In Advance of Health Fair, SPH Conducts Blood Draws

     Homer’s annual Rotary Health Fair is still a month away but staff at South Peninsula Hospital is already getting things going. 

     Derotha Ferraro is spokesperson for the hospital, which co-sponsors the health fair every year. She says the fair’s most popular feature by far is the deeply discounted blood tests offered at the hospital.

     "A blood test is just such a quick and easy snapshot of your overall health and wellness," says Ferraro. "It's (such) a screaming discount during Health Fair ... as much as 80 percent off."

     The most popular blood test is called the “wellness panel,” which costs 40 dollars. Add-on tests include prostate, thyroid and Vitamin D screenings. Along with the test results, patients will receive information telling them how they compare to national averages in their age group.

     Because the blood tests have become so popular over the health fair’s 30-year history – more than 1,000 were performed last year – the hospital simply cannot do them all on the day of the fair. 

     So, Ferraro says they are opening the tests up three weeks before the fair, on October 14th. All blood tests are conducted at the hospital and require an appointment in advance. Appointments can be made online at the hospital’s website,, or – for folks who do not have internet access, appointments can be made at one of three community sign-up events. The first such event will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Anchor Point Senior Center.

     The Rotary Health Fair is Saturday, Nov. 2nd at Homer High School, beginning bright and early at 7:30 a.m.