Health screening services will include free blood pressure and blood glucose tests, the latter designed to determine a person's susceptibility to diabetes. Diabetes is particularly prevalent in border areas such as the Imperial Valley and is a malady with potentially dire results such as blindness, loss of limbs, heart problems as well as other complications.
Hamilton said children in third and fourth grades of all El Centro elementary schools are being especially invited and the school district is prepared to offer bus transportation where necessary to the fair. In addition to the free snacks and drinks, the children will receive such gifts as doctors' headbands and nurses' caps.
There will be children-related games and hands-on experience involving scopes and other equipment used in diagnostic and treatment within the hospital.
"We would like to encourage children even at that young age to begin thinking of careers in the health-care field," Hamilton said.
Departments to be represented with booths include cardiopulmonary, laboratory, surgery, obstetrics, education, infection control and others. The 2001 edition of the hospital's employee-compiled cookbook will be available for sale.
Other Hospital Week events planned include a barbecue for the entire staff Thursday and special balloon bouquets delivered to the various departments in the hospital.
The in-house observance of nurses' week, based on the national theme of "Nurses are the True Spirit of Caring," will include daily activities throughout the week, all geared, said Virgie Galindo, El Centro Regional assistant administrator and chief nursing officer, to "pampering" the staff.
On Monday, free pizzas will be delivered to those working on all shifts, compliments of Papa John's Pizza; Tuesday, local vendors will set up booths to offer such services as hairstyling tips, fingernail treatments, book store and uniform store offerings; Wednesday, the official National Nurses' Day, and Thursday will be devoted to programs recognizing nurses for individual achievements such as customer service and each nurse will presented with a Florence Nightingale lamp; and Friday, there will be an ice cream social.
Galindo said the Nurses' Week observance is designed to localize recognition of the hospital's portion of the work of America's 2.6 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals."