The 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.
Dr. Steven Emmons and Dr. Michael Bergen are the Medical Oncologists and Dr. Kyle Oldroyd is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology. All of our physicians are board-certified and each has a special area of focus. They are supported by an outstanding staff of nurses, radiation therapists, physicists, a dosimetrist, clerical workers, a courier, coordinator and social worker.
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 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.