Women throughout Wayne County and the Greater Carbondale Region will have increased access to life-saving breast cancer screenings, thanks to a “big pink van” housing a digital mammography system. The mobile mammography program will be available at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers’ family health centers in Hamlin, Lake Como, Vandling and Carbondale. Wayne Memorial officials say the program was initiated to address a community need.
“Wayne Memorial offers digital mammography at the hospital in Honesdale and at our Lords Valley office in Pike County, but many women in other parts of our service area such as northern Wayne are not always able to get to those facilities,” said Wayne Memorial CEO David Hoff. “Higher rates of breast cancer are often seen in areas where screenings are not easily accessible. Early detection saves lives.”
The mobile mammography program received funding from the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the AllOne Foundation and the USDA’s Distance Learning & Telemedicine program. “This project would not have happened without them,” said Hoff.
The van will be staffed by mammography technologists from Wayne Memorial, whose mammography program is certified by the American College of Radiology. Wayne Memorial performs close to 5,000 mammograms each year.
To make an appointment for a screening in the mobile unit, patients with a prescription from their provider may call Wayne Memorial’s Central Scheduling Department at 570-251-6689.
On the front page: Wayne Memorial Hospital’s mobile mammography van.
More on breast cancer awareness month on page 11.