WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Westover, Blacksville and Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Monongalia County 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: •    Morgantown Mall in Westover for the WVU Healthcare Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4.  No appointment needed. •    HealthWorks in Blacksville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. For an appointment, call 304-432-8211. •    Fall Women’s Extravaganza in Morgantown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20. For an appointment, call 877-287-2272. 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. Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 4,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of eight cases of breast cancer. 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.      [...]

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Elizabeth, Gassaway, Rock Cave, West Milford and Glenville

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Wirt, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison and Gilmer 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: •    Coplin Memorial Clinic in Elizabeth from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3. For an appointment, call 304-273-1033. •    Elk Memorial Clinic in Gassaway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22. For an appointment, call 304-364-2401. •    Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock Cave from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23. For an appointment, call 304-924-6262. •    West Milford Health Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. For an appointment, call 304-745-4568.                     •    Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Glenville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 25. For an appointment, call 304-462-7322. 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. Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 4,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of eight cases of breast cancer. 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.   [...]

WVU Healthcare and Cancer Center to host marrow donor drive

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will host a marrow donor drive for the Be the Match Donor Registry from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 during the WVU Healthcare Expo at Morgantown Mall. The donor registry table will be located between Garfield’s and JCPenney. The Be the Match Registry is operated by the National Donor Marrow Program, the global leader in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients in need. “It’s critically important that we host the drive because patients with 73 different diseases, including leukemia and lymphoma, are dying due to a lack of donors,” Londia Goff, transplant coordinator and nurse clinician for the Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program at the Cancer Center, said. “The shortage is greatest for minority donors. I have an 80 percent chance of finding a donor for a patient of European ancestry. For African-Americans, the percentage drops to about 3 percent.” Potential donors include men and women from 18 to 44 years old. During the registration process, potential donors will be asked several questions about their medical history, medications, travel history and social behaviors. Someone at risk for transmitting blood-borne infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C, will not be eligible to donate. Those determined eligible to be a potential donor will meet with a WVU Healthcare clinician who will collect DNA from their cheek with a swab.      “The Donor Program is seeking younger donors because younger cells engraft better with better outcomes for the recipient. As we age our cells age also,” Goff said. “This is a painless process that enables us to collect cheek cells that will be tested for tissue type, entered into the national registry and then sent to transplant centers looking for donors. If a donor is a potential match, he or she will be called for additional testing.”   She added that it is crucial that the donor respond promptly because high-risk patients are desperately waiting to receive their transplant. For more information about becoming a bone marrow donor visit bethematch.com or call the Osborn Blood and Marrow Transplant Program office  at 304-598-4520 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. [...]

WVU Healthcare Expo returns Friday, Oct. 4

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Healthcare Expo – one of the largest community health events in the area – will return to the Morgantown Mall from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. It will feature 52 exhibitors representing departments and programs at WVU Healthcare and affiliated organizations. Expo attendees can receive a free health screening, talk with a health professional and get a flu shot. Some of the free health screenings and assessments being offered throughout the event include: blood pressure, body fat, body mass index, bone density, carotid artery, clinical breast exams, diabetes risk, electrocardiograms (EKGs), glaucoma, glucose, heartburn, leg varicose vein and circulation, pulmonary function, stroke risk, vision and gallbladder and abdominal aorta ultrasounds. Free screenings being offered at special times include: balance (8 a.m.-noon), injury (8-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) and spine pain (8 a.m.-noon and 1:30-5 p.m.). Mammograms will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patients must have an order from a healthcare provider to receive a mammogram. The clinicians providing clinical breast exams at the Expo can order a mammogram. Participants’ insurance companies will be billed; payment options are available.   WVU Healthcare’s Clinical Laboratories will offer the various blood screenings from 6:30 a.m.-noon. They include: multiphasic, $35; PSA, $15; vitamin D, $15; hemoglobin A1C, $10; and thyroid stimulating hormone, $10. Pre-registration is preferred; call 1-800-982-8242. Cholesterol screenings will be offered throughout the event for $10, and flu shots will be available for $25. Hundreds of WVU health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and therapists, will be available to answer questions at the event. Those who attend the Expo can also try their hand at the da Vinci robot. This state-of-the-art robot, guided remotely by a surgeon’s hands, is used for minimally invasive surgery. The Hearts of Gold service dogs and Monti the Mountaineer Bear will be on hand. There will be healthy recipes, a raffle for a stationary recumbent bike and much more. [...]