Virtua Health is transforming the way our most vulnerable community members access the resources they need through a simple solution: putting preventive services and support programs on wheels. Our new Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit is the latest addition to Virtua’s growing mobile platform, which also boasts a grocery store, farmers market, and pediatric services unit.
In the spring of 2023 Virtua Health launched a new Mobile Health & Cancer Screening Unit to reduce health disparities and ensure our community members have access to life-saving cancer screenings. Powered by philanthropy, this new addition to our mobile community health platform will improve access to comprehensive health care for at-risk populations as well as bolster prevention and chronic disease management.
Together, we can create a healthier tomorrow!
About the Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit
The Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit is the newest addition to Virtua’s growing mobile health platform, which boasts a grocery store, farmers market, and pediatric services.
Operating four days a week, the 40-foot Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit partners with local businesses, churches, community centers, and more, to host screening events. Our team of clinicians and community health workers provide screenings to men and women with and without insurance. Through Virtua’s NJ CEED program, individuals who are uninsured or underinsured are eligible for free screenings. Additionally, if a patient is diagnosed with cancer, they will be quickly connected to our outstanding Penn Medicine | Virtua Health Cancer Program team for treatment.
The Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit team provides:
- 3D mammography
- Breast exams
- Gynecologic exams
- Pap tests
- Colorectal screenings for men and women
- Prostate exams
With this new unit, we will dramatically increase the number of cancer screenings we provide — from 1,000 screenings in 2022 to more than 6,000 a year going forward. We also expect to quadruple the number of mammograms we provide, from about 760 in 2022 to more than 3,400 a year.
Virtua’s new Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit was made possible thanks to the support of our generous philanthropic partners.
As of May 2023, nearly $1.5 million in donor support has gone toward the purchase of the vehicle, leading-edge 3D mammography system, exam room equipment, mobile health care technology, and a security system. Gifts from our philanthropic partners will also help us maintain and operate the vehicle, as well as ensure we have sufficient resources to reach all our community members in need.
We are pleased to recognize Aetna Better Health of New Jersey as our Lead Founding Partner. We are also grateful to several generous donors who have also joined us to support this initiative with a gift of $100,000 or more:
- The Haines Family Foundation
- Ott’s Restaurants: Berlin • Washington Twp. • Medford
- Virtua Health Medical Staff South
We hope you will consider joining us in this exciting venture and help us save even more lives through early cancer detection!
Notes of Gratitude
“I consider myself luckier than a lot of people. My breast cancer was caught much sooner thanks to Virtua’s free screening program and community health worker Maria. Maria’s outreach saved my life — she was my angel in disguise!”
— Linda Curlis
Grateful Patient, NJ CEED Program at Virtua
Interested in hosting a screening event?
The mobile unit visits local businesses, places of worship, and community centers to provide convenient access to potentially life-saving screenings. Our team travels to locations in Camden County, Burlington County, and portions of Gloucester County. There is no fee to host the mobile unit.
If your company or group is interested in hosting, can recruit at least 20 individuals for screening, and provide an appropriate space, our team would love to connect. To ensure the best experience for everyone, there are some requirements for host locations.
Please click to review the requirements and submit an application. If you have questions, please call 856-247-7375.