Community members no longer need to leave the Valley for essential breast
care services now that Breast MRI is available at Gunnison Valley Health.
Gunnison Valley Health’s diagnostic radiologist and breast imaging
specialist, Dr. Karien Campbell, said this is the final piece of equipment
needed to complete our comprehensive breast care services.
“After a positive cancer biopsy, Breast MRI provides us with more
detailed information regarding the extent of the disease,” said
Dr. Campbell. “MRI is utilized in conjunction with mammography as
an enhanced screening tool for high risk patients including those individuals
with personal gene mutations and a strong family history of the disease.
Breast MRI is also helpful in problem solving when results from mammography
and breast ultrasound are inconclusive.”
Dr. Campbell remarked, “We are very thankful to Cattlemen’s
Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP). This incredible organization has
provided our hospital with the most advanced equipment so we can deliver
exceptional breast care services to our community.”
Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink Heidi Sherratt said the
extensive breast care services will help a lot of people in the Valley.
“We have come a long way when it comes to breast care services in
the Gunnison Valley,” Sherratt recalls. “Five years ago we
purchased the hospital’s first digital ultrasound machine, two years
later we bought the most advanced 3D mammography machine, last year it
was the biopsy diagnostic equipment and now finally we funded the $146,000
breast MRI coil,” she said.
“Being diagnosed with an abnormality takes a toll on you emotionally
but knowing you can receive all the care you need in one place, without
leaving the Valley, makes it so much easier,” Sherratt confirmed.
Sherratt added the team at Gunnison Valley Health should be commended on
delivering such a high level of care to this community.
“It’s one thing to provide the equipment but you do need a
highly qualified team to deliver the service. Dr. Campbell is very thorough
and her expertise along with the quality of service she provides is superior,”
she said “and supported by the mammography technicians, you know
you are in good hands.”
Gunnison Valley Health’s CEO, Rob Santilli, confirmed his thanks
and appreciation to TETWP for their continued support to help make their
local healthcare system one of the best rural breast care hospitals in
“We strive to deliver the best in breast care services right here
in the Valley,” Santilli said. “We have the highest level
of excellence in physicians and the most advanced equipment,” he
said. “Thank you so much, Heidi Sherratt and the TETWP team, as
we could not have offered these services without your support.”
Gunnison Valley Health is offering a complimentary massage if you schedule
your mammogram on a Monday. For more information on Mammo Mondays and
to make an appointment, please contact Gunnison Valley Health’s
Diagnostic Imaging Department at 970-641-7253.