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Vail Society: State of the art care for cancer patients

Betty Ann Woodland
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Society: Ribbon Cutting by Suzy Donahue, Ag Meek, Jack Eck, Patti Hardenbergh and Alec Urquhart.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Ag Meek began the formal piece of an otherwise relaxed affair by thanking the kind “people of Colorado’s Vail Valley who are dedicated to making this a better place to live.”

“This campaign was done under extremely difficult circumstances and I don’t have remind everybody of that,” he said.

“Please don’t,” quipped an onlooker..

Meek added that the man “who made that comment won’t even go to dinner with me anymore.”

“Can’t afford to,” the man joked.

In all seriousness, it is amazing what the Shaw Outreach Team has accomplished. They established a real need and made an important project come to fruition.

“You can’t build a world-class cancer center with just the world-class talent that we have here,” Meek said. “They need the tools to get the job done. And we have that now, thanks to you people. We raised $2.5 million in the space of about 14 months, which paid for the machine that you can see this afternoon and contributed to the installation costs. From us to you, thank you very much.”

Joe Deuschle, vice president of Shaw Regional Cancer Center, said, “I am totally in awe of what has been accomplished here at the Shaw. I was here for the grand opening and I was amazed at what we had at that time. I felt really good about what the Shaw was accomplishing. Now we have a PET/CT scanner, and the Shaw is second to none in the state. The quality of care is state of the art.”

Dr. Patti Hardenbergh gave many glowing remarks in regards to the diligent efforts of the Shaw Outreach Team. She noted that they did a great job with Jack’s Place and the PET/CT scanner campaigns.

Dr. Alec Urquhart said, “One of the reasons that I came up here full-time was because of all the strong community support.”

How wonderful that those patients requiring this type of sophisticated imaging can get what they need here at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center instead of traveling to Denver or Grand Junction.

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