The new Bonnie’s Bus is receiving high approval ratings as it travels to communities in West Virginia.
WVU’s 45 foot, state-of-the-art mobile mammography vehicle was a welcome sight at the Clendenin Health Center this past July. Patients, clinical providers and others liked what they saw and especially appreciated the services the Bus staff provided.
“I'm impressed by the new equipment,” said Carol Melling. “The whole experience was very pleasant. I came in for a doctor's appointment and saw the bus and remembered I was due for a mammogram. I'm happy I was able to get a mammogram today.”
“If the bus did not come to Clendenin women would not have access to mammograms,” said Christy Clayton, office manager at the health center. “It gives every woman an opportunity to get screened no matter what their barriers are. Both patients and staff use the bus because it's convenient. Staff use the bus because it's hard for them to get off work and they can get a mammogram on their lunch break. The bus brings excitement to the area and that was important after the flood. The bus helped to bring a sense of normalcy back to the community after the flood.”
The Clendenin Health Center combines services the day Bonnie’s Bus visits so that women can have a complete well-woman exam. “We try to make it special for the ladies,” said Dr. KC Lovin, a health center provider . “A lot of women walk to the clinic, so Bonnie's Bus makes mammograms accessible for women in the community. Charleston is 30 miles from Clendenin and for many ladies that's a universe away.”
The original Bonnie’s Bus visited the Clendenin Health Center 36 times and provided more than 500 mammograms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing education course titled CDC Pink Book Training: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases on April 10-11, 2018, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia. The two-day program is geared to physicians, nurses, immunization providers, and program managers seeking the most current immunization knowledge base. Agenda topics include the principles of vaccination, general recommendations and best practice guidelines for immunization, vaccine safety, specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, and current issues related to immunization. Participants are required to obtain a copy of the most recent Pink Book. You can download and print one from the CDC website for free or purchase one from the Public Health Foundation website.
Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.
The Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held an elimination dinner recently at the Best Western in Bridgeport and unanimously decided to donate all of the money from the fundraiser – $5,000 – to the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) to offset the costs of Bus visits to Harrison County.