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Breast health center, cancer care get new homes at Yampa Valley Medical Center

Teresa Ristow
The Jan Bishop Cancer Center is taking shape at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell

— A revamped home for Yampa Valley Medical Center’s breast health center and a new cancer care center are among the latest updates to the expanding hospital campus in Steamboat Springs.

Two years after the opening of the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center, staff members are eager to spread their wings in a newly renovated area of YVMC.

The new center is inside YVMC’s outpatient pavilion — the old Doak Walker Care Center — and opens for patients Nov. 29.

Breast health center staff members are enthusiastic about the move, which will put the center adjacent to the recently opened YampaCare for Women.

“We are very tight on space upstairs,” said Mary Jo Wiedel, director of imaging for the center. “When we moved (into the current center), we always knew it was going to be a transitional space. We had no room to grow upstairs.”

The newly renovated breast health center will share an open lobby area with YampaCare for Women, and both are part of the nearly completed Outpatient Pavilion on the east side of the hospital campus.

Among the perks of the new space is a dedicated consultation room big enough for a patient, her family, doctors and a patient’s nurse navigator.

“Room sizes themselves are a lot bigger, and I think people will notice that,” said Lindsay Jacox, supervisor of imaging.

Like the current breast health center, the facility’s design will incorporate cool lighting and have a spa-like feel.

“We really want it to feel like a spa or a home — we want people to be confortable,” Jacox said.

While patients and doctors hope every screening mammogram comes back negative, in the event that women are facing breast cancer, their upcoming cancer care could take place in the nearly complete Jan Bishop Cancer Care Center next door.

The center is taking shape on the second floor of a new 14,000-square-foot hospital addition, and it will put chemotherapy treatment, nutritional care, acupuncture and other cancer-related services under the same roof.

“It’s a home for cancer care,” said Heather Rose, manager of marketing and communications for YVMC.

Also planned as part of the cancer center is a new informal boutique, which would allow women facing breast cancer to pick up donated scarves or wigs at no charge.

The cancer care center is expected to open to patients Feb. 1.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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