Better health encouraged at Menifee Community Health Fair at Medical Valley Medical Center

It is a bit of a family affair for mother Chris Gentry from Canyon Lake gets her flu shot from MSJC Nursing School student Gilbert Jenkins as his girlfriend Kelly Gentry, a Cal State San Marcos nursing student and Chris’s daughter looks on during the Oct. 28 Menifee Community Health Fair. Tony Ault photo

Menifee and Sun City residents flocked to the free Community Health Fair Saturday, Oct. 28, to get their flu shots have a short consultation with Menifee Valley Medical Center physicians and learn how to live happier and healthier lives.

The event presented by Menifee Valley Medical Center’s doctors, nurses and nurses and medical students working for Physicians for Healthy Hospitals brought free health screenings including blood pressure testing, blood sugar testing, cholesterol checks, balance and gait testing, hearing tests, back screening, carotid artery test and a nutritional assessment among others.

Doctors in the specialties of cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedic and spine, maternal and child health, women’s health and chiropractic offered 5-minute “Ask the Doctor” sessions.

Giving free flu shots, recommended especially for older adults, were Mount San Jacinto Nursing School students under the guidance of the nursing staff. A nervous system examination was given by the Lifestyle Chiropractic and Wellness team. AMR Ambulance crews showed visitors how to do CPR and use an Auto External Defibrillator (AED) to save someone suffering from a heart attack. Veterans Medical benefits, hospice care and home health care was explained by various community health service workers.

Children played outside in the free bounce houses and Atomic Game Truck. Face painting and balloon hats were popular with the children and an exhibit by the Western Science Center charter school Robotics Team.

The Free Community Health Fair presented by Menifee Valley Medical Center is offer each year to encourage residents to take better care of their health and make them aware of the medical services offered by the hospital and its physician staff and community health services.

Dan McLaughlin, Menifee Valley Medical Center CEO welcomed those attending the Menifee Community Health Fair and introduced Dr. Sreenivasa Nakka, president of the Physicians for Healthy Hospitals.

“We welcome you’re here,” Nakka said urging those attending to take advantage of the preventative care health checks offered free at the fair. He noted the hospital has improved since the PHP took ownership and asked residents to provide the hospital staff with any suggestions they might have to even better improved the health care offered the community.

Dr. Bhooder Tiwari, vice president of PHH and director of the Menifee Valley Medical Center, took the microphone to remind residents that “Without health there is nothing… You need to take care of your health. We are here to provide health care everyway from cardiology, orthopedic care, diabetic care and neurology… if you don’t take of your health it won’t matter what you dreamed of, how much money you have in the bank or how much fun you may have. We want you to stay happy and healthy to enjoy those things.” He reviewed some of the new services offered at the Menifee hospital that have improved patient in the past four to five years and said they were looking at an open-heart surgery center at the hospital coming soon.

Inside the large tent in the hospital parking lot brought in for the health fair were 47 tables, decked with colorful balloons. Doctors and nurses and specialists from many medical areas handed out little gifts and answered questions from those attending. Assisting visitors were members of the Menifee police and fire departments, AMR emergency medical technicians, MSJC Nursing School students, veterans benefit specialists, cancer support representatives from Michelle’s Place and business and professional organizations connected to the health care industry. Drawing much attention were representatives from Global Medical Detox a new service offered through the hospital.

Key sponsors for the Menifee Community Health Fair include Hemet Medical Group, Home Instead Senior Care, Inland Empire Home Health, Menifee Valley Community Medical Group, the City of Menifee and Miller-Jones Mortuary and Crematory.

PHP provided free cake, hot dogs, potato chips and soft drinks to attending residents at the community health fair’s 1 p.m. conclusion.



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