Heartbeats fair attracts hundreds


Hannah Willis (above) shares a light moment with a visitor as she draws blood at the Heartbeats Health Festival. Hundreds of people attended the event to take advantage of free or low-cost medical tests. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

Kameron Duncan, 7, is a little unnerved as he watches his grandmother, Valerie Yadon, undergoing blood work. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

The line started forming outside Hancock Regional Hospital at 4:50 a.m. Saturday for the 31st annual Heartbeats Health Festival.

When the doors finally opened two hours later, nearly 800 area residents filed through during the five-hour event, taking advantage of low-cost and free diagnostic tests and screenings.

Though final figures were not available Monday, Linda Garrity, hospital community education coordinator, said more than 700 blood tests were performed, and appointments for many of the more popular imaging screenings were closed before the festival even opened.

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