AmeriHealth Supports Virtua Health’s New Mobile Health & Cancer Screening Unit to Help Get More Under-resourced Communities Screened.
AmeriHealth has donated to Virtua Health (Virtua) to support its new Mobile Cancer Health & Screening Unit. The mobile unit helps to provide access to cancer screenings and other services in South Jersey communities, where people need them most. This donation aligns with the AmeriHealth commitment to enhance health and well-being and preventative care services in the communities it serves.
Virtua’s 40-foot, state-of-the-art mobile unit operates four days a week and dramatically increases the number of cancer screenings the health system is able to provide. In addition to 3D mammography, the team on the mobile unit offers screenings for cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer, and other services.
“Virtua launched the Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit to reduce health disparities and ensure our community members have broader access to life-saving interventions,” said Bridget LeGrazie, assistant vice president of oncology for Virtua Health. “We strive to be a meaningful and reliable presence in South Jersey neighborhoods.”
The mobile unit’s work directly addresses social determinants of health that impact equitable care. This includes removing the barrier of transportation some patients face and expanding care access, so that cancer and other conditions can be found sooner. Studies show that catching these things early and treating them at an earlier stage can give people a greater chance of survival and a better quality of life.
“We at AmeriHealth have a longstanding commitment to health equity and are so proud to support the work Virtua is doing to close gaps in care and offer better access to health screenings,” said Mike Munoz, Market President of AmeriHealth. “It feels especially poignant during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to bring this mobile unit to members who are in need of mammograms and ensure our focus on preventative care is top of mind.”
“The important, innovative work of the mobile unit is made possible thanks to our generous philanthropic partners,” said Sarah Fawcett-Lee, FAHP, CFRE, Virtua’s senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer. “We are deeply grateful for the generosity and collaboration of AmeriHealth in building healthy communities.”
Read more about Virtua’s Mobile Health & Cancer Screening Unit at virtua.org/mobilescreening.