EFFINGHAM -- HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Effingham County Health Department, offers low-cost health screenings to the community. Called “Working Together for Health”, this service is available to anyone in the community, especially for those with high-deductible insurance plans.
The health screenings are conducted the first Tuesday of each month from 8 to 11 a.m. The next screening is scheduled for Tuesday at the Effingham County Health Department at 901 West Virginia Ave. The low-cost health screenings that will be offered are:
- Cholesterol and Triglycerides – Cost: $20
An important measure of heart health, a cholesterol and triglyceride blood test measures the total amount of fatty substances (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood. This test requires drawing a blood sample from the vein. Prior to the test, fasting for 10 hours is required.
- Blood Sugar – Cost: $20
A screening for prediabetes and diabetes, this blood test is used to determine the amount of glucose in the blood. This test requires drawing a blood sample from the vein. Prior to the test, fasting for 10 hours is required.
- Hemoglobin A1C – Cost: $20
An A1C test measures your average blood glucose for the past two to three months. This test is used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and to gauge how well a person’s diabetes is being managed. People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. This test requires drawing a blood sample from the vein. No fasting is required prior to the test.
No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Cash payment (cash, credit card, debit card or HSA card) for tests is required at the time of the screening. Insurance plans or medical cards will not be billed.
Screenings participants will be mailed the test results. The participant is responsible for follow-up with their physician to review the screening results and obtain medical advice and treatment.
In addition to the Working Together for Health service, the Effingham County Health Department continues to offer additional low-cost, physician-ordered, diagnostic testing during regular business hours throughout the month. Please call the Health Department at 217-342-9237 for details about this service.