Robo-doc is coming to Hermiston.

Partnering with the Providence Brain Institute, patients at Good Shepherd Medical Center will have round-the-clock access to some of Oregon’s top neurologists and stroke experts through the Providence Telestroke Network.

“For a rural hospital this is invaluable — to have this technology so readily available,” said Juli Gregory, education director at the hospital.

Using an advanced video system, physicians can perform examinations, review patient records and consult with local physicians to determine the best course of treatment for patients.

“We’re so excited about the robot,” Gregory said. “The program is going live later this month.”

The hospital will even hold a name-the-robot contest.

People who attend Tuesday’s Senior Health & Fitness Day will have an opportunity to see the network in action. A technician will be on hand and go through some of the processes and answer questions.

The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, also will include health screenings and activities.

The first 30 people can submit blood for a free cholesterol panel and blood glucose from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Others will need to pay $10. Gregory said results are more accurate if people fast before the tests. She said some snacks items will be available so people can have a bite to eat while enjoying the rest of the day’s events.

In its second year, Gregory said the target audience are baby boomers and seniors, but there will be lots of things that will be of interest to people of all ages.

Demonstrations and classes will take place hourly, including cooking demonstrations.

“The OSU Extension Office will be talking about cooking for one or two,” Gregory said. “It’s a lot different than cooking for a family.”

Gregory said it’s important to incorporate meal-planning and cooking because some people may struggle with preparing well-balanced meals and opt for less healthy choices. That session is from noon to 1 p.m.

Other programs will feature motorized wheelchair safety, exercises and activities, blood pressure screening and child car seat safety.

“We see a lot of grandparents picking up children at the daycare,” she said.

In addition, an attorney will present information on wills and estate planning from 10-11 a.m. and a representative from Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance will discuss Medicare A, B, C and D from 1-2 p.m.

For more information about the health and fitness day, call 541-667-3509.

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