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Preventive service: OLOL, Axiall partner for Third Annual Get on Board for Better Health Day

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Axiall presented a free health fair with health screenings to the community on Saturday morning at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center. From left, Mary Tingle, Johnnie Trask, Charlie Tingle, Melissa Lafosse and Laura Waldrop. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Axiall presented a free health fair with health screenings and education to the community on Saturday morning at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

“We just do it as an outreach for the community in partnership with Axiall,” said OLOL Director of Business Development Jill Wyble said. “All these screenings provide numbers that they need to know. It indicates if there is an issue that they need to follow up with their primary care physician.

“This is a preventive service. It is to help those who may not have access to physicans.”

City of Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta proclaimed the day Get on Board for Better Health Day and the free screenings included blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, stroke risk assessment, colorectal cancer, cholesterol, vision, heart rhythm screening, HIV and skin cancer.

The Health Fair also included prize giveaways, free t-shirts for the first 500 participants and activities for children.

It marked the third year OLOL and Axiall partnered to bring a health fair to Plaquemine.

“We try to come every year,” Mary Tingle of Plaquemine said. “To get a little extra checkup and to get some good news hopefully. We are both heart patients and I have diabetes. He has health issues with high blood pressure.

“We come to see if they have anything new. We like coming here because we think they are very knowledgable.”

Tingle’s husband Charlie Tingle has had two heart attacks since River West Medical Hospital shut its doors a half decade ago. A new medical facility is under construction in Plaquemine but it may be too late for some.

Tingle was rushed across the Mississippi River to medical facilities in Baton Rouge but the large volume of traffic along La. 1 and over the Horace Wilkinson Bridge for I-10 can cause delays for hours.

“We hate it,” Mary Tingle said. “It almost cost him his life three times.”

“He can’t afford to wait that long. The man had emergency triple bypass surgery because there was no place to go here. I knew he was having a heart attack. This was twice. The other time he almost had a stroke.”

The key is being prepared and that is why Charlie Tingle visited the health fair on Saturday.

“We were very lucky because sometimes you have to wait two hours in traffic before you get there,” Tingle said.

For more information on Our Lady of the Lake visit www.ololrmc.com.