An upcoming expo will give visitors a prime glimpse into services available from local agencies both medical and otherwise.
The third annual “Healthy, Happy and Whole Expo” is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Gainesville Civic Center, featuring many vendors represented by medical agencies and other companies based throughout Cooke and neighboring counties.
Admission to the event itself is free and open to the public.
“The reason we’re doing this expo is for the community to be aware of all the health and non-health-related services available to them,” said Stacey Watson of Hometown Pharmacy, one of six “platinum” sponsor companies. “We’ll have 80 vendors coming in.”
Services scheduled for availability are screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, chiropractic status and diabetes, plus flu shots and a blood drive. Members of Cooke County 4-H will be on site to sell food concessions and visitors can enter to win special door prizes.
Also, Emergency Medical Services is scheduled to be showcased by the appearance of a vehicle — and Joe Mozingo of Air Evac Lifeteam, another “platinum” sponsor company, said if the weather agrees, his own company will be represented by a fly-in appearance by an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter.
He recently credited the expo, which began in 2011, as a strong source of free information for visitors.
“They can actually see someone and talk to them one-on-one,” Mozingo said. “There’s something for everybody.”
About the “platinum” sponsors
Hometown Pharmacy specializes in many areas to serve multiple medical needs from one place. Hometown employees strive to make life more comfortable. As a pharmacy, it provides medications — and Hometown has a certified diabetes educator available for consultation. Employees are available to answer questions and offer moral support. Also, vaccines are available for customers ages 8 and older, including world-travel vaccines. Flu shots are available as well. And Hometown Pharmacy, which has three locations, also specializes in compounding, nutrition expertise and veterinarian medicine. It has one of the largest vitamin selections available in the area. Free medication delivery is available on request. (Check your pharmacy for availability.)
Air Evac Lifeteam
Air Evac Lifeteam is a product of Air Evac EMC, Inc., the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States — conducting its operations through more than 100 mutually-supporting air medical bases across 15 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to communities in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport.
Air Evac representative Joe Mozingo said his company, with its many bases, ensures a strong network of service and support.
“We’re able to fly you to the most appropriate hospital for your injury or illness,” he said. “And we have a membership program that can save you many thousands of dollars on your flight.”
Agents of the Gainesville Clinic are excited to be participating in the expo. Dr. Shawn White and Cindy Joffrion, FNP, along with their clinical staff members, Mandy Peters, LVN, and Kate Stark, LVN, will provide complimentary blood sugar levels and non-invasive monitoring of oxygen levels. This will help screen for health problems such as diabetes and various lung diseases.
The Gainesville Clinic administrative staff member, Mollie Eaton, will help to coordinate these tests and provide follow-up. Shawn L. White, M.D., is Gainesville’s newest physician. He practices family medicine, including obstetrics, at the Gainesville Clinic located at 1820 O’Neal, Suite 5. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic also provides office hours from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
StoneBrook Assisted Living and Memory Care
Based in Denison, this agency offers residential living and an extensive line of service for those in need of treatment following memory loss or a similar onset dementia.
“StoneBrook is really a fun place to live,” said agency associate Debi Davidson. “We do everything form all levels of assisted living to all levels of memory care.”
Davidson said the agency has provided this service for more than 15 years and is designed to operate in a way that provides a “home-like feeling of safety and security.”
The difference, she added, is that her staff is available 24 hours a day for those in need of assistance. Amenities include weekly bus outings, doctor appointment transporation, exercise sessions, live entertainment, arts and crafts activities, dancing, weekly housekeeping, medication management, personal laundry services and chef-prepared meals.
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North Texas Family Medicine
North Texas Family Medicine has been family-owned since 2004, by Jay and Lisa Houk. The agency has locations in Pilot Point and Lake Kiowa. Its members offer many services including annual exams, diagnostic testing on site and minor surgery as well as accept walk-ins. The agency also provides family care for all ages! Please visit one of their convenient locations, call (940) 686-0860 or (940) 668-6836 or visit www.northtexasfamilymedicinelt.com.
Gainesville Daily Register
The Gainesville Daily Register, Cooke County's only daily newspaper, has now served its readership area for 124 years.
“We just want to provide the area with the best local newspaper possible,” said Register publisher Jim Perry. “This is the third consecutive year for the Healthy, Happy and Whole Expo. The Register has been a platinum sponsor all three years. We have watched the expo grow and provide more valuable information to our community. We’re proud to be a part of it.”
Gold sponsors include Encompass Home Health, Muenster Memorial Hospital, Ray of Sunshine Senior Care and Texoma Medical Center.
Silver sponsors include Absolutely Angels, Inc., Assisted Living Concepts, Inc., Jordan Health Services, Renaissance Care Center, Texoma Wellness Center, TMC Behavioral Health Center and Whitesboro/Pilot Point Home Health, Inc.
Friend sponsors include Bosco’s Gym, Countryside Nursing Home and Rehab, Home Hospice of Cooke County, It Works Independent Distributor, River Valley Health and Rehab, Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton, Smile Avenue Family Dental, Women’s Wellness and Aesthetics and York Eye Association.
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