Hundreds from the Polk County community came to learn more about their well-being this holiday season at the CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Livingston’s second annual Santa’s Health and Safety Education Fair.
On December 17, numerous vendors provided health, safety and wellness education related to a variety of topics including car safety, ATV and bicycle safety, respiratory education, cardiovascular disease and stroke, diabetes management, cancer awareness, blood pressure risk factors, staying hydrated and the importance of handwashing.
CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Clinics’ newest general surgeon Camille Blackledge, M.D. also gave a presentation on minimally invasive surgery.
The big guy in red came all the way from the North Pole to deep East Texas to deliver gifts – including brand new bicycles –provided by hospital employees and local businesses so that no child went home empty handed.
“This Education Fair is a wonderful way to show the spirit of Christmas and was beneficial not only to the community but also to the hospital staff and community partners who volunteered,” said Tina Alexander-Sellers, Director of Community Outreach at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. “We are already making plans for a successful Santa’s Health and Safety Education Fair next year.”
Community partners at this year’s event included Americare EMS, Texan EMS, PHI, Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Livingston Police Department, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.