Since 2006, Hennepin County Medical Center’s Clinical Laboratory and Radiology departments have taken part in an annual “See, Test and Treat” event held at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in Minneapolis. The three-day See, Test and Treat program provides free cervical and breast cancer screening, diagnosis and follow-up for uninsured and underinsured women – all in one visit.
The one-stop model removes barriers that often prevent access to timely disease screening and follow-up, such as lack of child care and transportation. A total of 141 women registered for the event that took place October 6-8, 2015.
During the event, women received a pelvic exam and Pap test to screen for cervical cancer, as well as a mammogram for detection of breast cancer performed by HCMC’s Mobile Mammography unit. Pathologists and radiologists interpreted the results and explained them to patients, as well as provided follow-up information and treatment.“This is an outstanding community event that provides access to screenings that can save lives,” said Dr. Bradley Linzie, chief of lab medicine and pathology at HCMC, who read Pap tests at the event. “I want to recognize my HCMC colleagues in Pathology and Radiology for their continued support for this event that gives back to the community.”
In 2012, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation honored Linzie for his leadership in hosting See, Test and Treat programs at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, working with a team of physicians and health care professionals to provide potentially life-saving screening tests to hundreds of women in the community.