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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) Foundation and the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) grant program have curated a cancer awareness exhibit now on display at HRRMC.

The exhibit features four women who have had life-saving measures performed after finding cancer during their preventative health screenings. These women live locally and openly shared their stories to advocate for the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. The exhibit is on display on the first floor of the hospital, between the Emergency Department and Imaging/Laboratory waiting areas.

“The Women’s Wellness Connection program creates awareness and access to preventative health and cancer screenings,” said Melanie Critelli, WWC Community Health Worker. “Our service region is geographically isolated, which can create barriers to women accessing annual care. Insurance coverage and cost can create additional obstacles. Our program works to support women financially and emotionally to access these critical appointments.”

WWC program is grant funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). WWC offers free cervical cancer screenings/PAP tests and breast cancer screenings/mammograms for qualifying women. Eligible participants are women between the ages of 21-64 years old, living within a specific income level, and who are uninsured or underinsured. Funding for women living in Chaffee, Lake, Western Fremont, Park, Custer, and Saguache Counties is now available.

More in-depth information including guidelines and enrollment information are available on the Women’s Wellness pages on the hospital website.

For questions about the enrollment process or to talk with someone directly, contact WWC Community Health Worker Melanie Critelli at or 719-530-1065.