MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Harrison and Monongalia counties, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Clarksburg Mission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. It will be at the WVU Healthcare Expo at the Morgantown Mall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. The bus will be parked outside Garfield’s Restaurant and Pub.
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. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment in Clarksburg call Health Access at 304-622-2708. A Health Access nurse practitioner will also be able to provide pap exams. No appointment is needed for a mammogram at Morgantown Mall. Women will be able to get a physician’s order on site. Women who already have a doctor’s order and would like to be screened on the Bus at the Expo can pre-register by calling 877-287-2272.
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.