Inspired by the example of the first Bon Secours Sisters who brought health care outside the walls of their convent – ours is a vision to bring the critically important breast health screenings to the uninsured, underinsured, in churches, community centers and workplace health fairs.
As part of the Breast Health Program, St. Francis has unveiled a new Mobile Mammography Coach that will travel to locations in Greenville and the surrounding counties—Anderson, Oconee and Pickens—to provide digital mammograms to thousands of Upstate women.
Funded 100% by philanthropy, the Mobile Mammography Coach mirrosr the state-of-the-art diagnostic screenings and patient-centered care found at the fully accredited Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health, at ST. FRANCIS eastside. Bon Secours St. Francis employee fundraising campaigns provided 41% of the total funding for the mobile unit as well as for the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health.
Mobile Onsite Mammography
In its first year of operation, more than 2,000 women visited the Mobile Mammography Coach. Limited access to diagnostic services is among the main reasons that in South Carolina, when breast cancer is found, it is usually in the later stages.
According to Susan G. Komen for a Cure®, regular screenings are the best way for women to lower their risk of dying from cancer. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. The digital mammography offered by the mobile coach is a more accurate screening tool for many women, especially those with dense breast tissue.
“This mobile unit allows us to take high-tech screenings and education beyond the walls of the hospital, extending the same compassionate patient care found at the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health,” said Rose Leo, VP for Women’s and Ancillary Services at ST. FRANCIS eastside. “Just as the 12 pioneering Sisters of Bon Secours broke tradition by going into patients’ homes to provide care, we are continuing our fight for the one in eight women in our community that will be diagnosed with breast cancer, no matter where they may live.”