Lexington Medical Center has a new, state-of-the-art, mobile mammography van that will travel throughout the Midlands providing mammograms to the community.
Lexington Medical Center will host an open house and tour of the van on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium, 2728 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, S.C.
The new 43-foot van features electric steps with a porch and awning as well as updated modern décor such as hardwood floors, leather seats, a banquette, window treatments and two dressing rooms. The porch makes entering and exiting the van easier for patients and staff, and because it has two dressing rooms, patients are able to move more efficiently. Also, the cab is more open, creating a more comfortable space for patients and technologists.
Importantly, the van provides digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a grain of sand.
The Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary donated the van to Lexington Medical Center. The LMC Foundation will also be supporting the mobile mammography van by funding its maintenance and purchasing items such as a laptop computer for patient registration and a GPS system.
The new van will replace the hospital’s existing one, which has provided quality mammography services for the past 11 years.
“The mobile mammography van will provide the same quality mammography services for women at their work place, which will reduce their time away from work,” says Frankie Haygood, mammography supervisor. The van travels to approximately 84 sites around the Midlands including community medical centers, Lexington Family Practice locations, schools and businesses. Last year, approximately 2,500 patients received mobile mammography services.
The new van is even serving as a benchmark to other health care organizations around the country. Farber, the company that manufactured the van, will feature it at the Radiological Society of North America convention in November.