Bath Community Hospital and Omni Homestead offer Annual Health Fair

A large annual event cosponsored by Bath Community Hospital and The Omni Homestead will be held from eight thirty until two o’clock on Tuesday October 25th in the Conference Center Ballroom of the hotel. The Community Health Fair is free and open to the public, and all area residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about wellness resources available throughout out the region. We spoke with Amy Simmons of Bath Community Hospital, and asked her about some of the organizations we might learn more from at the Community Health Fair.

Amy Simmons,

“Bath Community Hospital will be very well represented, as well as Augusta Health, Carillion, Lewis Gale-Allegheny, Dr. Mays, as well as the massage students from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.”

There is also a wide range of information about safety and adaptive services, as well as local recreation, volunteer and educational opportunities, all parts of a picture of whole health.

Amy continued about some specific preventative measures that will be easy to access on the day of the fair, and may save you a trip to a doctor’s office.

“Lab draws will be available for twenty-five dollars for a regular panel, and PSAs, prostrate tests for ten dollars from eight to ten. Flu vaccines will be available for twenty dollars to the public, and the Fair itself will run from 8:30 to 2:00. We’re going to have presentations that are available to the public as well. At 9:30 Millie Williams will be giving a presentation on falls and osteoporosis prevention.”

A little later in the morning, two more local wellness professionals have important information to share too.

“Terry Barr and Will Trimble will be doing a presentation on the Mind-Body Connection.”

Another organization represented at the Community Health Fair will be Enroll Virginia. This is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to connect individuals and families with health plans that meet their needs under the Affordable Care standards. Tuesday is a fine opportunity to talk with their representative, Elizabeth Barbour, and begin the process of looking for a new or more affordable health care plan.

Elizabeth Barbour, “There will be a number of providers of services to the community in the health arena to come and talk to us. I will be at the Omni Homestead for that Fair on Tuesday October 25th, and I would be very happy to speak with anybody who has questions about the Affordable Care Act, and the work the Enroll Virginia does, the application process. I’ll have the federal poverty guideline with me so that we can discuss where your household might fall, and what your opportunities might be at, and I also will be in Bath County periodically during open enrollment, November December and January. So, either by encountering me at the Omni-Bath County Hospital event at the Homestead on October 25th, or by looking at the enroll Virginia Calendar, or fliers in the library, enroll Virginia will not be too hard to find during this open enrollment.”

Future news segments will cover Enroll Virginia more completely. Until then, more information will be available on Tuesday at the Omni Homestead and Bath Community Hospital Health Fair, or at Enroll Virginia. Org.   And again, as both the local organizers have said, and Ms. Barbour confirms,

“In particular the event on October 25th is a very robust event.”


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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