The St John of God Bendigo BreastScreen service is changing hands. As of Monday January 20, 2014 the service will be operated and managed by Bendigo Health.
The change follows St John of God’s national decision to redirect priorities and cease involvement in imaging services.
“BreastScreen Victoria is pleased to enter into this new partnership and maintain the high quality screening service for women in Bendigo,” said BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore.
Bendigo BreastScreen will continue to operate from its current location next to the St John of God Hospital's main building in St Francis House, corner Lily and Barnard (Chum) Streets.
All Bendigo BreastScreen staff who expressed interest in transferring to Bendigo Health have been re-employed.
“We are very pleased to continue this valuable service for women in the Loddon Mallee region,” said Bendigo Health Chief Medical Officer Andre Nel.
“This new partnership fits directly into Bendigo Health’s vision of Healthy Communities and World Class Healthcare.”
To mark the special occasion, a celebratory event will be held at the Bendigo BreastScreen clinic at 5pm on Monday, January 20.
Local breast cancer survivors Wilma Bitmade, 68, and Myra Potter, 77, will attend the event. Mrs Bitmade was 58 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, while Mrs Potter was 69 when she was diagnosed in 2006. The screening advocates encourage local women to prioritize their health and have a regular breast screen.