Gunnison Valley Hospital

GVH Foundation Programs

The GVH Foundation and its community partners support a number of programs that promote local healthcare in the Gunnison Valley:

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Great things are happening at Gunnison Valley Health.  We are excited to announce the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Breast Care Services” at GVH.   As a result of the generous support of Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) and the vision of Dean Dillon, Gunnison Valley Health is expanding services so our patients can receive more of the care they need, right here in the Valley.   In addition to digital mammography, patients can receive further detection and diagnosis with ultrasound, biopsies conducted, and much of their oncology and rehabilitation here at home, preventing the need to travel to other hospitals.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink has generously donated the major equipment that makes these expanded services possible.  In addition to the digital mammography machine they donated, TETWP purchased the latest in ultrasound technology for the health system this year.    Following an abnormal mammogram, the ultrasound technology provides a clearer picture of breast tissue, and a more accurate diagnosis without delay.  In the first month of utilizing the ultrasound, three women were able to have their mammogram followed up with ultrasound, giving them a definite answer and relieving concern. 

Gunnison Valley Health is investing in this commitment with TETWP.  In the summer of 2014, GVH hired Dr. Stephania Timothy, a general surgeon, who provides expertise in breast cancer and breast care and prevention.  Dr. Timothy provides medical direction for the TETWP Breast Care Services and women’s care involving TETWP.   GVH is bringing in vacuum assisted and stereotactic technology, which works with the ultrasound to provide better, more exact tissue sampling and more accurate pathology reports.  Additionally, GVH has purchased a computer aided system that better detects issues in women with dense breasts.  Mammography alone proves only  50% effective in detecting issues in these patients.  This technology will increase our detection ability for patients with dense breast tissue, who are twice as likely to develop breast cancer. 

Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and the equipment they have generously donated, allows GVH to expand the services we can provide to our patients.  The TETWP Breast Care Services, the GVH Oncology Services and Rehabilitation Department, together allow us to provide greater health care to our community in the Gunnison Valley and our visitors.  And we will continue to grow!  The goal of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink collaboration with Gunnison Valley Health, says Dean Dillon, is for GVH to “become the best small hospital in the country for breast care and breast cancer care.”  Thanks to the generosity of TETWP and the commitment of GVH we are on our way. 

Tough Enough to Wear Pink hosts two summer events that support this program.   The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Concert, at Mountaineer Square, is Tuesday, July 7th.  This year, the concert features country music legends Tim Nichols, Jeffrey Steele and, of course, Dean Dillon.  This year is Dean’s tenth anniversary leading Tough Enough to Wear Pink.  Cattlemen’s Days, Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo, held at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds, is July 9th.   
Tough Enought to Wear Pink Partnership: 

Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) generously supports healthcare in the Gunnison Valley by partnering with GVH to offer financial assistance for mammograms. Residents of Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties (Lake City) whose doctors have recommended mammograms can benefit from TETWP assistance.

First, patients must visit their healthcare provider (patients without a regular health care provider may contact the Public Health offices, who will refer them to a physician). If the physician determines the need for a mammogram, he or she will fill out an order (or prescription) for a mammogram. Patients may then take the orderto Patient Financial Services at Gunnison Valley Health, who will provide vouchers for those in need.   

Please note that qualifying for a mammogram or diagnostic breast imaging service is at the physician’s discretion. Your physician will factor age, family history, and personal history into his or her decision. Vouchers will only be given to patients with a doctor's prescription.

City Market Cares

You can support healthcare in the Gunnison Valley just by picking up the groceries. City Market regularly contributes to local communities when customers register their Value Cards with their favorite local nonprofit. Just assign your Value Card to Gunnison Valley Health Foundation, and City Market will donate a percentage of your purchases back to the Foundation on a quarterly basis. It costs nothing, and there will be no change in your fuel point collection.

Raise funds for GVH by using your City Market Value Card!
Register your  12 digit Value Card number and City Market will give back to GVH every time you use it

Go to:
Follow the steps to “Enroll Now” register your card, and make sure to designate Gunnison Valley Health as your Community Awards recipient.