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Braxton Rotary announces dates for Elimination Dinner, Blood Screening

The Braxton County Rotary Club has announced the dates for their annual Elimination Dinner and their Spring Blood Screening. According to organization president Dylan Johnson, the Elimination Dinner will be held on March 25 followed by the Blood Screening on April 15.

The Elimination Dinner will be held in person again this year at Braxton County High School. The Club has committed to funding at least $10,000 in scholarships to BCHS grads and this year. Tickets are again $40 which entitles the holder to dinner for two and one chance on the $1,000 grand prize.
An online and silent auction will also be featured. The online portion will get underway on Monday, March 20 and conclude the night of the dinner, March 25. Tickets can be obtained from any Rotary member or at the Citizens’ News office in Sutton.

There will be several changes in the Braxton County Rotary Club / WVU Medicine’s Braxton County Memorial Hospital’s Spring Blood Screening this year. The low-cost testing will again be expanded to more than the typical one-day event. The event will follow much the same format as the past few screenings to reduce wait times. The primary day will be Saturday, April 15 from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. at BCMH’s old Community Health Center location on the south end of the hospital building. Those who find the weekdays more convenient will have their blood drawn at the hospital between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. Participants may choose from Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, April 12th, 13th and 14th as well as April 19th, 20th and 21st. Weekday participants this year will enter through the front door and go to the special registration desk. The change is being made for convenience since masks are no longer required to enter the facility.

Participants can have a basic panel of 35 popular blood tests for the low price of $35. In addition, several tests can be added for a very nominal price: TSH (Thyroid) $10, PSA (Men only) $20 and Hemoglobin A1c $15.

All participants will have to pre-register and be assigned a time to have their blood drawn. When patients register, they will be assigned a time and are asked not to arrive more than five minutes before their scheduled appointment. Times will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so participants are encouraged to register early. A special portal is available to reserve a time slot at: Husbands and wives are asked to select separate times this year which can be back-to-back for convenience. Those who register will still need to complete the blood screening form, prepay or make arrangements to pay at the door.

Scheduling by mail is still available. Once the application is processed the patient will be advised by telephone exactly what time has been assigned to them. Patients may also call the Citizens’ News office at 304-765-5193 to register and receive a time, or the BCMH Lab at 304-364-1035. Payment can be mailed or paid at the door.

Patients are reminded to fast for at least 12 hours prior to testing for accurate results.