Appointment registration goes live April 19
ASPEN, Colo. (April 19, 2023) — Registration is now open for the popular Aspen Valley Hospital Community Health Fair, which will be held the first four days of June with three new tests and other important changes. The Health Fair offers deeply discounted blood draws and testing, giving residents an easy way to monitor their overall health and be proactive in taking preventive measures. It is the only in-person public health fair being offered this year in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Participation in the 2023 Health Fair is by appointment only, with registration beginning April 19. People can sign up either online at aspenhospital.org/health-fair, or by calling 800-217-5866 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mountain Time.
“We’re happy to offer three new tests this year, building on the array of helpful tests offered in recent years,” says event organizer Jennifer Slaughter. “Many members of our community have blood work done at the Health Fair that can be shared with their primary care physician, as part of a proactive, preventative approach to their own healthcare.”
New tests this year include the T3 free and T4 free tests that are important measures of thyroid health, and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) test that provides a general picture of overall blood health, and checks for infection, anemia and early signs of leukemia. A CBC is also offered with the very popular HealthScreen w/CBC test, which is available again this year. The new CBC test is a more affordable standalone test and does not include the tests of 32 metabolic functions that come with the full HealthScreen w/CBC.
“Another exciting change this year is that our Health Fair participants will be able to get their results delivered electronically to their MyChart account at Aspen Valley Hospital,” Slaughter says.
MyChart is the online patient portal of the Epic electronic health record system that the Hospital and its Network of Care launched last fall. In addition to accessing test results, it allows patients to send secure messages to providers, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, review medical records, pay bills and provide feedback. To learn more about MyChart, visit aspenhospital.org/mychart.
There has also been a scheduling change to accommodate increased demand in the midvalley, with two days scheduled in Aspen and two in El Jebel.
The 2023 Health Fair will be held from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. over four days at two locations:
- June 1 and 2 at Aspen Valley Hospital, 0401 Castle Creek Road
- June 3 and 4 at Eagle Count Community Center, 20 Eagle County Road, El Jebel
Health Fair Snapshot:
- Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be allowed.
- Only blood draws are available; no additional screenings will be offered.
- Visitors are not currently required to wear a mask, but it is recommended. Any changes will be posted on the Health Fair webpage.
Participants can sign up for a number of affordably priced blood tests. In addition to the extensive HealthScreen w/CBC, other tests offered this year include Hemoglobin A1C; hsCardio C-reactive protein (CRP); prostate-specific antigen (PSA); complete blood count (CBC); T3 free; T4 free; and Vitamin D. Full pricing, along with test descriptions can be found at aspenhospital.org/health-fair.
“It’s important to be properly prepared for your tests, so we’ve put together four important tips for participants to help them get ready,” Slaughter says.
- If you are having a lipid test, you will need to fast for 12 hours before your blood draw. The most popular test, the HealthScreen w/CBC, includes a lipid panel.
- Drink several glasses of water before your appointment. A hydrated body makes your blood draw easier.
- Wear a loose-fitting top or a short-sleeved shirt to your appointment.
- Read our blog “Do You Know Your Numbers?” on our website to learn about your ideal testing ranges and what they mean.
All appointments are scheduled in the mornings between 8 – 11:30 a.m. to accommodate those who need to fast before their blood draw.
On the day of the fair, participants in Aspen will check in and pay at the main Hospital entrance. For participants in El Jebel, all check-in registration and payment processes will happen inside of the Eagle County Community Center.
Aspen Valley Hospital is again working with It Starts With Me Health to manage all Health Fair appointments, testing administration and distribution of results packets. In addition to getting results in MyChart, participants will also have the opportunity to opt in to an online results delivery platform. Both make it easy to share test results with a physician.
For complete information about how to sign up and have other questions answered, visit aspenhospital.org/health-fair.
2023 Aspen Valley Hospital Spring Health Fair Schedule
All appointments will be scheduled 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Aspen Valley Hospital
401 Castle Creek Road, Aspen
- Thursday, June1
- Friday, June 2
Eagle County Community Center
20 Eagle County Road, El Jebel
- Saturday, June 3
- Sunday, June 4
ABOUT ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL
Founded in 1891, Aspen Valley Hospital is one of the most sophisticated rural hospitals in the U.S. With 25 beds, AVH is designated as a critical access hospital and level III trauma center, meeting the needs of the Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley communities, plus thousands of visitors from around the world every year. Combining the warmth and friendliness of a small town with the technical expertise of a major medical center, the Hospital has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Five-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Patient Experience, among others. The Hospital offers a full range of services with board-certified specialists in 25 fields of medicine, with expanded expertise in orthopaedics and sports medicine through partnership with The Steadman Clinic. For over 130 years, Aspen Valley Hospital has been working to deliver extraordinary healthcare in an environment of excellence, compassion and trust. Learn more at aspenhospital.org or 970.925.1120.