Bonnie’s Bus visits Glenville

Digital mammography screening to be offered during health fair

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gilmer County’s community health fair will offer a new feature this year – a visit from Bonnie’s Bus. Mammograms will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday (June 22 and 23) at the Department of Health, 809 Mineral Road in Glenville.

The digital mammography mobile unit, which offers screening to women mostly in rural West Virginia, is owned and operated by West Virginia University Hospitals.

The mammograms are not free. But to make sure every woman who wants a mammogram is covered, billing to third-parties will be provided, and women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities.

The 40-foot bus, underwritten by a $2.5 million gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler, is designed to bring digital mammography to women who may lack access to radiology services even though breast cancer mortality rates are high. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson.

Bonnie's Bus

For an appointment, call the Gilmer County Department of Health, 304-462-7351.

Bonnie’s Bus represents a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.

The bus made its first stop in Blacksville on April 15. Visits are planned to Brooke County, McDowell County, Mingo County and also the city of Charleston in the next few weeks. If mammograms show need for follow-up care, women will be referred to doctors in their home communities for treatment. 

Bonnie’s Bus – and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at WVU – received $300,000 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support outreach to women and follow-up tracking studies and a two-year $400,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to establish a clinical trials network.

For information on Bonnie’s Bus see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie/.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 06-17-09

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