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.
Many thanks to the WVU women’s soccer team and their fans who came out to watch the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma 5-1 during the “pink” game at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown on October 8. The game was an opportunity for both the team and fans to join the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to raise breast cancer awareness and support the fight against breast cancer. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, representatives of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus), and assistant women’s soccer coach Marisa Kanela were called to the field for halftime recognition and an announcement that the Mountaineers raised nearly $9,000 for the Cancer Institute’s Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the team’s annual spring fundraiser. Additionally, Mountaineer fans donated more than $1,300 in exchange for official pink Mountaineer T-shirts. Their donations will support the Breast Cancer Program Enhancement Fund at the Cancer Institute.
Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Master of Science in Health Sciences Program at West Virginia University, was surprised and delighted to see 65 of her colleagues at her recent presentation. Before the standing-room-only crowd, she discussed her latest research into how adipose-derived stem cells, which originate in fat, influence the activity of breast cancer cells.