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Photo submitted Grand Mesa Oncology nurses attending a national oncology conference in Denver were (left to right) Theresa Wrich, RN, Kathy Wiley, RN, Louann Drown, RN and manager, and Janet Alberts, RN.

Recently Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center sent four nurses to the annual Oncology Nursing Society Conference in Denver. This is a four-day conference packed with oncology updates, new treatment options, symptom management and leadership sessions. Nurses unite from all over the world to learn about multiple topics in oncology care. Nurses return to work excited and motivated to care for their patients. The result is better care for all patients and a happy, eager staff.

As a rural cancer center, resources are limited and the only way to keep up with cutting edge cancer treatment is by providing continuing education for the health care team. Each year, Grand Mesa Oncology has been fortunate to send staff to national conferences. As a result, the staff has kept up on the ever-changing world of oncology.

For Theresa Wrich, attending the conference ignited a fire to care for her patients more deeply.

"Being able to interact directly with the top research doctors and nurses who launched the initial Opdivo trial was such a unique and wonderful opportunity. I was able to ask questions and get answers directly from the source. It is also reassuring to know that our little clinic is using the same cutting edge treatments as larger institutes."

Kathy Wiley stated, "Learning about new drugs and how the top research hospitals are using them makes it applicable for our nurses to improve the way we are doing things. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for our patients and interacting with other facilities helps us improve our system."

The staff at Grand Mesa Oncology is very grateful for those who have donated to the oncology education fund. This has allowed the staff to keep up with education. If you would like to donate to the Oncology Education Fund through the DCMH Foundation please contact Patti Kalahar at 874-2291.

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