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MHP offering free lung screenings

STAFF REPORT

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and eight million current or former smokers are at high risk.

To help local individuals who may be at high risk, Major Health Partners and X-Ray Physicians of Shelbyville are partnering to offer free lung screenings during Lung Cancer Awareness month (November) to those who qualify.

Eligibility for the free lung screenings at MHP includes those who are:

n Smokers or recent former smokers

n Age 55 to 80

n In general good health

Lung cancer can be treated if found early. An no matter how much a person smoked, early detection of lung cancer could save someone’s life. Now through the end of November, eligible individuals can call 317-421-5707 or visit mymhp.org/lung to learn more and schedule a free lung scan.

MHP Lab Drop Off Service

MHP is making it easier for patients needing to drop off lab samples for testing. 

If you are asked by the MHP Lab to collect a sample at home, you can pull up to the main entrance at MHP Medical Center and return it to the lab without even entering the building. 

The process for curbside drop off is simple:

n Pull into the circular drive at the main entrance of the MHP Medical Center and park next to the Lab Drop Off sign

n Call the telephone number on the sign to notify staff of your arrival

n Have the sample clearly labeled with the patient’s name, date of birth, and telephone number

n A MHP staff members will approach the passenger side of your vehicle to assist you

n After a few questions to verify the patient’s information, you will be on your way

To provide the best possible service, there are several exceptions to the Lab Drop Off program. Check with the lab staff to receive a collection kit to make sure your sample is appropriate for drop off.

This idea was sparked by the MHP Patient and Family Advisory Council, a group of community members that meet monthly to discuss ideas and provide feedback to improve the way our patients experience care.

Those interested in learning more or applying to be a member of the MHP Patient and Family Advisory Council visit www.myMHP.org/pfac.