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FMU ARCH Program announces free health screening locations

FLORENCE – 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, Sept. 4 – Sandhills Wesleyan Church, 4735 Hwy. 38 North, Bennettsville, 1-5 p.m.

·        Friday, Sept. 11 – Wise Chapel, 1748 Wise Chapel Court, Marion, 1-5 p.m.

·        Friday, Sept. 18 – Williamsburg County Recreation Department, 2084 Thurgood Marshall Hwy., Kingstree, 1-5 p.m.

·        Friday, Sept. 25 – Marlboro Park Hospital, 1138 Cheraw Hwy., Bennettsville, 1-5 p.m.

·        Friday, Oct. 2 – Drucker Drugs, 110 East Main St., Kingstree, 1-5 p.m. 

The screenings will consist of height, weight and blood pressure check, finger stick blood sugar, lab work for cholesterol and kidney function and a health survey. Diabetics will also have a hemoglobin A1C drawn (a test that measures diabetic control over the previous three months). 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 M.D., 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. Since its inception, the ARCH screening team has provided more than 60 screenings for more than 1,500 participants. 

For more information about the screening or the ARCH program, contact the ARCH office at 843-661-1845 or email Visit the ARCH website at


Last Published: September 3, 2009 10:01 AM
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