'Project Health' to return Oct. 19-20

Johnston Sun Rise ·

Informative, informational, impressive!

Those words best describe Project Health, a comprehensive free screening program that CVS Health held at two different locations in Johnston last Friday.

During two, four-hour offerings at CVS Pharmacy at 1933 Plainfield Pike and 1400 Hartford Avenue, the healthcare company afforded Johnstonians an opportunity to go through free comprehensive health assessment screenings ranging from blood pressure to Body Mass Index (BMI) to glucose and total cholesterol checks that were designed to help detect the risk for a number of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Project Health was so successful it is returning to Johnston, largely due to the last Friday’s turnout and a special suggested request from Mayor Joseph Polisena, next month.

“This is really special and generous,” said Polisena as he talked with Michael J. Ayotte (title) who was in Johnston from his CVS post in Washington, DC. “I certainly hope this goes well and you’ll consider coming back again.”

Vicki Verdi, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at CVS, said this week that Project Health will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 at the CVS Pharmacy at 1933 Plainfield Pike and on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the 1400 Hartford Avenue location.

“So, Verdi continued with a smilee, “if you are still in need of a screening, please come visit us to have your blood pressure, mass index, total cholesterol and glucose checked.”

Meanwhile, Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medial Officer for CVS Health, issued the following statement in regards to Project Health:

“Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improving access to quality health care by identifying health concerns and risk factors for participants who may not have otherwise sought comprehensive care,” Brennan began. “Chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early at screenings such as Project Health, and can help to improve a patient’s health and well-being.”

When asked how successful Project Health was at both locations last Friday, Verdi said, “We’re please to have completed more than 125 screenings over last week’s two-day event in Johnston.”

Polisena, meanwhile, said he was “pleased that so many residents took advantage of such an important health program and praised CVS for how well both screenings clinics were presented inside each of the chain’s Johnston stores.

In all, there were a total of six different stations set up inside both stores, the first being a Welcome and Registration area which last Friday was manned by the Arelis Peguero.

Project Health participants were then directed to the Blood Pressure Station and Body Mass Index area prior to visiting the Cholesterol area before concluding their checks at the Glucose Station.

Finally, participants learned their results from Nurse Practitioner Missy Bohan-Hallenbeck and Medical Technician Susan Ducharme.

Bill Persico and Linda Therien concurred, as did others, “The entire process was informative, but fun as well.” 

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