Aspen hospital links up with cancer centers |

Aspen hospital links up with cancer centers

Rachel Poole
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital has expanded its care for cancer patients by joining forces with two leading cancer centers: Invision Sally Jobe in Denver and Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.

Invision Sally Jobe, which focuses on imaging and breast cancer diagnostics, has collaborated with AVH for several months in preparation of the formal affiliation. It has reviewed and helped update AVH’s processes and technologies, and has worked with AVH mammography and ultrasound technologists.

Invision Sally Jobe radiologists read AVH patients’ mammograms and ultrasounds earlier this summer and will continue to provide this service as part of a larger affiliation with AVH.

Services provided to AVH patients include screening and diagnostic exams and procedures, as well as a risk assessment and prevention program. With the exception of a few specialized diagnostic procedures, all services will be provided at AVH.

“We all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer,” said Dave Ressler, the CEO of AVH. “And we all can relate to the fear and anxiety that person feels. People want the best possible medical care, and most want that care close to home. They want to be where their support system is, where they’re comfortable.”

Shaw Regional Cancer Center provides a broad scope of services including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of most types of cancer, and its philosophy is similar to that of Invision Sally Jobe.

Shaw also operates Joack’s Place, which has overnight accommodations for those who travel to Edwards for care and would like to stay for the duration of their treatment. The center provides a home-like environment for patients and their families.

New to Shaw’s technologies is a PET/CT scanner, which identifies active tumors and helps physicians determine if the treatment is working. Medical specialties represented at Shaw are medical and radiation oncology, pathology, and radiology.

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