Tough Enough to Wear Pink Breast Care Services at Gunnison Valley Health
As a result of the generous support of Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP)
and the vision of legendary songwriter Dean Dillon, Gunnison Valley Health
has expanded 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 has also invested 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 TETWP Breast Care Services.
GVH brought 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.
In the winter of 2016, GVH hired an Oncology Nurse Navigator to assist
with patients undergoing cancer treatment. The nurse navigator walks alongside
patients and assist in any way possible, from providing information on
financial counseling to helping with scheduling. Part of the funding for
the GVH Oncology Nurse Navigator position has been generously provided by TETWP.
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 (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.