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June 4th, 2008
From Central Texas Medical Center: Keeping your health in check

From Central Texas Medical Center

Central Texas Medical Center recently held the 21st annual HealthCheck community health screening. The annual mission outreach effort grows each year and this year was no exception. Nearly 1,300 participants from surrounding San Marcos communities were provided with various important health screenings and evaluations.

“For many of the participants who don’t have health insurance or cannot afford to pay for a doctor’s visit, HealthCheck provides a vital, annual assessment,” says Clay DeStefano, the hospital’s administrative director of public relations and marketing.

HealthCheck is an all-day event that focuses on health screenings and information. The event includes checks on blood pressure, height and weight, and information concerning diabetes, nutrition, CTMC departments and many more health and wellness topics. Previous HealthCheck participants have greatly benefited from their experiences. Such was the case for San Marcos resident, Barrie Breed, when she discovered she has chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, through her HealthCheck screening in 2005.

“I was amazed. I was fine when I went to work and four hours later I was being told that I had cancer,” Breed said. “I don’t know what would have happened had I not participated in HealthCheck. I’ve been told that CML can hit fast and hard once symptoms start appearing. Because I had my blood work done, we caught the cancer in its early stages.”

The services offered at HealthCheck have an estimated value of $400 but are offered for only $30. Several local businesses pay for their employees to receive testing at HealthCheck and encourage them to do so. The affordability of such important screening has made the daylong health screening an important and vital part of the community.

Mark your calendar now for next year’s HealthCheck which will take place on April 23, 2009. For more information about HealthCheck or other Wellness and Sports services at CTMC, please call Mark Gilmere, CTMC Center for Wellness and Sports Supervisor, at (512) 753-3622 or visit online at

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