Memorial Medical Center health fair

Memorial Medical Center volunteers Janice Blake and Joyce Spiegel handed out popcorn during last year’s annual MMC Health Fair. This year’s health fair is slated for Thursday, May 16. (Wave file photo)

In honor of National Hospital Week, Memorial Medical Center will host its annual health fair “Celebrating Hope and Healing” from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

“The purpose of our health fair is to help individuals learn how to live healthier lives and educate our community on the importance of staying healthy and safe. Our health fair will provide public engagement through conversation about health issues and concerns, said Roshanda Thomas, Memorial Medical Center assistant administrator. “Since there are many identified unmet needs in the community, this event will provide opportunities for the hospital and other participating organizations to highlight services and to let the community know what is available. Taking care of our community by way of a health fair helps fulfill our organizational mission.”

The health hair will feature a variety of free health screenings and testing with plenty of useful health care information and giveaways. Approximately 45 vendors will participate while focusing on the health of families with free health screenings and testing. Some vendors include door prizes and giveaways at many booths.

To entertain the younger generations, there will be a children’s fun court area located in the front lawn of the hospital. Activities include a bounce house, face painting booth and variety of games.  The Port Lavaca Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck and Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services will also have an ambulance parked in the front parking lot for educational tours and photos.  

Special guests will be The HEB Buddy, Sonic Mascot and Sparky the Fire Dog to interact with guests and plenty of photo opportunities.

Guests can stop by the MMC Café for free hot dogs, chips, cookies and lemonade. The MMC Volunteers booth, located across from the Café, will also be serving delicious theater style popcorn.

Greg Morales will provide live entertainment from 3:30-5 p.m.

“It is through their collaborative participation that Memorial Medical Center has this community outreach event,” said Thomas. “Some of the educational and interactive services include a variety of health services and screenings such as depression screening, hepatitis screening, blood sugar checks, cholesterol screening, tug posture assessment/stretching program, pulse oxygen check, specialty doctors literature, general wellness, nutritional and weight management, healthy living, screen for sleep apnea, emergency preparedness, home care services, CPR, mental health and intellectual, developmental disability services, awareness of child abuse and domestic violence, CHIP, Head Start Program, developmental information for infants/toddlers, court appointed special advocate, dental services, fire prevention, parenting classes, and banking/financial services just to name a few.”

Although participating vendors typically remain consistent from year-to-year, Thomas said. Since healthcare services and information are constantly evolving, each year the health fair affords the community the opportunity to be proactive about healthcare issues and concerns.  This public outreach event continues to afford our community with live saving educational value.

Participating vendors include: Advocate Independent Distributor; Anytime Fitness;

American Red Cross/Crossroads Chapter; BCFS Educational Services (Head Start); Calhoun County EMS; Calhoun County Public Library; Calhoun Home Health; Driscoll Health Plan; Golden Crescent C.A.S.A; Grace Funeral Home; Gulf Bend; The Harbor Children’s Alliance and Victims Center; Harbor Hospice; Hospice of South Texas; IBC Bank; Kindred at Home; Port Lavaca Fire Department; Port Lavaca Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Premier Sleep Disorders; Region 3 Child Services-ESC-ECI; Richardson Colonial Funeral Home; San Antonio Independent Living Services; Smile Experts; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Calhoun County; The Pregnancy Health Center of Crossroads Area; Trinity Shores of Port Lavaca; and WIC Program.

“We’ve had a crowd up to 500 before," said Sylvia Vargas, MMC plant services departmental assistant. “We’re hoping to have another great crowd this year.”