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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
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  • Morehouse Community Medical Center will provide important screening services at no cost next week in observation of National Health Center Week.


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  • Morehouse Community Medical Center will provide important screening services at no cost next week in observation of National Health Center Week.
     
    For more than 45 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, preventative and primary health care to patients with little or no income.
     
    In 2011, approximately 20.2 million people were treated by community health centers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
     
    Morehouse Community Medical Center in Bastrop will be celebrating next week by providing free health screenings from Aug. 6-10.
     
    “We've been celebrating National Health Center Week since we opened five years ago,” said MCMC CEO Katie Parnell. “We've had health fairs, but this is the first year we've had free health screenings.”
     
    The free health screenings offered at the MCMC Bastrop Office will be:
     
    Hemoglobin A1C and Lipid Panel for diabetic patients ages 18-75
     
    CBC, CMP, LPID and TSH for Hypertension patients ages 18 +
     
    Prostate cancer screening for men ages 50 +
     
    Colorectal cancer screening for all patients ages 51-74
     
    “Some of these tests are for preventative measures and some are for chronic diseases,” Parnell said. “We decided to focus on these areas because we see a lot of patients with these problems.”
     
    Parnell said one of the benefits of providing free screenings is that the center can help patients who may not otherwise be able to afford the tests.
     
    “Even though we have reduced fees, we understand some patients can't pay for the services they need,” Parnell said. “We are the only community health center in Morehouse Parish. We want to achieve quality measures with patients who have certain diagnoses.”
     
    All of the screenings will be available Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Morehouse Community Medical Center is located at 518 Durham St. For more information, call 283.8887 or speak to your provider.
     
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