MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The new Bonnie’s Bus, a 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile mammography vehicle, will visit Boone, Kanawha, and Clay counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:

  • Raleigh-Boone Medical Center in Whitesville, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 25. For an appointment, call 304-854-1321.
  • Sissonville Health Center in Charleston from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26. For an appointment, call 304-984-1576. 
  • Clendenin Health Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27. For an appointment, call 304-548-7272.
  • Clay Primary Care from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 28.  For an appointment, call 304-587-7301.

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 from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

The original Bonnie’s Bus hit the road in 2009. Since that time, the Bus has provided more than 14,000 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of 63 cases of breast cancer. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP. The new Bus, which made its inaugural visit this month, is bigger and offers a higher level of technology than the previous Bus.

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 Institute, 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: Bonnie’s Bus and its staff will be available for media tours and interviews from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on July 27 at the Clendenin Health Center. If you are interested in covering this or any other visit, please call Amy Johns, WVU Medicine director of public affairs, at 304-293-1412 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. 

For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-285-7264