On Sept. 10, 2013, Calaway•Young Cancer Center at Valley View celebrates its first-year anniversary with addition of a new medical oncologist and the second annual “Rally the Valley” fundraiser later in the month on Sept. 21.
During its first year, the Calaway•Young Cancer Center realized growth beyond original projections. Several hundred local patients have been treated here with the blessing of remaining close to family and friends during treatment and not having to travel hundreds of miles daily because radiation and chemotherapy treatments are now available locally.
Dr. Armando Armas recently joined Drs. Douglas Rovira and Bruce Greene as the third oncologist at the center. With training at the Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Armas brings more than 20 years of experience caring for patients.
“During radiation and chemotherapy, I was amazed I could have all my treatments done right here. I was equally amazed by all the love and support from the wonderful people in this town and at Valley View Hospital,” said Myka Yellico, a 39-year-old Glenwood Springs mother of four, diagnosed with brain cancer. “It is hard to describe what it is like going through the emotional ups and downs of cancer, but it would be impossible to do it alone.” Yellico is a special needs coordinator in the Roaring Fork School District and values the Walk & Talk Cancer Group at Valley View Hospital along with her family and her church for support.
To raise funds to provide resources and services to support patients at Calaway•Young Cancer Center, the Valley View Hospital Foundation is again hosting the second annual “Rally the Valley” on Sept. 21. Last year the event generated more than $300,000. Funds were used to provide supportive services and resources to patients including more than 1,000 integrative therapy sessions and 150 emergency assistance cards.
In addition to radiation and medical oncology treatments, the cancer center provides:
- Patient navigator, Mary Crann, a new member of the team, identifying and assisting breast cancer patients in overcoming barriers to care.
- Physical Therapy exercise classes two times per week at the hospital. They support patients for a more active and healthy life as well as improved activities of daily living. Nearly 500 patients sessions have been hosted.
- Mindful Movement Classes Yoga and Tai Chi which helps sustain physical fitness, flexibility and reduction of stress and fatigue. More than 400 patient sessions have been hosted.
- Cancer Coffee Walk and Talk, a weekly support group for patients as well as survivors, providing exercise as well as psychosocial interaction. More than 600 patients and survivors sessions have been hosted.
- The social worker has helped over 125 patients with housing, food, fuel and basic needs.
- Integrated Therapy sessions such as massage, healing touch and Acupuncture to help alleviate stress and anxiety and manage the side effects of treatment
About Valley View Hospital
Valley View Hospital is a 78-bed acute care hospital that serves as western Colorado’s premier health care facility. The community-owned hospital consistently ranks among the Top 5% in the nation for outstanding patient care. In addition to recently receiving Outstanding In-Patient Experience and Outstanding Emergency awards from J.D. Power and Associates, the hospital was also recognized by Healthgrades as among just 2 percent in the nation to receive two honors: 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience AwardTM for the fifth year in a row and 2013 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM, first-time recipient. The hospital offers a heart & vascular center and cancer center along with urology and neurosurgical services, advanced pulmonary medicine, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient services, rehabilitation services and a youth recovery center. www.vvh.org
About Rally The Valley
Rally the Valley helps fund the patient’s journey through their treatment and into survivorship. The approach at the Calaway • Young Cancer Center at Valley View is to treat the whole person, not just the disease. There are multiple ways to Rally: 24.5 mile bike ride or 5K walk as an individual, a child or a team; Peyton’s Parade for kids under the age of 13; lunch and party at Sayre Park. For more information about the event, to sponsor, to volunteer or to register, visit: www.rallythevalley.org or call: 970-384-6620.