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Early Detection Week at Pagosa Mountain Clinic a success

Pagosa Mountain Clinic, located adjacent to Pagosa Mountain Hospital, held another Early Detection Week Feb. 8-13.

Once again, the week proved to be a success, with 170 people coming in to take advantage of the free cholesterol screen and other low-cost lab work. Of those people, 21 were rescreens, following up after changing their lifestyle habits and/or having been prescribed a cholesterol medication.

The first Early Detection Week was held in September, kicking off the opening of the Pagosa Mountain Clinic. Since that time, the clinic has seen almost 800 clients, with over 200 of those people being referred to local physicians.

During its five months of operation, the clinic has begun following up with clients, and many are returning to check their cholesterol again after making changes.

The list is beginning to grow daily of the people who have brought their cholesterol numbers within normal ranges through lifestyle changes and/or medications. The clients’ successes have shown how important early detection is, and the clinic staff is dedicated to continue efforts to provide early detection services to create a healthier community.

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who devoted their time, as well as to EMS and the Pagosa Mountain Hospital lab. With their help and support, the Pagosa Mountain Early Detection Clinic is improving the health of our community and creating an atmosphere of wellness that will have far-reaching effects.