Rotary blood screening program is in 40th year

The Kane Rotary "multi-phasic" blood screening program, which is marking its 40th anniversary this year, diagnoses various medical conditions for Kane area residents.The health-awareness  program also provides the Rotary Club with funds for its high school scholarships and financial aid to the Friends' Memorial Public Library, the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, the Kane Police Department, the Kane Community Hospital and community projects."This is our major fundraiser," Ron Carty said in discussing the Rotary blood screening program. Since 1972, the program has enabled Rotary to donate about $400,000 to the Kane community, he said.The first of two Rotary blood screening programs this year will be held Saturday, March 10 at the St. Callistus Catholic Church Hall at Chase and Haines streets in Kane. Tests are given from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.Pre-registration is required by next Tuesday, March 6. To register, call 837-4790 or 1-800-565-9200, extension 4790. Persons will be given an appointment when they register. Fasting for 12 hours prior to the test is required to obtain the best results.The cost for the battery of 30 basic tests $35. Some of the tests include screenings for cholesterol, glucose and liver and kidney function as well as blood pressure. Additional tests for diabetes, thyroid, prostate and colon are available at added fees.Test results, usually available within a week, are given to the patient and the physician.About 500 Kane area residents are expected to register for the Rotary blood screening program. Teenagers as well as residents in their 90s will be signing up for the blood tests.The year's second program will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at the same time and location.The Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot, partners with the Rotary to conduct the blood screening program.At least 20 staff members from Kane Community Hospital will be taking part in the blood screening program.Gary Rhodes, a Rotarian and the chief executive officer (CEO) at Kane Community Hospital, said the local hospital views the twice-a-year blood screenings as "a health outreach program to the community.""If we can cover our supplies and labor costs, we're happy," Rhodes said.Carty was the president of the Kane Rotary in 1972 when the late Dr. William Coulter, a local dentist and Rotarian, proposed the blood screening to "help out the community."Carty, a broker with Katy Realty and head of Ron Carty Appraisal in Kane, is again serving as the Rotary president as the club's blood screening program marks its 40th anniversary.When the program began, Rotary dealt with outside labs to conduct and evaluate the blood tests. In the early 1990s, the Rotary began its partnership with Kane Community Hospital.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 28 edition of The Kane Republican.