In the days of full-service gas stations, you would pull in, and a grease monkey would check the oil and tire pressure on your car. In modern times, it is our bodies that get the drive-through checkups.
At Saturday morning’s free health fair at the Perry Hy-Vee, sponsored by the Dallas County Hospital (DCH), they were drawing blood and checking blood pressure inside the Hy-Vee healthmobile, and hospital staff offered information and training in hands-free CPR, mammograms, dental education, care coordination, physical therapy and other health services.
DCH Care Coordinator Jocelyn Monzon of West Des Moines was on hand to explain the many sides of care coordination, ranging from assisting patients with insurance issues, such as a lack of prescription drug coverage, to help with transportation to doctor’s appointments or with mental health or substance abuse issues.
Other tablers at the fair and ready to explain their services were DCH Nursing Manager Tonya Summerson of Perry and DCH Nutrition Services Manager Sara Ostrander of Grand Junction. DCH Surgery Supervisor Margo Starr introduced the dozen visiting surgeons who come to the Perry hospital once or twice a month to deliver surgical services.
Free body-fat analysis and balance tests were offered by DCH Physical Therapy Department Patient Representative Holly Tice and DCH Physical Therapy Assistant Theresa White, while free lessons in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were given by DCH Education Manager Sally Swenson of Perry, DCH Education Coordinator Matt Crooks of Granger, DCH Health Information Manager Sherri Miller of Perry, DCH Ancillary Services Manager Audrey Erickson of West Des Moines and DCH Purchasing Manager Teresa Mulder of Perry.
DCH Chief Economic Officer Matt Wille of Clive and DCH Chief Clinical Officer Donna Vandehaar of Granger were on hand to greet visitors and explain services, and DCH Public Relations Manager Jenny Hornsby of Minburn and Hy-Vee Events Planner Larry Vodenik of Perry were happy to give interviews to local media.
If the Perry Hy-Vee represented the diet side of a healthy lifestyle, the exercise side was represented by the city of Perry, with McCreary Community Building Recreation Director John Anderson and MCB Recreation Coordinator Becky Towers offering information on healthy activity for Perry-area consumers.