The long awaited San Juan Cancer Center opened its doors on April 3, 2006, providing state of the art cancer care closer to home for residents of a huge seven county area in southwestern Colorado. The facility is an unqualified success, exceeding projections for the number of patients seen to date and surpassing the expectations of those who enter its doors for treatment. Here, cancer patients and their families have access to the best of both worlds: small town warmth and big city expertise. Personalized care in a friendly, caring atmosphere is coupled with an outstanding, dedicated and experienced staff and state of the art technology. Because of the center’s unique relationship with St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and the University of Colorado Cancer Center there is ready access to additional specialists, clinical trials and protocols usually available only in large metropolitan areas.
A full range of treatment options is offered including consultation and examination, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, cancer counseling and coordination of care. The facility is attractive and peaceful, the atmosphere upbeat and cheerful. Family involvement is encouraged every step of the way. A conference room is available where support groups and classes can meet and there is a library with information on a variety of cancer related subjects. Help is available on everything from looking and feeling better while undergoing treatment to dealing with non-medical aspects of cancer like coping with work and financial issues.
Dr. Robert Kilbourn and Dr. Choon-Kee Lee are the Medical Oncologists and Dr. Kyle Oldroyd is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology. They are joined by oncologists from the University of Colorado Cancer Dr. Madeleine A. Kane and Dr. Michael Glode. All of the physicians are board certified and each has a special area of focus. They are supported by an outstanding staff of chemotherapy nurses, x-ray technicians, dosemitrists, clerical workers, a courier, coordinator and social worker, and wonderful volunteers.
Everyone at SJCC feels that the facility is a crown jewel for a community the size of Montrose and that they are privileged to be a part of it. Often, patients are already friends or family members of the staff. If not, they soon will be. The tenet “what would we do and how would we treat this person if he or she were a member of our own family or a close friend” influences everything done at the center, from patient safety to treatment planning and execution.
Each patient is precious to those who work at the center. Cancer treatment can take months or years and long term relationships and close bonds are formed. The effort to make to make the cancer journey productive, personal and memorable is a heartfelt goal everyone strives for. It is especially meaningful for employees when they encounter patients away from the facility and are greeted with a smile and a hug, because to that patient, they truly are friends and family.
Appointments and referrals for the oncology physicians will be made through the patient's primary care provider.
For more information on the San Juan Cancer Center at Montrose Memorial Hospital please call (Radiation Oncology) 970-497-8000 or (Medical Oncology) 970-240-7242
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