Free medical screenings on tap at Barton |

Free medical screenings on tap at Barton

Denise Sloan Smart, Barton HealthCare System

There’s no such thing as a free lunch but there are FREE Quarterly Health Checks, courtesy of the Barton HealthCare System. The next Quarterly Health Checks is Sept. 19 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Now in its second year, the free Quarterly Health Checks have replaced the once-a-year Health Fair that used to take place at the Stateline casinos.

Now Barton’s free Quarterly Health Checks take place at Barton University, behind Nik ‘N’ Willies, where guests each have their own pre-set appointment so those long waits are also a thing of the past.

At the upcoming Quarterly Health Check, two physicians, several Mid-Level Practitioners and several Medical Imaging Technologists and nurses will be on hand to screen for arterial disease, skin cancer, knee problems and osteoporosis. A sign-up booth for Lab Draws and discounted EKGs will also be available. Test results will then be sent to your primary physician.

“We are so committed to having a healthy South Lake Tahoe that it’s our pleasure to offer these free screenings,” said Ken Harvey, Barton’s medical imaging nurse.

Dr. Kyle Swanson, an orthopedic surgeon with the Lake Tahoe Orthopaedic Institute, will offer guests free screenings for knee problems. Dr. William Cottrell, an orthopedist who specializes in bone diseases and osteoporosis, will offer free heel bone mineral density tests and consultations. If further testing is necessary, the first 25 guests who require a DXA scan can receive one at $50, rather than the usual rate of $248. The reduced price DXA scans are made available thanks to a grant provided by the Hallador Legacy Fund at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

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Medical Imaging Technologists and nurses will screen for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) which can cause pain, numbness and weakness in the legs. If PAD is left untreated, walking becomes difficult; ulcers may develop and, in severe cases, gangrene results making amputation necessary.

“Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease or diabetes contribute to PAD and is common in those age 50 and older,” said Harvey.

If a guest receives a positive result during the PAD screening, a follow-up Ultrasound in Barton’s Medical Imaging Department will be provided free of charge.

Barton’s Community Clinic will provide two Mid-Level Practitioners who offer the all-important skin cancer screenings. Since El Dorado and Placer Counties lead the state in skin cancer rates, South Lake Tahoe residents are urged to have their skin checked regularly and here is the opportunity to attend one of two screening booths.

Refreshments, courtesy of the Barton Mountain Cafe, will be served; informative health videos will be running throughout the Health Check; and all volunteers for the day are Barton HealthCare System employees.

The Quarterly Health Checks are free but pre-registration appointments are required. Call 530-543-5537 or go to