33rd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Free Health Fair
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) hosted its free 33rd annual Health Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel in Buellton.
More than 1,000 people of all ages attended the event that distributed 365 free flu shots by the hospital’s registered nurses, featured 45 exhibitors and display booths, prize giveaways and delicious heart-healthy refreshments; as well as free information about SYVCH departments including Advanced Imaging, Nutrition, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and other services offered at the hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang.
New at the event this year, 70 individuals received a free osteoporosis screening using ultrasound technology. According to Wende Cappetta, SYVCH Vice President, “We are so pleased to be able to offer this free screening. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. All osteoporosis screening participants received a computerized print out of the results to give to a doctor for follow-up and treatment if needed.”
Fifty vouchers for free blood work--Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Lipid (Cholesterol) Panel and Hemoglobin A1C--at Pacific Diagnostic Labs were quickly distributed to first-come, first served eager attendees.
Staff from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Trauma Services, with the assistance of the SYVCH Emergency Room staff, fitted safety helmets for children and adults for only $10 (a $40-$70 value). Cardiac Rehabilitation department staff performed 70 free blood pressure checks.
The Health Fair is staffed by volunteers from SYVCH, the SYVCH Auxiliary and the SYVCH Foundation board; all coordinated and hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the hospital.
SYVCH Foundation Administrator June Martin said, “In celebration of the Health Fair’s 33rd anniversary, prize drawings for 33 free pink totes with gifts from local businesses were awarded every half hour. We sincerely thank all our vendors and sponsors including; American Senior Benefits, Andrew Murray Vineyards, Atterdag Village of Solvang, Brooks & Kate Firestone, Buellton Parks & Recreation Department, Lana Clark, Attorney at Law, Golden Inn & Village, New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, Rio Vista Chevrolet, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, SBCH Trauma Services, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, SYVCH Emergency Department, SYV Vision Source/Dr. Dennis Bales, Old Danish Fudge Kitchen, Red Fern Acupuncture, Valley Alternative Healing and Stuart C. Gildred YMCA. And also much appreciation to the Santa Ynez Valley Marriot who contributed the grand prize a one-night stay and breakfast at the hotel. Once again, this event was a super success!”
The 34th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Health Fair has been scheduled at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel for Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.