Frankford’s Community Heart Fair aims to educate, screen on Saturday

Beebe Medical Center will host the Community Heart Fair at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be activities for adults and children, as well as screenings, including blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings and glucose screenings. Translators will be on hand for the non-English speaking community.

In addition to the screenings, there will be a free heart-healthy lunch served. Also, representatives from the American Heart Association will be on hand, as well as diabetes educators, dental and primary-care educators and cancer screening coordinators. Representatives from patient financial services from Beebe Medical Center will also be on hand to discuss insurance questions.

In addition, nurses from the Sussex County Health Unit will be administering flu shots at the event.

“The goal is to provide free screenings in conjunction with health educators,” explained Megan Williams, family nurse practitioner and Beebe Medical Center’s Interim Community Health Coordinator, who has been working with the Frankford Public Library to get the word out.

Because many times, primary-care physicians don’t have the extra time for the educational aspect of health care, or because many people don’t have a primary-care physician, the heart fair acts as a way to bridge the gap and help them get the help they need — with both screenings and education — as the only resource for some people, she said.

“We need to get to folks that are considered under-served or at greater health risks — whether for socioeconomic or cultural factors — to be screened,” said Williams. “The goal is to get folks in for screening and, if anyone is identified as at risk, to plug them into services that are available.”

For three decades, Beebe Medical Center has provided the Sussex County community with cardiac diagnostic services, as well as rehabilitation treatment for heart patients, including open-heart surgery, coronary angioplasty, stent implantation, pacemaker implants, cardiac stress testing, coronary catheterization, diagnostics, ambulatory heart monitoring, echocardiogram, diagnostic testing and cardiac rehabilitation.