COLUMBUS, Kan. – When it comes to supporting mobile medicine, what better donor than a local auto dealership family?
A $100,000 gift over five years from Jay Hatfield Companies has helped fund a digital upgrade of the Mercy Mobile Mammography van that serves Southeast Kansas, Southwest Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma. The substantial donation to Mercy Health Foundation Joplin is part of nearly $250,000 put toward the project through various donors, according to Miranda Lewis, foundation executive director.
“Mercy Health Foundation is honored to partner with Jay Hatfield Companies to bring digital mobile mammography services to area patients,” Lewis said. “Donors such as the Hatfield family and the entire Hatfield team are a vital part of helping Mercy offer state-of-the-art care to our communities.”
“Cancer is a terrible disease that affects so many families, and our family is no exception. We feel that sponsoring and supporting the mobile mammography unit is a great way to help our community with early detection,” said Jay and Rhonda Hatfield and family.
In celebration of the donation and the van’s digital upgrade, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Jay Hatfield Chevrolet Buick, 200 S. East Ave., Columbus. Following the ribbon-cutting, mobile mammography screenings were available in the van, which is based at Mercy Hospital Columbus.
“We are so blessed to have Jay Hatfield Companies join together with us as we bring the service of mobile mammography to our rural communities,” said Angie Saporito, hospital administrator. “By bringing this screening service into areas without access to a mammogram, we are making it easier for women to not only be screened but also to continue lifelong health and wellness.”
Staffed by a female certified mammography technologist, the van offers screenings that are convenient, private and quick, taking only about 15 minutes. The test typically is covered by health insurance. Mercy will help file the claim.
Mammogram images are read by Mercy radiologists at Mercy Breast Center in Joplin. All of Mercy’s breast imaging facilities, including the mobile unit, comply with national quality standards.
The Jay Hatfield group includes dealerships for Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, motorcycles, off-road vehicles and automobility equipment in Columbus, Frontenac, Wichita and Salina in Kansas and Lee’s Summit and Sarcoxie in Missouri.
For more information or to find a location for mobile mammography, call 620-429-2545.