Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 22, 2013

Westport Health and Business Expo brings in huge crowds

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — WESTPORT – Every year, the Westport Area Business Association and the Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Westport Clinic partner up to present the annual Westport Health and Business Expo on Saturday.

This year, the seventh annual Westport Health and Business Expo was held October 19, at the Westport Community Building. A large variety of options for guests were available, with everything from a variety of health screenings and flu vaccines, to local business booths and vendors, to a blood drive and lunch, all free of charge.

Soon after walking in the door, guests were greeted by Linda Simmons, CEO of DCMH. She welcomed each guest personally and gave them a free DCMH bag to carry all their expo goodies. Tables were set up all around the main room in the community building and each table featured a different business, organization or vendor. There were a total of 37 different booths that attendees could visit, many of which had free favors for each guest. Several door prizes were given out throughout the event as well.

Upon entering, guests were given a card to have initialed by a variety of different booths. Once all the spaces on the card were filled, the guest was entitled to a free lunch. The lunch consisted of burgers or hot dogs and was cooked and served by members of the Westport Kiwanis Club, who graciously volunteered their time to assist at the expo.

Lynzee McDowell, Marketing and Communications Manager for DCMH, and her collegue, Sarah Mcvey, Marketing and Communications Assistant, organized the Westport Health and Business Expo this year and are thrilled with the turnout the event saw.

“It was our most attended expo to date. We had about 375 people come through,” McDowell said.

While visiting the different booths, guests had the option of receiving several different free health screenings. Attendees could choose from blood pressure, blood sugar, done density, body fat and body mass index screenings were available. There was also a lactation station, which was new to the expo this year. In addition, Dr. Mahnee Dinsmore, an OB/GYN at DCMH, was at the Women’s Care booth to speak with guests.

The flu shot clinic was made possible with the assistance of the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County and Decatur County REMC, who both donated to the vaccine program and by a $500 grant from the Decatur County Community Foundation, who donated directly to the Westport expo. Because of their generosity, more than 250 flu vaccines were given Saturday.

The South Bend Medical Foundation was on hand with their bloodmobile, allowing attendees of the expo to give blood in the mobile donation center in the community building’s parking lot. McDowell reported that almost 30 people donated. South Bend Medical Foundation is the primary supplier of blood for Decatur County and each pint of blood saves three lives. In this case, each pint will likely save three Decatur County lives.

Many DCMH employees volunteered their time to come out and help at the expo by staffing tables or filling in where needed. McDowell said she was grateful for their assistance and delighted with the outcome. She also credited the vendors and members of the business association for their participation and extended her thanks to them.

“We had a great turnout for the event, despite the weather,” McDowell said. “We are thankful to everyone who helped- from the vendors and hospital employees to the business association members and everyone who came out. This year’s event was a huge success.”

More photos from this event are available in an online gallery at www.greensburgdailynews.smugmug.com.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004