The Chi Memorial mobile health bus aims to reduce barriers women face in getting mammograms. (Photo: MaryEllen Locher Breast Center)

A CHI Memorial health coach will be at Patten Towers later this month to provide mammogram screenings to local residents.

People with breasts should have at least one mammogram between ages 35 and 40 and should have one per year after 40. People who meet these age guidelines and have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months may participate with or without insurance.

Those with insurance should bring their insurance card and photo ID, such as a driver’s license. The staff will file insurance for the patient. Those without insurance may qualify for financial assistance. People should also know their doctor’s first and last name.

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Partnerships with Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program and the Susan G. Komen Foundation provide eligible uninsured and under-insured women with breast and cervical screenings.

If an abnormality is discovered, diagnostic will be covered by these organizations. They will also help create a financial plan for follow-up care.

Those interested in a screening should call 423-495-4040 or 866-591-2254. Patten Towers is located at 1 E. 11th St.

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