Elizabethtown Community Hospital recognized that because hunters exert themselves in areas that may be far from home, difficult to access by emergency personnel, and without cellular service, it's important they have a yearly physical to ensure there are no obvious health issues making them vulnerable. This free health screening provides hunters with a physical that assesses blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and oxygen levels; and electrocardiogram, vision, height, and weight. Basic health evaluations allow physicians an opportunity to uncover physical conditions that can put individuals at risk.
Over the last five years of the program, 52 significant health issues were identified (ten of which involved an emergent health issue that needed immediate attention); participating hunters increased 221% (from 19 to 61), a significant increase in a rural community; and the number of participating community agencies grew from two to ten. The hospital now hosts two other health screening nights to capture more adults in need of this service: Women's Health Screening and Healthy Heart Screening.