Free mammograms still provided at NHRMC

Reported by Frances Weller – bio |email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When New Hanover Regional Medical Center parked its Coastal Care van, many women without insurance assumed the hospital was no longer providing free mammograms.

That's not the case.

Iris Baker, the Outreach Coordinator for New Hanover Regional Medical Center says free mammograms are still available.

"That is still in existence, and we converted to a voucher system so sites outside of Wilmington still have vouchers."

The van would travel to different low-income areas so uninsured women could be screened.

In recent years, however, digital mammograms have become the gold standard for breast exams.

The hospital stopped providing the free service on the van because the cost to convert the vehicle to digital was too expensive.

The free mammograms are funded through the Pink Ribbon project.

In order to qualify, women must have a written order from a physician.

For more information on how to register for a free mammogram, call New Hanover Regional Medical Center at 343-7000.

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