Trinity Health GR adds mobile unit to its mammography services
In an effort to help reduce health inequities in the area, Trinity Health Grand Rapids unveiled a 40-foot bus, Monday, that will serve as its new mobile mammography unit.
The mobile unit contains the same 3-D imaging suite as Trinity Health’s other imaging centers, according to the provider. Also onboard are two private changing rooms and a reception waiting area.
The mobile facility will be staffed by specially trained technologists and board-certified radiologists.
Becky Mercier is an Imaging Supervisor for Trinity Health. She said the goal is to make sure that the provider serves its underserved communities. This includes helping patients overcome certain barriers they may have that would prevent them from getting screened for breast cancer.
“Transportation, costs, fear, ease of access is simplified for them, and improving health equity in Grand Rapids," Mercer said.
"Our time will be spent mostly in those communities so 40 to 50% of the time will be in those underserved areas to make sure that those screening mammograms are available and easy.”
Mercier said about 40% of eligible women in the area who should have screening mammograms aren't having them done and about 18 to 20% of women are afraid of the service because of cost. She adds resources are available for those who may not have insurance or who are experiencing financial hardship.
The bus will provide services at 11 locations and neighborhoods around West Michigan, including the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. More information on dates and appointments can be found on Trinity Health Michigan website.