Bonnie’s Bus providing care

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brooke Hinzman Bonnie’s Bus Mobile Mammography Program will be located today at Valley Healthcare, Inc. in Mill Creek.

MILL CREEK– A mobile mammography unit is providing screenings at Valley Healthcare, Inc. in Mill Creek from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Bonnie’s Bus Mobile Mammography Program is a division of the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine dedicated to providing mammograms to women in remote parts of the state.

The unit was also at Valley Healthcare in Mill Creek throughout the day Wednesday.

“The goal of the program is to never see a lady go without a mammogram because they can’t get to one. We want to come to the people who need it. We travel all over the state, go to clinics where the women are so that they can get mammograms,” said Gurald Turner, an employee of Bonnie’s Bus.

The unit seeks to offer breast cancer screenings in an environment that is comfortable and convenient for patients.

Bonnie’s Bus seeks to offer breast cancer screenings in an environment that is comfortable and convenient for patients.

Bonnie’s Bus serves women with private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare in addition to providing screenings to qualifying uninsured or underinsured women through grant money and donations; the goal is that no woman over 40 is ever turned away. As of 2018, more than 1,500 patients had their screenings paid for through external sources.

“We’ve been in 52 of the 55 counties so far. We travel around the whole state,” Turner said. In its first 10 years on the road, the bus traveled a combined total of 163,629 miles.

As of 2018, 18,698 mammograms were completed on the bus.

“The first year that the bus started in 2009, it served 359 women. Last year, we were up to 2,729, and we’re already on track to do more than that this year,” Turner said.

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