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About 60 residents stopped by a health fair Saturday for free checkups and health information at the Germantown Baptist Church’s annual health fair, hosted with Holy Cross Hospital.

Kelly Nguyen, a physician and church member, said she started the fair six years ago through the church to bring community members together to learn about health care, and offer advice and services. She said that several community members who are uninsured rely on the yearly screenings at the fair.

The event is typically held in the fall and likely will be in the future, Nguyen said. This year they held it in the summer due to Holy Cross Hospital’s schedule and its interest in co-hosting the fair. Holy Cross will open a new hospital in Germantown in October.

This year, organizers offered screenings for blood pressure, vision, body fat, bone density, blood glucose and oral cancer. There were Montgomery County and state health department staff at the fair to talk about resources available to the public, and staff from the Holy Cross perinatal department.

“Everyone was very appreciative of the event,” said Monika Driver, community and minority outreach department coordinator for the hospital.

Driver said participants included insured and uninsured residents. The event also was a way for the hospital to kick off its summer outreach leading up to its opening.

“With the hospital coming, we’re making sure we’re providing information and resources,” she said.

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