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The men’s health fair held by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has been pushed back a bit this year, but officials say they don’t expect the timing to hurt the event, in fact, just the opposite.
“That is perfectly fine,” said Tony Carriss, chair of the committee that is organizing the event. “It’s August twenty-third, from eight to twelve, and really, September is prostate cancer awareness month, so we’re getting pretty close to that, so I think it’s going to work out really well.”
According to new JHS Administrator Rob Murphy, the health fair was moved to August to help hospital staff prepare for the installation of an electronic medical record system.
Holly Husband, JHS public relations director, elaborated.
“We learned just a few weeks ago that JHS will be installing the new Cerner OneCare electronic medical record the first Saturday in June – a date that conflicts with our typical timeframe to hold the Men's Health Fair,” she said. “Because of the pre and post learning curve associated with this significant software install, we've decided to move the date of the health fair.”
The software is an advanced electronic health record system that allows care-providers to share patient information and coordinate patient care across the entire health system at all times.
Said Murphy: “The installation of Cerner OneCare represents a significant technology investment. From the cost of the development of this specialized IT system to the education of physicians, nurses and other staff, KentuckyOne Health is investing millions of dollars to prepare the organization for the future.”
The health fair is part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to improve health in the community, Husband said.
A number of local physicians will participate in the health fair, offering a variety of free health screenings for men – including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, oral cancer screening and the PSA (prostate specific antigen), a screening to detect prostate cancer in men.
Husband said that more detailed information about the event and screenings available would be provided closer to the event.
Carriss said that it’s kind of early to predict, but he is reasonably sure the event will mirror those in past years.
“We have our first meeting for the committee scheduled for next Wednesday at the hospital, and we’ve got two of the urologists already confirmed they are going to be there, so we will be working on other doctors and other things as need to do so,” he said. “I think the process is moving along just fine, and I think we’ll have another great men’s health fair in August.”
He added that he also hopes to have another good turnout as well, maybe even surpassing the nearly 300 that attended last year.
“It’s going to be about twelve hundred dollars of free testing for men and everything is completely free,” he said.