Texas Health Stephenville to Host Cholesterol Screening Event
09/21/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will offer low-cost cholesterol screenings from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The event will be held in the Belknap Lobby at Texas Health Stephenville. Proceeds will benefit the 2010 Stephenville 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 $10. Tests for thyroids and prostates are $10 each.

A complete profile, which includes the lipid profile, but not the thyroid or prostate tests, will cost $45. 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. Alisa Peterson, 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.

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 TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.