Client Spotlight: Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

October 10, 2012 | 0

Mobile mammography unit serves rural populations in South Dakota.

According to their website, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota first opened its doors in 1897 to begin “providing care and compassion to the sick.” Over 100 years later, they now use “state-of-the-art technology to care for over 120,000 residents in southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska.” Part of that technology includes a mobile mammography clinic from La Boit Specialty Vehicles.

La Boit is a leader in manufacturing mammography vehicles. And during the month of October when everything from cans of soup to NFL football jerseys are adorned with pink ribbons, we remember the true leaders in the fight against breast cancer — the physicians, hospitals, and activists at institutions such as Avera Sacred Heart Hospital who fight 365 days a year against the second deadliest cancer among American women.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital purchased their 26′ mobile digital mammography unit in 2010 to perform digital mammography in rural areas surrounding Yankton. As many studies have suggested, rural populations have more barriers in access to quality health care. And with the the National Cancer Institute recommending that women age 40 or older have screening mammograms every 1 to 2 years, scheduling that regular mammogram can sometimes be a struggle for rural women.

Robin Berke, Radiology Director at Avera, says that their mobile mammography customers have greatly appreciated the fact that they can have access to the latest technology in mammography imaging and don’t have to travel long distances.

“We take the unit to health fairs at various communities and manufacturing plants so that their employees can benefit from not having to take time off of work to have their mammograms,” says Berke.

La Boit excels in building mobile medical clinics with specialized equipment needs like mammography. However, many other factors must be considered other than just the equipment that goes inside, including things such as customer volume, number of staff required, and distance it will travel.

“They worked with the mammography equipment vendor to make sure the equipment fit and had the best lay out,” reports Berke. And they “delivered the unit on time as promised.”

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For more information on the mobile digital mammography clinic, view the Avera website.

About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage in 1981, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward to today, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.

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