Vermillion Lions announce results of health screening

Vermillion Lions announce results of health screening More than 75 residents visited the Lions of South Dakota Mobile Screening Unit during a recent visit to Vermillion.

The visit was sponsored by the Vermillion Lions Club under the auspices of Lions Sight and Service Foundation of South Dakota, according to Lion Jacquie Dunn, coordinator of Mobile Screening Unit visit for the Vermillion Lions.

Gloria Stewart, PA-C, director of The University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program, directed 21 PA students who did the screenings also under the supervision of Wade Nilson, PA-C, another USD PA program faculty member.

The following students did the testing: Angela Anderson, Cheryle Brandt, Christy Cole, Michelle Gielski, Mary Gourd, Mai Linh Graham, Jeff Konstanz, Amber Oolman, Sara Packard, Keeley Pollman, Mitch Poppens, Shantel Schumack, Stephanie Serck, Patty Simonson, Deborah Smart, Chad Swearingen, Amand Taglioli, Justin Thurman, Jackie Van Engen, Troy Overbeke, and Kasey Willaby.

Seventy-five adults and four children were screened during the visit Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19. Preliminary results of the screening showed: 18 participants with high blood pressure; two people had elevated pressure in the eye indicating possible glaucoma and have been encouraged to see their optometrist or ophthalmologist for further examination; 11 persons were referred to their primary physician because of high blood glucose readings; 36 participants had below normal results in the vision tests; and 17 tested below normal in the hearing screening.

The glucose screenings were included as part of the Governor's diabetes screening project.

Vermillion Lions President Ram Ramakrishnan extended thanks to the Senior Citizens Center Director and Lion Maryln Harnois for providing help with setting up screening appointments and to all the Lions, including Norm Heeren, Del Colwell, Randy Sullivan, Bijay Naik and others who manned the screening table and handled the paperwork for the visit.

This is the second year that the Mobile Screening Unit has visited Vermillion and the Vermillion Lions are pleased to have been able to provide this service to the area.

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