It’s all about Health at the start of the year


For 30 years Montrose Memorial Hospital has offered Early Blood Draws along with a Health Fair. The number of participants has grown from a couple of hundred to more than 3,400. Some 60 volunteers help with the event.

For $20 to $45 people can have their blood tested without paying to go to a doctor’s office first. From Jan.30 to Feb. 2 in the Montrose Pavilion, 6:30-9:30 a.m. professional phlebotomists will draw your blood. Community Engagement Senior Director Leann Tobin has been there from the beginning and can’t say enough about the volunteers who offer their services year after year. They wish to make it as comfortable and non-threatening as possible. If you hate needles or the sight of blood let the volunteer know and they will take care of you.

Early blood draws are available in Ridgway on Jan. 26 at the 4H Event Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In Olathe the date is Jan. 28 at the American Legion Hall from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Appointments may be made online for all three venues at Call 1-800-410-3225 if you are unable to register online.

The Health Fair is at the Montrose Pavilion on Sat. Feb. 23, from 6:30 to noon. Blood draws end at 11 a.m. There are booths offering screenings for numerous health issues including hearing, vision, bone density, foot problems and prostate exams.

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Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.