Inside the Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center, patients and caregivers find a blue cart adorned with badges of support for cancer awareness, education materials, and comforting items. It is known as the hospitality cart and is updated each month with new items to bring awareness to different forms of cancer and hopefully to show support for those who are affected. The hospitality cart was started back in November with Grand Mesa Oncology staff donating all the items on the cart for the benefit of patients and caregivers.
Theresa Wrich, nurse navigator at Grand Mesa Oncology, says, "We are trying to increase cancer awareness and prevention in a warm, inviting and fun way. Patients and their families are excited to see what's on the cart monthly!"
The hospitality cart brought joy to so many patients and caregivers, oncology manager Nysha Wilson wanted it to continue without relying on the Grand Mesa Oncology team to provide all the items. That is when Wilson turned to the DCMH Foundation. The DCMH Foundation, a 501(c)3, primarily supports the Delta hospital through continued education scholarships, equipment purchases and innovative programs that benefit the communities' access to healthcare.
"When Nysha approached the foundation about funding the hospitality cart, it was a no-brainer. The foundation immediately loved the idea," said Kaitlyn Jones, DCMH Foundation director.
Community members who wish to remain anonymous have also generously shared their knitting and sewing talents by donating hats in every color. The items on the cart include knit hats, keychains, stickers, magnets, and books and literature that can provide support and education.
Wrich describes how the hospitality cart has made an impact in the few months it has been available. "These items and the recognition they provide has empowered the patients and their families in their fight against cancer. It increased their pride and sense of support. It helps them to embrace the idea that they are survivors from the day they are diagnosed, and also provides educational materials."
If you're inspired to donate items for the hospitality cart please contact Theresa Wrich at Grand Mesa Oncology at 970-874-6429 or if you would like to make a monetary donation please contact Jones at the DCMH Foundation 970-399-2610.