Access to preventive screenings and health services remains a barrier for many men and women across the nation and in South Jersey. As a result, opportunities for detecting cancer and other chronic diseases early are often missed and left untreated. It is well established that early detection of cancer through routine screening improves survival.
In April 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.
Virtua’s Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit travels to local businesses, places of worship, and community centers across Burlington County, Camden County, and parts of Gloucester County, to provide convenient access to potentially life-saving screenings. The unit is staffed by a board-certified clinician, technologist, and coordinator who provide onsite screenings and health education. Virtua’s dedicated team of community health workers support the unit through various outreach and community engagement efforts.
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
Additional community health services that this program will soon provide include communicable disease testing (such as COVID-19); vaccination drives; screenings for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension; general health education and prevention services; and rapid response to public health crises.
Virtua’s new Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit was made possible, in part, thanks to the support of many generous philanthropic partners.
The new vehicle will cost $1 million, including purchase of the vehicle, a 3D mammography system, exam room equipment, mobile health care technology, and a security system. Gifts from our philanthropic partners will help us purchase, 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 for their generous support of Virtua’s new Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit. We are also grateful to all of our generous donors who have already joined us to support this exciting initiative with a gift of $10,000 or more.
Aegis Property Group
Randolph B. Deger, MD
Epic Systems Corporation
Haines Family Foundation
Ott’s Restaurants: Berlin • Washington Township • Medford
Surgical Care Affiliates
Surgical Center of South Jersey
TD Charitable Foundation
Virtua Health Medical Staff South
Elaine L. Waxman
We hope you will consider joining us in this exciting venture, and help us save lives through early cancer detection!
Notes of Gratitude
“Your program is so important. You saved my life! Without the free screening, my cancer wouldn’t have been detected because I couldn’t afford the tests. Thank you!”
— Grateful Patient
Virtua’s Mobile Mammography Program (NJCEED)