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MDI Hospital to Hold Spring Health Fair

May 1, 2007

A wide array of health, safety and wellness services will be on display at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Spring Health Fair, on May 12th from 10am to 2pm at the MDI High School gymnasium.

This free event is open to the public and will showcase many Hospital services as well as those of local, regional, state and national organizations. Nutritious refreshments will be available, courtesy of the Hospital’s nutrition services department.

Several health screenings will be offered, including bone density, blood pressure, and cholesterol. “These tests are all important tools that can help people and their doctors assess and maintain their health,” explained Kathy Mulligan, MDI Hospital’s Wellness Assistant and coordinator of this event.

Also offered will be pulmonary function tests by Dr. Kathy Pelkey, eye exams by Dr. Timber Gorman, and skin checks by physician assistant Jane Tawney. “We encourage people to take advantage of this unique opportunity to have these tests done for free,” Ms. Mulligan added.

MDI Hospital providers and others will conduct presentations on a variety of health-related topics, from immunizations to hearing loss. “We’re covering a broad spectrum of information to make this event as dynamic and useful as possible,” state Ms. Mulligan.

Demonstrations and information will be provided by several local and regional agencies as well. The Mount Desert Island Police Department will perform child safety seat checks, while the American Red Cross will exhibit an interactive mannequin for CPR training. The Maine Brain Injury Association will offer free bike helmets and fittings for children, and the MDI YMCA will demonstrate exercise equipment.

Unique technology will be a particularly interesting feature of the event. The Penobscot Count Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Bar Harbor PD will provide iris scans, an identification method for children and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease that is considered better than fingerprinting. Pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Kline will demonstrate age enhancement software that shows the effects of smoking.

Organizations on-hand will also include Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Hancock County, Island Connections, Acadia Senior College, Birch Bay Retirement Village, Hancock County Homecare, the Maine Poison Center, Life Line, the Surry Music Therapy Center, and Somesville Rehabilitation Services.

“We’re making every effort to present a wide variety of interesting, useful information at this event,” said Ms. Mulligan. “This Spring Health Fair is one more way MDI Hospital is providing its community with the information and tools it needs to get healthy, and stay healthy.”

For more information on MDI Hospital’s Spring Health Fair, call 288-5082, extension 624.

Posted in 2007, News