Will routinely stop at rural locations throughout the Chippewa Valley starting June 9

Western Wisconsin – Prevea Health, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a 3-D and digital, mobile mammography unit to provide residents in rural areas greater access to breast health screenings. 

Starting June 9, 2021, the mobile mammography unit will travel on a regular basis to:

  • Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building, 3119 Woodman Dr. in Altoona
  • Prevea Augusta Health Center, 207 W. Lincoln St. in Augusta
  • Prevea Cornell Health Center, 320 N. 7th St. in Cornell
  • Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Ave. W in Ladysmith
  • Prevea Menomonie Health Center, 2919 Stout Rd. in Menomonie
  • Prevea Rice Lake Health Center, 1051 West Ave. in Rice Lake
  • Prevea Mondovi Health Center, 250 WI-37 in Mondovi

Appointments are required and can be made by calling (715) 717-3690. More information is also available at: www.prevea.com/mammo

“High-quality health care, especially preventive health screenings should be readily available and close to home,” said Dr. Ken Johnson, Chief Medical Officer at Prevea Health in Western Wisconsin. “This is state-of-the-art technology on wheels which will provide life-saving care to communities across the Chippewa Valley.”  

The mobile mammography unit is equipped with mammography technology that has the capability to provide 3-D and/or digital images. It also features two changing rooms and a waiting room and is staffed by a registered mammography technologist. 

“Mammograms provide us an X-ray image of the breast, which can help us detect any tumors or other abnormalities,” said Megan Bauer, mobile imaging coordinator at Prevea Health. “They play a key role in the detection of breast cancer, the second most common cancer among women. If we can catch cancer early with a mammogram, it is likely more treatable. Mammograms can even help us detect some forms of cancer before they develop.” 

All women should talk with their health care provider about the appropriate timing for screening mammograms, especially women who are age 40 or at high-risk. A schedule will be based upon an individual’s health. At age 40, any woman may wish to begin regular screening mammograms. By age 45, women should have a screening mammogram and continue to have one at least every other year. 

The mobile mammography unit was purchased with funds that were donated by private donors to the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation - the philanthropic, charitable arm of the HSHS hospitals in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. 

“As part of a nonprofit health care system, we rely on donations to help us enhance the care our hospitals provide,” said Bobbi Giles, HSHS Sacred Heart/St. Joseph’s Foundation Director. “We are immensely grateful to the donors who made the purchase of the mobile mammography unit possible and are honored to partner with Prevea Health to deploy it into communities throughout the Chippewa Valley.”  

Attention Media: An opportunity to gather video, photos and interviews about the new mobile mammography unit will be made available on Tuesday, May 25. An official media invitation with additional details will be sent in the coming days. 

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels. 

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
 

Media Contact

Karen Kraus

Communications Department
HSHS Wisconsin
Office: (715) 717-4591
Cell: (715) 717-4747
Karen.Kraus@hshs.org

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