FAIRFIELD — Sutter Health opened its doors Saturday to uninsured women seeking a mammogram.
After promoting its second annual Free Mammography Day, staff at the Sutter Fairfield Diagnostic Imaging Center on Low Court scheduled 60 patients for Saturday’s free digital screening mammogram, said Terry Henry, diagnostic imaging manager. Staff had seen all but two patients Saturday afternoon, with 20 on a waiting list, she said.
“There’s a real need out there,” said Oncology Nurse Navigator Karen Stillwell, who helps patients follow up on their diagnosis.
Socorro Blanco, of Vallejo, was with her husband waiting for her screening.
“This is a great opportunity for people like me – we don’t have insurance,” she said.
Blanco said her daughter, who works at Sutter Solano Medical Center, pushed her to get the free service.
“She’s the one who did the appointment for me,” she said.
Onsite mammography technicians Saturday administered the screenings, which are read by radiologists then processed for free. Results are promptly reported to the patients, and staff directs the women toward the appropriate services.
“We make sure their needs are met,” Henry said.
The American Cancer Society recommends women over 40 get a mammogram once a year.
“The earlier you detect (cancer), the better their opportunity to get something they know they need to have,” Henry said.
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital spearheaded Free Mammography Days in 2009. In two years, about 70 uninsured women were given free mammograms. Sutter Diagnostic Imaging expanded the program to its locations in Davis, Elk Grove, Roseville and Sacramento in 2011 and Fairfield and Vallejo in 2012. Sutter gave 368 uninsured women free digital screening mammograms last year, according to Sutter Health.
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