Health Center Announces New Rates for Blood Draw Clinics

Date 2014/1/22 10:08:42 | Topic: News

Livingston County Health Center is offering its Adult Wellness Blood Draw Clinic Wednesday, January 29th from 7 to 10 a.m. at their office, located at 800 Adam Drive.

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The clinic is an effort to encourage adults to get recommended preventive screenings conveniently and at an affordable charge.

It is the aim of public health to promote health and prevent disease-this service encourages our residents to take charge of their own health before problems arise.

The health center is offering several basic blood tests for those 18 and older at the Adult Wellness Clinic, all of which require fasting the night before. (To achieve the most accurate results, it’s best to not eat or drink anything but water after midnight the day before a blood test.) A light snack will be available at the clinic, as well as water. If you know you are a challenging draw, it might help to drink water when you get up in the morning and until your blood is drawn.

Rates for testing have changed, due to price increase with the lab we use. The increase is not huge, but the health center wants local residents to know the changes before they come to the clinic.

The CBC/Chem Profile will now be offered for $30. The CBC/Chem Profile is the most comprehensive blood test , measuring 35 different blood parameters that can have a powerful impact on the state of your health, including complete blood panel, cholesterol profile including lipids, thyroid function and more; a PSA prostate cancer marker for $10; the Hemoglobin A1C, a test that gives diabetics a picture of average blood glucose control for the past 2 to 3 months, for $10; or Vitamin D (25[OH]D, which is short-hand for 25-hydroxyvitamin D) for a cost of $15. Current research is revealing connections between vitamin D deficiency and a myriad of health concerns, including cancer, depression, osteoporosis, immune dysfunction, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

As a new service to the public, the health center will be offering Specialized Screening blood tests at several clinics throughout the year. The first of these clinics will be held on Wednesday, February 26th from 8 to 10 a.m. An appointment IS required for these special clinics, so we can make sure to have the supplies on hand. None of the tests require fasting.
Testing available through these special clinics includes:

Hepatitis C Anitbody for a cost of $20. While anyone can get Hepatitis C, more than 75% of adults infected are baby boomers, people born from 1945 through 1965. Most people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected.

Respiratory Allergy Panel (IL, IA, MO) for $175*. This allergen-specific IgE antibody testing involves taking a blood sample and checking for each allergen suspected. This test is a regional weed and grass panel, which contains the most common airborne allergens in the location where the person lives.

Fecal Immunochem for $35. This test screens for digestive tract bleeding, which may be an indicator of colon cancer. The recommendation is to have this test beginning at age 50 as part of a routine examination to screen for colon cancer or as directed by your doctor based on family medical history. The procedure requires taking home a test kit and collecting fecal samples, which are then submitted to our lab. The test must be paid for in advance.

ColoVantage for $100. ColoVantage® is a convenient blood test that aids in the detection of colorectal cancer in patients avoiding having the recommended colonoscopy at age 50. Colorectal cancer treated in localized, early stages has a five-year survival rate of 90 percent. Yet, only 40 percent of cases are diagnosed in early stages, due to low screening rates. Patients who test positive for methylated Septin9 should be further evaluated for the presence of colorectal cancer.

To make an appointment for our Specialized Screenings, call our office at 646-5506. We are able to take cash or check for payment of services, and we cannot bill insurance at this time.
All services of the health center are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.



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