04/27/2012

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in West Union and St. Marys

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Doddridge and Pleasants counties, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:
• the Doddridge County Health Department in West Union from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1 and 2. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment in West Union call 304-873-1531.
• the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department in St. Marys from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4. For an appointment in St. Marys call 304-684-2461.

The mammograms are billed to private 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 (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.    

Since the startup of the mobile mammography program in 2009, Bonnie’s Bus has travelled more than 40,000 miles and screened nearly 2,700 women.  More than half of those were screened last year.  Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP.

Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups, 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 the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo 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: 04-24-12

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