08/09/2010

Bonnie’s Bus Offers Mammograms August 12 at McDowell County Health Department

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 40-foot long Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit McDowell County this month, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the McDowell County Health Department in Wilcoe on Thursday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The mammograms are not free, but billing to insurers is provided.  Women who lack insurance may be matched to government or nonprofit charities. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment, call the McDowell County Health Department  at 304-448-2174.

During its first year on the road in 2009, Bonnie’s Bus travelled 9,000 miles, visited 20 counties, and provided nearly 400 mammography screenings. The goal for 2010 is to make at least 60 site visits throughout West Virginia with a focus on communities that have the highest breast cancer mortality rates. 

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

Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bonnie.

 

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For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
fettyki@wvuh.com
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