Coastal Care Van Brings Help to Rural Areas

OCTOBER 19, 2005 -- One of the reasons we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is to remind women the importance of getting their yearly mammograms.

But mammograms aren't cheap and some women don't have the insurance to cover it. That's where New Hanover Regional Medical Center steps in.

You might call it a mammogram on wheels. It's the hospital's Coastal Care Van. It travels to places like the Community Health Center on North 4th Street in Wilmington.

Many times women, especially in rural areas, aren't able to get to medical facilities that perform the mammograms. The van makes it convenient.

"Women are very comfortable with it. We come into their backyards. A lot of times they bring their mothers, their children, whatever makes them comfortable," says Jenny Connolly.

The Coastal Care Van travels to several locations in our area at least once a month. Since 1998, more than 11,000 women have been screened.

Reported by Frances Weller