Cholesterol Screening at Texas Health Stephenville to Benefit Dublin High School Project
03/21/2011

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will offer low-cost cholesterol screenings from 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 31. The event will be held in the Belknap Lobby at Texas Health Stephenville. Proceeds will benefit the 2011 Dublin High School Project Graduation.

High school students and their parents will help individuals fill out the appropriate paperwork for the screenings and hospital employees will complete the screenings. A lipid profile, which is a breakdown of good and bad cholesterol levels, is $25. Tests for thyroids are $25 and prostate tests cost $30 each. A complete profile, which includes the lipid profile, but not the thyroid or prostate tests, will cost $70. Fasting after midnight is required to achieve accurate results.

No appointment is required.

Participants will have their lab results mailed to them. They can then be taken to a primary care doctor for follow-up treatment, if needed.

“Individuals should consider having screenings even if they feel healthy,” said Dr. Aaron Shaw, a hospitalist at Texas Health Stephenville. “Screenings help physicians to identify thyroid or prostate disease early and follow risk factors for cardiovascular disease so that they can offer better preventive care and treat disease early before complications develop.”

The National Cholesterol Education Program Panel recommends that everyone age 20 or older have a fasting blood test every five years. For more information, call 254-965-1518 or visit www.texashealth.org/Stephenville. Information about the hospital can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TexasHealthStephenville.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

About Texas Health Resources Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.