A local hospital spent its one year anniversary offering free health screenings.
"There were some growing pains. I like it to moving into a new house, just a little more complicated and a few more issues,” said Sean McMurray, the CEO at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. The new facility opened on July 16, 2011 and replaced the 92-year-old hospital.
McMurray said the new patient-friendly facility has a bigger emergency department, which was needed in its first year. "We got more room in our emergency department. With as busy as we've been, that's been a real benefit to us," he said.
Since JMH opened a year ago, the hospital has seen more than 40,000 emergency department visits. Which McMurray said they didn’t expect. “We thought we may get a little busier and we budgeted to grow but we exceeded our budget expectations," he explained.
The hospital has seen about 10,000 patients, 500 heart catheterizations and nearly 800 births. "It was busier than we've been in the past few years,” McMurray said.
The free screenings for the anniversary included blood glucose screenings, blood pressure checks, fall risk assessments, sleep screenings, body mass index and bone density scans. "I want to stay healthy and some of these things I have done regularly, like blood pressure, but bone density, it's been about two years,” said Mary Tully, who went through the free screenings.
The bone density screening was the most popular screening at the event. The test usually has to be ordered by a doctor. The technician said at free screening events, usually seven out of ten people will test positive for osteoporosis.
Nearly 100 people went through the free screening on Thursday.