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Lower Bucks Hospital and Health Partners Plans (HPP) Offered Mammograms to Bucks County Residents
Bristol, PA (October 30, 2023) — Lower Bucks Hospital and Health Partners Plans (HPP) partnered to offer mammograms to Health Partner Medicaid Plan members in Bucks County.
The initiative was kicked off by Tracy Swift-Merrick, Community Engagement Liaison with Health Partners Plans, and current employees at Lower Bucks Hospital. According to Swift-Merrick, this is the first time HPP has partnered with a hospital in the Bucks County area for the mammogram initiative.
“We were thrilled to partner with Health Partners Plans for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Michael Mignone, RT, Radiology Director of Lower Bucks Hospital. “The event allowed members to have the ability to access life-saving health care, which will ultimately lead to better health outcomes.”
Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization serving Pennsylvania residents. They offer Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plans that include special benefits to improve the health and wellness of their members. In November 2021, Jefferson Health became the sole owner of Health Partners Plans.
This is Lower Bucks Hospital’s first time teaming up with Health Partners Plans. During the screening, there were 18 Health Partners Plans’ members who were signed up, and they were called and confirmed for their appointments before the event. If members were unable to attend, Health Partners Plans ended up rescheduling an appointment with their own physician. The event also featured information, giveaways, and education for their members.
“This was a great event. The stories of the women that attended were inspirational and thought provoking to say the least,” said Swift-Merrick. “Everyone involved, including myself, thought it was a great success. Thanks again for all that you do.”
Health Partners Plans’ vision is to connect with the hearts and minds of those they serve, by improving the health outcomes for members, operating with respect and dignity, while cultivating inclusivity and belonging.
Mignone added, “Thank you to Health Partners for this initiative and their continued efforts to enhance lives throughout our communities.”
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in the United States and it is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer among women. The American Cancer Society recommends women start getting mammograms at the age of 40. However, depending on family history and genetic risk, physicians may recommend mammograms at an earlier age for some women.
About Lower Bucks Hospital: Lower Bucks Hospital is a community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks County region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Located in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable medical staff, including cardiology, orthopedics, radiology, wound care, and general surgery. The hospital has more than 200 physicians on staff, as well as another 700 employees. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.
About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit www.primehealthcare.com
About Health Partners Plans: Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed health care organization serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, HPP provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners (Medicaid), KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) and Health Partners Medicare. HPP has been building healthier lives and stronger communities since its founding more than 35 years ago.