PVH, Komen Foundation offering free mammograms


By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — Free is a good thing – especially when it comes to cancer screenings.

Now through March 31, Pleasant Valley Hospital is offering free annual mammogram screenings or follow-up mammograms to those who need them in the community. This program also covers insurance deductibles.

PVH had partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to provide these free screening mammograms and follow-up mammograms.

Candidates for these free screenings are: 40 years of age or older; or 35 years of age and older and have a family history of breast cancer; cannot afford a mammogram; have insurance with a large deductible; do not have insurance; do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.

PVH is also looking to the future in terms of women’s health needs with its $3.25 million fundraising campaign through its PVH Foundation to bring the Children and Family Diagnostic Center to life. This expansion of services is projected to take two years to fund and would include some remodeling of the existing hospital, primarily in the lobby, to create the diagnostic center.

The $3.25 million includes funding for a 3D mammography suite estimated at $400,000 as well as MRI upgrades estimated at $1.3 million; CT upgrades estimated at $700,000; a digital radiology room estimated at $375,000; Picture Archiving and Communication System upgrades estimated at $125,000; nuclear medicine upgrades estimated at $350,000.

For more information or to schedule a free mammogram, call 304-675-6257.

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.