Preventative Care

Blood Pressure Screening

Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff staff can monitor your blood pressure at any time during regular facility hours, or departments can call to sign up for an onsite blood pressure screening. Call 262-6314 for more information.

Blood Screenings (Scheduling NOW)

Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff offers the following blood tests at a very low rate. Results will be sent to the requesting physician and to you. All screenings take place in our Varsity Gym location.

  • Upcoming Dates:
    • Friday, November 5th (7:20 am - 11:20 am)
    • Dates for the Winter semester will be up by January 10th, 2022
  • Call 262-6314 to set up an appointment.
  • Screenings will be offered once a month.

Cholesterol/Multichemistry Screening ($24) No Physician's referral required

  • A 12-hour fast is required. (You may have water, black coffee, or plain tea).
  • The cholesterol/multi-chemistry blood test checks your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, kidney, and liver levels. Blood pressure and weight are also checked during this screening.

Complete Blood Count ($6) Referral Required

  • White Blood Count (WBC): The number of white blood cells. High WBC can be a sign of infection. WBC is also increased in certain types of leukemia. Low white counts can be a sign of bone marrow diseases or an enlarged spleen.
  • Red Blood Cells (RBC): This helps diagnose the cause of anemia. Low values suggest iron deficiency, high values suggest either deficiencies of B12 or Folate, ineffective production in the bone marrow, or recent blood loss with replacement by newer (and larger) cells from the bone marrow.
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb): The amount of oxygen-carrying protein contained within the red blood cells. Low Hgb or Hct suggests anemia. Anemia can be due to nutritional deficiencies, blood loss, destruction of blood cells internally, or failure to produce blood in the bone marrow. High Hgb can occur due to lung disease, living at high altitudes, or excessive bone marrow production of blood cells.
  • Hematocrit (Hct): The percentage of the blood volume occupied by red blood cells.
  • Platelet Count (PLT): This is the number of cells that plug up holes in your blood vessels and prevent bleeding. High values can occur with bleeding, cigarette smoking, or excess production by the bone marrow. Low values can occur from premature destruction states such as Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP), acute blood loss, drug effect (such as heparin), infections with sepsis, entrapment of platelets in an enlarged spleen, or bone marrow failure from diseases such as myelofibrosis or leukemia. Low platelets also can occur from clumping of the platelets in a lavender-colored tube.

Ferritin ($16) Referral Required

  • A blood cell protein that contains iron. A ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body is storing.
  • No specific pre-testing is required.

Thyroid Panel ($19) Referral Required

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): This protein hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and regulated by the thyroid gland. A high level suggests your thyroid is underactive, and a low level suggests your thyroid is overactive.
  • Thyroxine (T4): This shows the total amount of T4. High levels may be due to hyperthyroidism, however, technical artifact occurs when estrogen levels are higher from pregnancy, birth control pills, or estrogen replacement therapy.
  • Triiodothyronine (T3): This is usually not ordered as a screening test, but rather when thyroid disease is being evaluated.

FREE T4 ($15) Referral Required

  • The Free T4 test is used to assess the thyroid's function and to help diagnose diseases or disorders of the thyroid, like hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
  • No specific pre-testing restrictions are required.

Hemoglobin A1c (Glycohemoglobin) ($12) Referral Required

  • A 12-hour fast is required. (You may have water, black coffee, or plain tea).
  • Measures the amount of glucose chemically attached to your red blood cells. Since blood cells live for about 3 months, it gives your average glucose for the last 6 to 8 weeks. A high level suggests poor diabetes control.

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) ($15) Referral Required

The PSA test measures the level of the PSA (a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland) in the blood. It is normal for men to have low levels of PSA in their blood; however, prostate cancer or benign conditions can increase PSA levels. PSA levels alone do not give doctors enough information to distinguish between benign prostate conditions and cancer. The doctor will take the result of the PSA test into account when deciding whether to check further for signs of prostate cancer.

Mammograms

MammogramFall 2021 Mobile Mammography Dates: October 25, 26, & 27. 

The 3-D mammography screening is conducted by the Novant Health Breast Center of Winston. The Breast Center will not screen women who do not have a Primary Care Physician/OB/GYN, women younger than the age of 40, women with breast implants, women who are breastfeeding, women who have a personal history of breast cancer, or women who are pregnant. You cannot have a screening if you have had a mammogram within the last 12 months. The fee is filed with the State Health Plan, Medicare, and others. You must bring your insurance card and a photo ID. An appointment is required. Results are provided to you and to the provider you listed. Screenings are offered twice a year. Call 262-6314 for more information.