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Rotary blood screening fundraiser Sept. 16-20

Personnel from Essentia Health St. Mary’s and Sanford Health help draw blood during the Rotary Blood Screening event. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Need to have your cholesterol, blood sugar or hemoglobin numbers checked? Need it done for an affordable price and in a timely manner?

The 24th annual Noon Rotary Club Blood Screening event is Sept. 16-20, and it can provide all of those things and more.

“Many deductibles have risen,” Rotarian Adrienne Buboltz said.

Cost for the Rotary blood screening is $35 and includes collection of the blood, analysis, results and refreshments after the sample is taken.

Though the event is held at Essentia Health St. Mary’s, phlebotomists from Sanford Health also help in the collection of blood samples.

The profile of tests being offered through the screening include cholesterol (blood lipids), triglyceride (blood fats), high density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL), gluclose (blood sugar), creatinine, hemoglobin, white blood count and liver (ALT).

Results are mailed out to participants within a week.

“It’s up to them to bring it to their doctor,” Buboltz said of the results.

She added that the liver test was added without any cost increase.

Fasting is required the night before the blood draw. Food and drink, except for water, is restricted for 9-12 hours before the test. If you normally take any prescribed medications in that time frame, contact your primary care provider.

She said they have about 2,200 people take advantage of the event.

Money raised from the event goes toward scholarships given through Rotary. The money also goes toward the Model United Nations assembly, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and TeacHaiti.

The blood screening is from 7-10 a.m. each day, and Buboltz said many people come before work, so those who can wait until 8:30 and after will be able to breeze through the line much quicker.

“It’s a great community service,” she said of the blood screening.

So you get your results and then what? Well, on Oct. 15, Essentia Health St. Mary’s is hosting a health fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“It’s an added benefit — what do your numbers mean,” Buboltz said.

The health fair will have presentations at 5 and 6 p.m. to talk about what the numbers mean, doctors will be on hand to provide specific answers to questions and there will be a tasters table with nutritious snacks and recipes.

There will also be information on diabetes, health risks and respiratory assessments, physical therapy instruction, flu shots (for an additional fee), blood pressure checks and more.

“It’s all coming together. I had to get 100 volunteers lined up,” Buboltz said of the Sept. 16-20 event.

There is no need to pre-register for the event. Enter and register at the main clinic entrance at St. Mary’s.

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