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Community Wellness Program in Carson Valley

Carson Valley Medical Center's vision is to strengthen our community by providing accessible, affordable, high-quality healthcare to all. Hand-in-hand with that vision, we have constructed an annual Community Wellness Program focused on helping members of our community improve their health through affordable wellness screenings, health education courses and resources, and youth- and senior-specific programs.

Our hope is that this program will help lead to an improvement in that ranking in the coming years. Carson Valley Medical Center is dedicated to the health of our community. We know the value of preventative services and strive to offer you affordable services that can improve your health and quality of life.

Resources from Our Community Wellness Program

Our Community Well Program includes the following resources:

  • Community lab draws: Affordable lab tests available without a doctor's order or appointment. This service is available for patients 18 and up. Tests offered through this program include a $40 Wellness Panel. Tests offered include a complete blood count, prostate evaluation, diabetes screenings, thyroid evaluations, free thyroxine, vitamin D evaluations, and electrocardiograms (EKG).
  • Diabetes support groups: Our diabetes support group, facilitated by Leslie McGraw, APRN, is held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Douglas County Community Center. Call 775.782.1637 for more information.
  • HeartSaver AED/CPR Class: Become trained in adult/child/infant CPR, using an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to address choking in people of all ages.
  • Grief and loss support group: CVMC's Vitality for Life program offers weekly support groups for those suffering from grief, loss, anxiety, or depression. Contact 775.782.1599 for more information on upcoming classes.
  • Men’s cancer support group: Facilitated by Reel Recovery's Bob Macias, the men's cancer support group is designed to provide resources, guidance, and medical support to men facing cancer. This support group meets the 1st Wednesday of every month in the CVMC Administrative building behind the hospital at 5:30 pm. Contact 775.782.8881 for more information.
  • Youth programs: We offer programs designed specifically for children and adolescents, including nutritional education programs for middle schoolers and youth sports physicals.
  • Senior programs: We offer free blood pressure checks and medication evaluations. Our “Silver Screenings”for seniors is a mini health fair with glucose screenings, vaccines, and fall risk assessments.

Health Screenings

Screenings refer to tests or exams that are necessary to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Screening tests may help find diseases or conditions early, when they are easier to treat. We recommend getting the necessary screening tests for conditions such as cancer and diabetes, if you are at risk or if you are of a certain age (for instance, women over 40 typically need mammograms to detect breast cancer even before a woman has any symptoms). Getting routine health screenings is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.

Our preventative screenings include:

  • Bone mass measurement: This test can help detect if you are at risk for broken bones and is recommended for people with certain medical conditions who meet specific criteria. Carson Valley Medical Center's Internal Medicine practice offers Bone DEXA scanning.
  • Cardiovascular screenings: Helps detect conditions that may lead to a heart attack or stroke. This service is covered every 5 years to test your cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels.
  • Colon cancer screenings: These tests help find pre-cancerous polyps (growths in the colon), so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.
  • Depression screening: Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have felt down, sad or hopeless or feel little interest in pleasure or doing things. Carson Valley Medical Center’s Vitality for Life program is designed for seniors dealing with depression or anxiety.
  • Hearing screenings: These tests can check your hearing to determine if you have hearing loss and would benefit from adaptive devices such as hearing aids
  • Heart health: Lipid panel, arterial & vascular screening, and EKG costs $99 combined. For more information, preview our Heart Health Flyer 2020 or call 775.782.1533 to reserve a screening.
  • Diabetes screenings: If you have risk factors for diabetes, including high blood pressure (hypertension), history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels (dyslipidemia), obesity, or a history of high blood sugar (glucose), you may need a diabetes screening. Based on the results of these screenings, you may need additional tests.
  • Flu shots: Every flu season (October to March), a new flu shot is released that can help protect you and those around you from contracting the most prevalent strains of the virus for that particular season.
  • Hepatitis B shots: Your risk for Hepatitis B increases if you have hemophilia, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or a condition that increases your risk for infection. Other factors may increase your risk for Hepatitis B, so check with your doctor.
  • High cholesterol: Starting at age 20, have your cholesterol checked regularly. Carson Valley Medical Center offers affordable lab testing on every 3rd Thursday of each month. Click here for more information.
  • HIV screenings: Medicare covers HIV screening for people with Medicare who are pregnant and people at increased risk for the infection, including anyone who asks for the test.
  • Mammograms: Women over the age of 40 should have yearly mammograms. Women between the ages 35 and 39 should consider one baseline mammogram test. These digital mammograms take images of the breast tissue to detect abnormal masses. Detecting cancerous masses early is important for effective medical treatment.
  • Osteoporosis: Have a screening at age 65 to make sure your bones are strong. Job’s Peak Internal Medicine & Family Practice offers bone density scans. For women over 50, click here for more information and a screening record.
  • Pap tests and pelvic exams: Women of childbearing age who have had pap test abnormalities in the past 3 years should have these screenings once every 24 months, or once every 12 months if they are higher risk.
  • Prostate cancer screenings: Men 50 and over are at risk of prostate cancer. This digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test helps detect cancer before there are symptoms.
  • Sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STIs or STDs): Ask your healthcare provider for an STI/STD screening to be checked for common sexually transmitted viruses and bacterial infections.
  • And more

CVMC offers a variety of support groups and training courses. Visit this link for more information.

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