Wellness Screenings

A person may only discover a health issue when symptoms arrive or sometimes only after a serious health incident, such as a heart attack or stroke, occur. Yet what if you knew earlier your health was at risk when you could make lifestyle changes to prevent concerns? The good news is you can. By participating in wellness screenings and becoming familiar with your health statistics, you can take charge of your health.

Spencer Hospital offers several wellness screening opportunities, including: 

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Planet Heart: Heart Check
  • Planet Heart: Vascular Check
  • ​Comprehensive Wellness Screening

Blood Pressure Screenings

Heart & Vascular Screenings: Planet Heart

Your heart and vascular system are complex subjects that deserve comprehensive care. Thankfully, a whole world of heart care is available through Spencer Hospital with the next step in heart and vascular prevention: Planet Heart. Two different screening programs are offered, a heart check and a vascular screening.

Planet Heart: Heart Check

Planet Heart’s Heart Check is a cardiovascular risk identification and reduction program operated by Spencer Hospital, using guidelines established by the Avera Heart Hospital. A heart check is recommended for men age 40 years and older and for women age 45 and older.

The program includes the following screening components:

  • Calcium score CT (read by a radiologist)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass index
  • Waist circumference
  • Diet Quality Index
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar

Upon completion of the above screening component, one of the Planet Heart educators reviews the results with participants. Participants are given education regarding their results as compared to moderate or high-risk factors. Participants are also educated about stress management and physical activity.

Planet Heart Vascular Screening

A Stroke Check (Vascular screening) is three tests using ultrasound technology designed to detect the conditions of vascular disease. If detected early, treating vascular disease lowers your risk of stroke, heart disease and other complications

  • Carotid artery screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Peripheral artery disease screening

What is the Cost of Each Screening?

Each screening costs $50 or you can choose both screenings for $100. Insurance claims are not filed on behalf of participants. Acceptable methods of payment: Credit, debit, cash or check.

How Do I Schedule A Planet Heart Screening?

Call Spencer Hospital’s Diagnostic Department, (712) 264-8300 extension 6500 to schedule your screening appointment. If you would like to have both the Heart Check and Vascular Screening done, these screenings can be performed in a single appointment.

What Will Happen with My Results?

The results of your Heart Check will be reviewed by a radiologist. The results will be sent to your physician. It is your responsibility to initiate a follow-up examination to confirm any of the results and obtain advice and treatment with your physician.

The results of your Vascular Screening will NOT be reviewed by a physician on staff at Spencer Hospital. Ultrasound technologists will go over your results with your and will send to your physician. It is your responsibility to initiate follow-up examination to confirm any of the results and to obtain advice and treatment with your physician.

Is a Physician Referral Necessary for Either Planet Heart Screening?

A physician referral is not necessary for a Planet Heart screening, however you must list a healthcare provider. Participants may refer themselves to the program by scheduling an appointment by calling Spencer Hospital at (712) 264-6500.

Comprehensive Wellness Screening

Spencer Hospital’s Comprehensive Wellness Screening focuses on risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome (also known as MetS). MetS is a condition that exists when 3 out of 5 metabolic abnormalities are found which results in an  increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Metabolic criteria includes:

  • Low levels of HDL (good cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High levels of fasting blood sugar
  • High levels of fasting triglycerides
  • Large waist circumference - 40 inches or greater for men or 35 inches or greater for women

How Do I Schedule a Wellness Screening?

Comprehensive Wellness Screenings are held the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 AM at Spencer Hospital’s Laboratory Services. An appointment takes approximately 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment, call (712) 264-8300 extension 6636.

What is the Cost of a Wellness Screening?

A Wellness Screening costs $50. Insurance claims are not filed on behalf of participants. Participants may opt to have additional screening tests perform (listed below) for a minimal additional fee. Acceptable methods of payment are cash or check.

What Is Included in a Wellness Check?

  • Weight Check and Waist Circumference - Knowing your ideal body weight is the first significant step towards good health. Improper weight management leads to many lifestyle diseases.
  • Metabolic Syndrome Risk Check - Learn about your metabolic risk factors and receive information associated with each factor.
  • Blood Pressure Check - Blood pressure is one of the vital signs that health professionals measure to assess general health.
  • Body Composition Scale - Uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to determine the user’s body composition, body fat percentage and metabolic age.
  • Laboratory Blood Test Analysis - Screens for diabetes, anemia, heart, liver and kidney function. Tests such as blood sugar, BUN, Creatinine, Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDLD, T. Chol/HDL Ratio, Hgb, Hct, WBC, RBC indices, platelets, electrolytes, sodium, potassium, chloride and more.

Prior to Screening:

  • DO NOT eat or drink 12 hours before your appointment. Take prescribed medications with minimal amount of water.
  • DO NOT exercise 12 hours before testing.
  • Please wear socks/shoes that can easily be removed.

Optional Screenings You May Include With Your Wellness Screening:

  • $10  Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test (TSH) - A simple blood test, the TSH screening helps determine how well your thyroid gland is functioning and helps screen for thyroid disease by measuring blood TSH levels. The American Thyroid Association recommends measuring thyroid function in all adults beginning at age 35 years and every 5 years thereafter.
  • $25  Prostate-Specific Antigen  Test(PSA) - The PSA test is used primarily to screen for prostate cancer in men. A PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood.  The PSA test can detect high levels of PSA that may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. The American Urological Association recommends that men consider getting a baseline prostate cancer screening, including a PSA test and DRE, beginning at age 40.
  • $5 Fecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT) - The gFOBT is a take home kit that tests for hidden blood in the stool, which can be a symptom of colorectal cancer. The stool samples are sent in to our lab for analysis and a result letter is sent to your home. Recommended annually.