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Atrium Health Navicent Unveils Design for New Mobile Mammography Screening Clinic

Atrium Health Navicent unveiled a rendering today for a new mobile mammography unit set to begin providing care in 2024.

Funded by a congressional spending allocation, the vehicle will allow Atrium Health Navicent to bridge gaps in access to lifesaving screening services in Macon and surrounding rural communities. Instead of patients having to travel to a screening facility, the mobile mammography unit will bring screenings to neighborhoods, workplaces, churches and other convenient locations.

“This mobile screening unit will allow us to reach more women, detecting more cancers early when treatment options are more plentiful,” said Atrium Health Navicent President Delvecchio Finley. “Thanks to U.S. Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock for his support in helping Atrium Health Navicent expand access to these lifesaving screening services.”

For many women, mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ACS recommends that women should begin annual mammography screenings at the age of 40.

Typically, mobile mammogram results are anticipated to be returned within about two business days. If additional screening is needed, patients will be scheduled promptly for a follow-up appointment.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2023, about 297,790 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. In Georgia, it is estimated that there will be about 9,440 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2023, resulting in about 1,400 deaths.

The 35-foot mammogram coach is expected to begin offering care in 2024. Businesses and organizations interested in scheduling a visit are asked to call 478-633-2003.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.

About Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 150,000 team members across 67 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $5 billion in annual community benefits.