This year more than 22-thousand Connecticut residents will be diagnosed with Cancer. And, in all cases: Early detection is key. That’s why Stamford Hospital has its Mobile Wellness Center parked outside the American Cancer Society, giving residents that fighting chance.
“We are providing women in the community who are uninsured with mammogram," said Lisette Torres.
Outside it may look like a bus; but inside, it’s not unlike your local doctor's office,
"This is the unit that we use," explained one of the nurses.
Except, the equipment is being powered by a generator.
“We do our best to bring that hospital setting to people – it’s quiet, it’s private," said Torres.
The bus plans to be parked in this location for four hours, during which it has the ability to screen up to 12 people. It’s been running for about an hour now, and already the staff says three patients have walked through door. The screenings are available for the insured and insured. The funding for those without insurance being provided by the Susan Komen foundation and Tully Health Center. Once the bus leaves, the images are then taken to the Tully Health Center, where radiologists diagnose a result.
"If you don't get your mammogram unti you feel, which is indicative of something, then the treatment and the outcome is really really affected," said Sheryl Joseph.
"People may have some reservations about going into this coach we have here, but the truth is that these are well-trained nurses, just like you would find in a hospital," said John Watkins.
John Watkins works for the American Cancer Society – the organizatin helping to make today happen. He puts some persecptive to these screenings, telling me early detection for breast cancer can bring a five year survival rate to 98 percent.
“This is something that we will continue to do in the future, having these partnerships in the community to really try and fight cancer on the frontline," said Watkins.
You can learn about future dates for Stamford Mobile Wellness Van by going to StamfordHospital.org