Ellis Fischel Cancer Center unveils new mobile mammography van

9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago April 07, 2016 Apr 7, 2016 Thursday, April 07 2016 Thursday, April 07, 2016 2:24:00 PM CDT in News
By: Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center unveiled a new "Mamm Van" Thursday to bring 3-D breast screenings to rural Missouri.

The mobile mammography van is a 38-foot long clinic that provides women in rural areas access to the same mammography screening services as the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

The Chief Executive Officer of the University of MU Health Care, Mitch Wasden, spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

"Our new mobile mammography van is an important extension of that mission because it helps us provide life-saving breast screenings to women who otherwise might not receive them," Wasden said.

He also said the new van will go throughout rural Missouri to locations chosen for their convenience, such as at work, church or community businesses.

The new van replaces an existing van that was in service since 2005. The new van is fully funded by a $765,958 donation from the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation.

Cheri Fortman, a Boonville employee, has used the Mamm Van each year since she turned 40.

"With the Mamm Van, I'm able to walk outside during my lunch break and get my yearly screening," Fortman said. 

Employers, rural physicians, church groups, health departments and civic clubs interested in scheduling theMamm Van can call Ellis Fischel's cancer screening services at (573)-882-8511.

 

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