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April 26, 2014

Fairmont General Appreciation Day set

FAIRMONT — Fairmont General Hospital (FGH) and the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches will be hosting Fairmont General Appreciation Day today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont.

It will include an information session and complementary health screenings.

Dawn Metzgar, marketing coordinator with FGH, said that this is the first year this event has been held.

“We were approached by the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches,” Metzgar said. “They thought it would be nice to recognize the hospital for all it has done for the community over the years and what we continue to do.”

Metzgar said that participants will have the opportunity to learn more about what new services FGH has to offer, through displays and discussions with clinicians.

“There will be representatives from each department,” Metzgar said.

Among the new services are bariatric surgery, heart disease screenings, bronchoscopy testing, lung cancer CT screening, digital mammography and multiphasic on demand.

“We’ll really be highlighting the newer services,” Metzgar said.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to learn more about FGH’s strategic partnership with Alecto Healthcare Services of California.

“People have questions. There have been rumors going around since September, when the hospital filed for bankruptcy,” Metzgar said. “There will be a Q&A portion of the event to answer questions people might have.”

Speakers at the event will include FGH President and CEO Peggy Coster, State Sen. Roman Prezioso, radiologist Dr. John Leon, and union representatives Terry Walker and Mike Greenely.

“The speakers represent different groups that want to show their support of FGH and talk about the good things we offer and plan to offer,” Metzgar said. “Some patient experiences will be shared.”

The program will begin at 10:15 a.m. Following the program, visitors will have the opportunity to receive complementary health screenings, such as blood sugar checks, blood pressure checks, carpal tunnel, balance and posture, speech and swallowing screenings and a breathing test (spirometry).

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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