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FMU ARCH Program announces free health screening locations

The Francis Marion University ARCH (Advancing Rural and Community Health) Program will sponsor a series of free health screenings that are open to the public at the following locations:

  • Friday, April 4 -- Greater Singletary A.M.E. Church, 1576 Wahee Road, Marion, 1-5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11 -- Word of Life Christian Center, 1300 W. Main St., Bennettsville, 1-5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 18 -- Rains-Centenary Early Childhood Center, 3549 S. Hwy. 501, Mullins, 1-5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 25 -- The Door of Hope Christian Center, 401 Martin Luther King Blvd., Marion, 1-5 p.m.

The screenings will consist of blood pressure check, fingerstick blood sugar, lab work for cholesterol and kidney function and a health survey. Assistance with completing a Universal Medication Form will also be provided for all patients who bring their medications.

The ARCH Program was established at FMU to provide a variety of health awareness services in rural communities including health screenings, health awareness seminars and lifestyle education programs. Under the direction of staff physician, Paul DeMarco, students enrolled in programs leading to careers involving health care, mental health, social work, and related fields are involved in providing these services, with emphasis on rural communities in the Pee Dee Region. 

The programs and services are provided in community-based venues, including schools, community centers, churches, civic organizations and other appropriate locations. 

For more information about the screening or the ARCH program, contact the ARCH office at 843-661-1846 or email Visit the ARCH website at

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Last Published: March 31, 2008 2:34 PM
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