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Cancer Treatment Center in Gunnison Valley

Compassionate Cancer Care

A cancer diagnosis is among the most difficult to receive. Concern, fear, and confusion are just a few of the emotions that come into play; emotions that affect the patient and everyone close to them.

We understand that cancer is a lot to handle. That's why we offer personalized treatment in a calm, supportive, and comfortable setting, right here in Gunnison County.

Chemotherapy Provided Locally

Nothing is easy for cancer patients. As treatment progresses they often experience fatigue and need help getting to and from treatment. Traveling long distances just adds to the burden, particularly in winter, which is one of the reasons why Gunnison Valley Health opened our Cancer Care Center.

Treatments take place in a quiet, private environment and we work to treat each patient as an individual. Simple things, such as arranging treatments at times that work for the patient and their families, and giving cell phone numbers for questions that come up after hours, are just part of how we deliver complete care. Since we work with physicians in other communities, part-time residents can continue therapy during their time in the Gunnison Valley.

Highest Standard of Care from Dedicated Specialists

The Gunnison Valley Health oncology team includes:

  • Paulette Blanchet, M.D.
  • Chuck Turner, Director of Oncology Services
  • Trisha Boulware, Oncology Nurse
  • Amber Long, Nurse Navigator
  • Heidi Coady, Clinic Coordinator

Working as a team, Dr. Blanchet, along with Chuck, Betsy, and Heidi provide care that is individualized and personal. Dr. Blanchet is skilled in the latest cancer treatment protocols and work to spend extra time with patients and their families, offering not only their clinical expertise but their compassion and support.

The Cancer Treatment Center is supported by Chuck Turner, R.N., who is dedicated to serving oncology patients full-time. Chuck is the department director and is certified as an oncology nurse with over 15 years' experience. He is passionate about providing personalized care for patients before, during, and after treatment.

Gunnison Valley Health also offers treatment navigation with Betsy Welsh, a nurse navigator. A cancer diagnosis can be scary, confusing, and lonely. Betsy walks alongside our patients to guide them through their treatment plan, and assist in any way she can to make a patient's experience as smooth and positive as it possibly can be.

Meet Our Cancer Care Team

Paulette Blanchet, M.D.:

  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Statistics
  • University of Louisiania at Lafayette, Master of Business Administration
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center, Internship
  • Louisiana State Medical Center, Residency
  • Louisiana State Medical Center, Fellowship in Hematology/Medical Oncology

Chuck Turner, R.N., BSN, OCN:

  • Western State College
  • Regis University, Denver, CO, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Trisha Boulware, R.N., BA, BSN:

  • State University of New York at Geneseo, NY, Bachelor of Arts
  • Regis University, Denver, CO, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amber Long, R.N., BSN:

  • Western Governor's University, Salt lake City, UT, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Our cancer care team treats multiple types of cancers such as breast, lung, colon, ovarian, prostate, and brain tumors. Gunnison Valley Health oncology also treats blood malignancies such as leukemias, lymphomas, and different kinds of myeloma.

Gunnison Valley Health Cancer Care Center – Gunnison
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-642-4773 | 970-642-4774 (Fax)