30 Booths, Low-Cost Bloodwork, And Children’s Activities Planned For April 27 Health Fair

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MARYSVILLE – Saturday’s Health Fair at Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) has something for everyone, said event co-organizer, Ashley Kracht, CMH public relations director. A full blood profile is available for only $30, and prostate cancer screenings are only an additional $15 for men. “This is a great opportunity for those who need regular bloodwork to receive that service at an incredibly reduced rate,” Kracht said.

“We’re also excited to partner this year with Parents as Teachers, to really expand their early childhood health & safety fair in an outdoor venue, which allows us to bring in so many fun things for young families,” she said.

Previously held at either Lincoln Center or the Marysville Armory, a children’s fair will be held this year in the CMH south parking lot. Weather permitting, the event will have a bouncy castle and inflatable obstacle course, a petting zoo, face painting, emergency vehicles, a medical transport helicopter, informational booths, and more.

Health information and activities will be provided at vendor booths. Booths will include Marysville Dental Care, Pawnee Mental Health, Community Memorial Healthcare, Pony Express Infant Toddler Services, NEK-KAP Headstart, Marysville Public Library, Pony Express Partnership for Children, Juice Plus by Brenda Diedrich, Young Living by Shelly Polson, Marysville Aquatic Center, Marysville Health Department, Relay for Life, Pure Moments photography by Sarah Marie, Marshall County Extension Office, BEMER circulation therapy, and Crist & Pieschl Rehabilitation.

Vehicles to be displayed for families to interact with include motorcycles from Bikers Against Child Abuse, a bucket truck from Western Resources, ambulances from 9 Line EMS, sheriff & police patrol vehicles, fire trucks, emergency preparedness command center, and a school supply mini-bus. A medical transport helicopter from EagleMed will be landing on the CMH helipad at about 10:30 a.m.

Comprehensive blood profile screenings will be offered in the CMH hospital lobby from 6 – 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27. The children’s fair will be in the main hospital south parking lot from 10 a.m. – noon. In case of poor weather, the children’s fair will be moved indoors to its former location at Lincoln Center, 405 N. 4th Street, Marysville.

For the lab draw fair, the public is asked to enter through the main (south) doors, where they will be greeted by hospital personnel for registration. Stations will be set up in the front lobby/outpatient area for blood draws. Parking for the lab draws will be available close to the hospital but spaces are limited to accommodate for the children’s fair setup, and safety of families with small children. Additional parking is available in the lot at the corner of 20th Street and May Street, and in the clinic parking areas.

Parking for the children’s fair will be primarily in the lot at the corner of 20th Street and May Street. Once those spaces have been filled, additional parking will be available in the clinic parking areas, along nearby streets, and a limited amount of spaces in the main hospital south parking lot.

Those having bloodwork drawn are asked to not eat 12-14 hours prior to the test. Moderate amounts of black coffee are fine, and water is encouraged. Continue taking any medications as prescribed by your physician.

Light refreshments will be available in the hospital cafeteria following your blood draw, and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville, will be hosting a fundraiser breakfast from 6 – 10 a.m. at their fellowship hall, directly adjacent to the south CMH parking lot. Those attending the health fair are encouraged to stop by the church for a hearty meal after having their lab drawn.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.