Wyandot On Wheels Expands Hours
Wyandot On Wheels Expands Hours

Wyandot On Wheels Expands Hours

Hospital

Wyandot County area residents can now have their lab tests performed earlier in the morning on Wyandot On Wheels, Wyandot Memorial Hospital’s mobile health services bus.

The new schedule aligns most community visits on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month is WOW’s trip to the Wharton Church of God. On the second Wednesday, WOW is at the Forest VFW; and on the third Wednesday WOW travels to the Nevada United Methodist Church. The fourth Wednesday of each month finds WOW at the Harpster Township Hall.

The Carey Senior Depot hosts WOW twice each month on the second and fourth Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon.

“We’ve had requests for earlier morning hours to better accommodate those patients that are fasting,” WOW Coordinator Michelle Gullifer explained, “and I’m so glad we could change our schedule to meet those needs.”

Gullifer is a certified medical assistant and provides lab draws for physician-ordered tests and lab screenings on WOW. The physician-ordered lab draws are billed to patients’ insurances. The lab screenings are a special outreach offering of the hospital for low-cost services that are important indicators for disease and health status. For $35, patients may have an automated CBC, full lipid profile, basic metabolic panel and AST/ALT. The screening checks hemoglobin, white cell count, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and ratio, glucose (blood sugar), electrolytes, kidney function and liver enzymes. For the most accurate results, participants will want to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Water is permitted during the fast and encouraged to prevent dehydration.

Other blood tests are also available. The test for TSH and Free T4 at $25 checks thyroid function. The A1C test for $20 measures the average blood glucose for the past 2-3 months. The PSA for $15 measures prostate-specific antigen. These optional tests require no fasting.

The fees for the lab screenings are payable by cash, check or credit card, and the results for the tests are mailed to participants.

In addition to the lab services on WOW, Gullifer offers free blood pressure checks and schedules screening mammograms for early detection of cancer.

“We’ve had a very positive response since rolling out WOW last summer,” Gullifer added, and noted WOW visits area industries for on-site occupational health services when not traveling to Carey, Forest, Harpster, Nevada and Wharton.

For more information or questions about WOW, phone Gullifer at 419-294-4991, 1WOW (1969), or email mgullifer@wyandotmemorial.org.