Glenwood’s Cancer Resource Center a first on Western Slope
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Cancer treatment centers, such as the one at Valley View Hospital, have come a long way from the sterile, clinical-looking hospital oncology departments of the past.
“These facilities are becoming more welcoming to cancer patients and their families, and this is one of the best that I have seen,” Jeannette Minitti, vice president of the American Cancer Society for the region, including Colorado and Wyoming, said at a Thursday night grand opening for the new Cancer Resource Center at Valley View.
The resource center, a collaboration between the Cancer Society and VVH, is the 10th such center in the region and the first one on Colorado’s Western Slope, Minitti said.
Valley View’s plans to establish a new 30,000 square-foot Cancer Center in the next phase of construction planned for later this year was also a big reason for establishing the resource center in Glenwood Springs, she said.
“It is truly one of the most unique and direct impacts in the area of supporting cancer patients, with the goal of providing reliable, timely and consistent information,” she said.
The resource center aims to provide understandable information to newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families or caregivers.
In addition to the latest materials put out by the American Cancer Society, it also includes information about local support organizations to help cancer patients with a variety of needs.
“I think it’s especially important to have a presence in the Roaring Fork Valley, because rural areas often have the most need,” Minitti said.
Barbara Tanaka is chair person of the volunteer-run Cancer Resource Center, as well as a cancer survivor herself.
“To me, the resource center is a place that lets cancer patients know they don’t have to do it alone,” she said at Thursday’s event.
The Cancer Resource Center continues to need volunteers to help staff the information desk and direct people to services. If interested, contact Tanaka at (970) 618-7521 or promotions chair Brenda Grumley, at (970) 230-0477.
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