February 27, 2012
KCH & Kane Rotary Multiphasic Screening

Blood screening program is in 40th year for Kane Rotary

KCH & Kane Rotary Multiphasic Screening

Photo by Ted Lutz - Ron Carty (left) and Gary Rhodes (right) discuss plans for the Kane Rotary "multiphasic" community blood screening program on March 10 at the St. Callistus Catholic Church Hall at Chase and Haines streets in the borough.

The Kane Rotary "multiphasic" 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.

Virtually all 35 members of the Kane Rotary also will be involved in the program March 10.  Rotarians help with paperwork at the site and control the traffic flow in the church hall.  "We’ll have a very good member turnout,” Carty said.

Rhodes said the Kane Rotary was “on the forefront of health awareness when it initiated the blood screening program 40 years ago.  He called the program “a life-saver” that enables “people to find out things about themselves.”

The successful Kane Rotary blood screening program has led to similar events sponsored by Rotary Clubs in Mt. Jewett, Sheffield and Johnsonburg.  Kane Community Hospital also is a partner in these blood screenings.

The Hospital also partners with Helpmates, Inc. for a blood screening program in Ridgway.

The programs give Kane Community Hospital an “outreach opportunity to serve health needs” in area communities, the hospital said in a statement.

During the March 10 program in Kane, hospital employees will be conducting a bake sale and craft sale to raise money for a café makeover.

Rotary also will be serving post-test snacks at the March 10 program.

By sponsoring the twice a year blood screenings, Rotary has “made Hyperlipidemia a household word in Kane,” Carty said.

He also pointed out that the program is “a social event” where Kane residents have a chance to visit with their friends and neighbors.