09/19/2011

Bonnie’s Bus to provide mammograms in five southern West Virginia counties

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Raleigh, McDowell, Logan, Mingo and Mercer counties in the coming weeks, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will visit:
•    the municipal parking lot at 401 W. Main Street in Sophia from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. For an appointment call 304-683-4304.
•    Tug River Health Association Medical Center in Gary from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. For an appointment call 304-448-2101 or 304-862-2588.
•    Southern West Virginia Health Systems-Man Clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. For an appointment call 304-583-8585.
•    Southern West Virginia Health Systems-Gilbert Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. For an appointment call 304-664-6270.
•    McDowell County Health Department in Wilcoe from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. For an appointment call 304-448-2174.
•    Bluestone Health Center in Princeton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. For an appointment call 304-431-5499. 

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 special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured 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@wvuhealthcare.com
ss: 08-29-11

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