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Cancer center adds new leadership

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EDWARDS — Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Stacy Toyama as vice president of Shaw Regional Cancer Center, located on the Edwards Medical Campus. Toyama brings more than 14 years of experience in cancer care to the center.

“We are pleased to welcome Stacy and her family to Eagle County and the VVMC team,” Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner said. “Stacy’s proven success in leadership and her vision for high quality, local cancer care align with the hospital’s mission to provide superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes.”

Toyama joins the community from Appleton, Wisconsin, where she was the vice president of cancer care at ThedaCare, a healthcare system of seven hospitals and part of the Mayo Clinic Network. There, Toyama was responsible for providing strategic oversight and leadership and was instrumental in the development and design of a $44 million, 84,000 square foot regional cancer center and new hematology and oncology services.

Impressive resume

Prior to her time at ThedaCare, Toyama worked at Presence Health, Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL; US Oncology/Hematology-Oncology Associates of Illinois, also in Chicago; and US Oncology/Kansas City Cancer Center in Overland Park, Kansas. She has experience as a patient service representative and financial counselor.

Toyama is the vice president of the board of directors for the Audible Odyssey; a delegate member for the Association of Cancer Executives and Association of Community Cancer Centers; and a member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, American College of Healthcare Executives, Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators and more.

 “People just don’t work in the cancer field, they get called to it,” Toyama said.

Toyama said she was drawn to Shaw by its comprehensive suite of services and its goal of empowering patients to not only survive, but thrive.

“Whether it’s the world-renowned Jack’s Place, the Spirit of Survival program or the state-of-the-art imaging services available, Shaw Cancer Center has tuned into the intricacies of what individuals with cancer face as they learn to steady themselves post-diagnosis and beyond,” Toyama said. “It is an honor to step into the role of vice president and to lead a program that has become a legacy in the region and beyond.”

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