than average rate,” said DeStefano. “That means that each of us needs to make better choices in our diet and lifestyle and work with our community leaders to help create opportunities and policies to improve the overall health of our residents,” said DeStefano.
Mark your calendar now to be a part of the 26th annual HealthCheck on April 26, 2012. For more information, visit www.ctmc.org or contact CTMC’s Institute for Healthy Living at 512-753-3818.