23 Jun 2016 02:58:29 MDT Written by: Administration

Montrose Memorial Hospital Starts Conversation on Women’s Cancer Concerns

Montrose Memorial Hospital Starts Conversation on Women’s Cancer Concerns

MONTROSE, CO: Montrose Memorial Hospital will lead a program to study the prevalence of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers in local women.

Called an “environmental scan,” the research will help the hospital better understand issues relating to breast, cervical and colorectal cancers for the approximately 25,000 women who live in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Comprised of informational interviews with area healthcare providers and local residents, the process will allow the hospital to explore available resources and recommend evidence-based interventions to increase cancer screenings.

“Our primary concern is the health of people in our region,” said Steve Hannah, MHA, CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital. “If we can better understand the complexities surrounding this issue, it will enable us to lead our community to healthier outcomes.”

The region has been identified as one with major health concerns for women. In addition to having a higher death rate in these counties than for the state of Colorado as a whole, the region also has been identified with having the lowest screening rates in Colorado.

“Cancer screening rates are a significant challenge for the health of our region,” said Joyce Beck, COO of Montrose Memorial Hospital. “We want to understand this issue and do what we can to help women get the care they need.”

The research is funded by a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Women’s Wellness Connection. The hospital will report its findings and provide recommendations on how to increase cancer screenings with the affected demographic in hopes of providing a path to better health outcomes.

Members of these communities will be invited to participate in community conversations and are encouraged to visit in the coming weeks to find a location near them.

About Montrose Memorial Hospital (

Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service, San Juan Cancer Center and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 600 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties. The hospital has received patient satisfaction ratings exceeding 90% since 2010. 

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