Bonnie’s Bus in McDowell County Thursday

First time mobile mammography unit visits southern West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus will spend the day at the McDowell County Health Department in Wilcoe Thursday during the first visit of the mobile mammography unit to southern West Virginia. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bonnie’s Bus offers digital mammograms, which are not free. But billing to third-parties will be provided, and women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a mammogram appointment, call the McDowell County Health Department at 304-448-2174.

The 40-foot-long Bonnie’s Bus, underwritten by a $2.5 million gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, is owned and operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. The bus made its first stop in Blacksville, Monongalia County, the Statlers’ hometown, on April 15.

Scot Remick, M.D., director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, will also be in Wilcoe Thursday to meet with health and other local officials to discuss collaborations on prevention and treatment issues in rural West Virginia.

McDowell County tops the list of West Virginia counties that have the worst breast cancer mortality rates, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). NCI data show death rates are rising in McDowell County, even though rates nationwide and statewide are falling.

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.

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




For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 07-28-09

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