Riverside Community Hospital hosted its first “Family Heart Healthy Health Fair and Motorcycle Rally” on July 23 drawing a crowd in the thousands. The health fair was a free family-oriented event open to the public and took place from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.
The purpose of this event was to raise heart disease awareness and to promote heart-healthy lifestyles. It was also an opportunity for Riverside Community Hospital to provide health education and materials to the community regarding the importance of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. During the event, families were able to meet the physicians in their area and get to know Riverside Community Hospital’s HeartCare Institute team.
As part of the health education focus, free cardiac risk health screenings were offered on a first come, first serve basis to families. These screenings included: glucose, blood pressure, BMI, and echo cardiac screenings. Ask the Doc booths, vendors, giveaways, drawings, a kid’s fun zone, and live music performances by TMK, Melissa K, and Rodeo 1 were also at the event to encourage everyone to get involved and have fun learning about living a healthy lifestyle.
Riverside Community Hospital’s Cardiology physician team, Riverside Medical Clinic, Mercy Air and Reach helicopters, City of Riverside Fire Department and Police Department, The American Heart Association, and other community agencies were present at the event as well as, Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, and Councilman Mike Gardner.
As an example of next-century health care, a mobile truck unit demonstrating Riverside Community Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation technology was also on display, providing interactive and fun demonstrations for patients of all ages. With a growing number of patients with cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and coronary artery disease, there is a need for new technology that enables physicians to confidently treat areas of the heart previously unreachable. Leading medical centers from across the country have adopted Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation to improve patient outcomes. The Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation System is a state-of-the-art computer-controlled magnetic navigation technology that allows physicians to safely maneuver the catheter within the patient’s heart to the precise location of the required therapy.
The health fair was great success and provided an invaluable experience for the community to engage in health education and the medical community.