Everyone wants to live a longer, healthier life, but not everyone knows where to find answers to health questions or where to find local services and support groups. Boundary Community Hospital is hosting a Community Health Fair Saturday, May 13, 9am to noon, and it’s an excellent opportunity to visit the hospital, take advantage of free tests, visit with local health vendors, talk with local emergency services (including a peek into a Life Flight helicopter) and support local health-related non-profit organizations. This year’s event features a special area with Time Sensitive Emergency exhibits featuring trauma, stroke and heart attack.
Highlights of the Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair include: on-site blood pressure check , Accucheck instant blood sugar test, free hemoglobin A1c (glycohemoglobin) coupon, free lipid profile testing coupon, free information about Advance Directives—your right to make health-care decisions, hearing screening and nutrition counseling. Visit the Rehabilitation Services department where you can talk with the therapists, and visit Diagnostic Imaging and see the state-of-the-art test equipment including the new Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner, installed in summer 2016. Attendees can also buy vegetable plants and flowers for your garden from Eden Landscaping to support the Extended Care Facility, and discover more about the specialists who have clinics and surgery through Hospital Outpatient Services.
Vendors this year include the BCH emergency team featuring Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency systems of care for trauma, stroke and heart attack including a Life Flight medical transport helicopter and exhibits from Boundary Ambulance. The City of Bonners Ferry will showcase the recent High 5 Grant award funded through the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health whose objective is to reduce childhood obesity. Come participate in the community health survey for a chance to win prizes! Boundary County Library will share the opportunities that the library has to offer: a fine collection of books, DVDs and audios; educational facilities such as distance learning, online courses, business development resources and the Fab Lab with 3D printers, milling machine, C&C machine and laser cutter. Dream big and help the Library create a culture of opportunity! Local senior services including Medicaid/Medicare counseling, elder care facilities and home health, as well as community health services and organizations, counselors and behavioral health professionals, community groups and nonprofits including Cancer Support Groups, Overeaters Anonymous, Alzheimer’s Association, Grow! Gardens, U of I Extension Office, Victim Services and the Coalition of Families will be available. And local small businesses focused on keeping you healthy will be on site.
There’s also the Family Fun Run and Children’s Bike Rodeo, making this a multi-generational event with information for everyone. The Family Fun Run (3K, 5K, and 10K routes) starts at 8am sharp. Entry forms are available starting May 1 from Outpatient Services or online at BoundaryCommunityHospital.org. The first 70 people to register will receive a free collector T-shirt. The Children’s Bike Rodeo course will be set up by the Outpatient Services lobby parking area, where children will learn safe riding tips. Far North Outfitters in Bonners Ferry will be there to provide bicycle checkups and a clinic. And while supplies last, children will receive free helmets.
As a Critical Access Hospital, Boundary Community Hospital is often the first stop in an emergency situation, but our neighbors find that it offers much more to our community. Discover for yourself.
For more information, contact Lauren Kuczka by calling 208.267.6912 or emailing