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Early blood draws underway leading up to 2016 health fair

If there were any doubts as to whether Adair Countians might support the new owners of the hospital, crowds taking advantage of savings and early blood draws, like today, are answering in the affirmative. All is well with the annual health fair. Adair County residents are being served and the service is great.
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By Linda Waggener

The hospital setting in Columbia looked natural this October 12, 2016 morning. Vehicles filled the parking areas and lines of folks streamed in and out the front doors in 51-degree chilly fall weather with the sun coming up over the hills.

From 6:30-9:30amCT, TJ Health/Columbia employees welcomed residents to another early blood draw leading up to the annual health fair on October 22. Back in the winter, a health fair had been in question.

The new owners, TJ Regional Health, Inc., of Glasgow, finalized the purchase of Westlake Regional Hospital in February. Among the many questions about jobs and services, was the question of whether there could be a health fair again. TJ Health/Columbia responded to the concerns and announced in August that they were planning to hold the annual event.

One of the main requests of new administrator Bud Wethington was for citizens to continue and support the hospital to ensure its success. If there had been doubts as to whether Adair Countians might be able to have faith in and support the new ownership, the crowds taking advantage of the savings and early blood draw, like today, are answering in the affirmative.

The lines were long but moved efficiently, allowing for about a 20-minute visit with friends and neighbors.

I had the pleasure of renewing acquaintances with Ray Fluhr, Gradyville resident and brother of gallery owner/artist David Waltz. We caught up on news of Western Adair County and thought of our friend and former Gradyvillian Mary Keltner who is on her way here for a visit beginning this Friday.

Ray was behind me in line but got done before me because, as usual, the phlebotomist had to make two tries to find a vein. My veins are shy and do not like to be disturbed, especially after a night of fasting, being awakened early and getting stuck before coffee.

They came through, and all is well. Adair County residents looking for good health care are being served and the service was great.

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Health fair blood draw - long lines a familiar sight

2016-10-12 - TJ Health/Columbia, 901 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, (c).
The filled parking lots and long lines at this morning's early blood draw preceding the TJ Health/Columbia Health Fair make for a familiar sight from days past.
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