MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The new Bonnie’s Bus, a 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile mammography vehicle, will visit Preston, Wetzel, Marion, and Taylor counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital mammograms and breast care education to women.
A service of WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute, the new Bonnie’s Bus will mark its first visit at the Rowlesburg Clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 11. For an appointment, call 304-454-2421.
Additional visits include:
- State Police Office behind the library in Hundred from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 12. For an appointment, call 304-775-4671.
- Dollar General Store in Worthington from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 13. For an appointment, call 304-657-7210.
- Grafton-Taylor County Health Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 14. For an appointment, call 304-265-1288.
- Kingwood Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 22. For an appointment, call 304-685-3045.
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 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.
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: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, 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.