FARMINGTON San Juan Regional Medical Center will offer low-cost blood screenings on Wednesday, April 23, at San Juan College.

Between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., medical staff from the hospital will see patients on a first-come, first-served basis in Room 9006 in the college's Henderson Fine Arts Building, 4601 College Blvd.

The tests offered include a comprehensive metabolic panel and vitamin D screening for $15 each. Lipid and thyroid profiles and prostate, hemoglobin and hematocrit screenings are $10 each. The test for vitamin D, which can help diagnose conditions like osteoporosis, is a new addition.

"We hold the screenings in the spring and fall each year. It's a big benefit since these tests can be expensive," said Frances Jernigan, a lab services manager at the hospital. "We test for thyroid, cholesterol, anemia and other conditions. Results are sent to patients quickly — in two days, usually — by mail."

For the most accurate results, participants are asked to fast for 12 hours before testing.

Cash and checks are accepted. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call San Juan Regional Medical Center at 505-609-6449 or go to