03/03/2011

Bonnie’s Bus begins third year of operation

Mammograms offered March 15 and 16 at Stonewall Resort

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women, will visit Lewis County as the Bus begins its third consecutive year of operation. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.
 
The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through a special grant from the Susan B. Komen for the Cure Foundation. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call the Tri-County Health Clinic at 304-924-6262. 

Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. About half of those screened were medically underserved women from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women.

Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with 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 www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.

Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.
 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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