“Never give up” is the message written on the side of a purple motor coach where East Texans soon will enter to get breast exams.

It's not a tour bus for a celebrity or a rock star, but it could be. The soft touches and color scheme are meant to create a relaxing atmosphere similar to what you may see at a spa.

The purple motor coach belongs to Christus Trinity Mother Frances Ross Breast Center, and it will start rolling around East Texas on Monday to bring mammography services to women in rural areas where mammograms are not available.

The mobile mammography coach was made possible by the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Foundation Women’s Board through their 2016 A Toast to East Texas event.

“The women’s board raises money that goes directly to women and children’s medical needs in East Texas,” Jion Dietz, 2017 A Toast to East Texas co-chair, said. 

The coach was unveiled and on display for tours at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital during this year’s A Toast to East Texas fundraising kickoff event in the lobby of the heart hospital on Thursday evening.

“It’s going to reach women in areas that won’t make the trip to Tyler for a breast exam,” said Natalie Hanson, mammography compliance coordinator at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Ross Breast Center. “We’re going to be able to go to them and make it quick and convenient for them.”

The coach is equipped with a new full field digital mammography unit that provides a lower dose to the patient and processes images at a faster speed. The high-resolution monitors provide fine detailed images as they are acquired.

“The coach was ordered almost a year ago,” said Lourie Ziegler, manager of Ross Breast Center. “We’ll be able to offer our services to women all over East Texas. They don’t have to come here. We will go to them and provide them the same level of care they would get in our clinic.”

A Toast to East Texas is a series of 10 to 12 parties from mid-April to mid-May. In 2016, the series raised more than $280,000. The funds raised during 2017 will be used for a newly planned pediatric waiting room in the emergency department at Christus Mother Frances hospital - Tyler.

“This past year was a wonderful success, and we are incredibly proud to be carrying this event forward in 2017,” Ms. Dietz said. “The women’s board and the surrounding community are committed to maintaining this effort and to enacting a positive and lasting impact in women’s health care.”


Mobile Mammography coach schedule

Appointments begin each day at 9 a.m. Call 903-531-5433 to book your appointment.

March appointment locations

March 6 -Herrington-Ornelas Health Park

March 7 -Christus Trinity Clinic - Athens

March 8 -Christus Trinity Clinic - Quitman

March 9 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Kilgore

March 10 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Henderson

March 13 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Athens

March 16 - *Net Health Tyler

March 20 - WHC Palestine

March 21 - * Christus Trinity Clinic - Athens

March 22 - * Christus Trinity Clinic - Mineola

March 23 - Shelby County

March 24 - *Christus Trinity Clinic - Henderson

March 28 - *Christus Trinity Clinic - Holly Lake (Hawkins)

March 30 - *Christus Trinity Clinic - Kilgore


April appointment locations

March 3 - Bethesda Health Clinic - Tyler

March 6  - Christus Trinity Clinic - Kilgore

March 7  - West Rusk

March 10 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Athens

March 11  - Disciples Clinic - Athens

March 13  - Christus Trinity Clinic - Mineola

March 14  - Christus Trinity Clinic - Henderson

March 18 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Holly Lake (Hawkins)

March 19 - *Christus Trinity Clinic - Quitman

March 20 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Kilgore

March 24 - *Christus Trinity Clinic - Chandler

March 25 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Athens

March 28 - Christus Trinity Clinic - Henderson

* Denotes events will feature a health fair with additional educational materials, information and consultants.


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