ASPEN - The recently constructed new patient wing at Aspen Valley Hospital will be known as the Evelyn H. Lauder Patient Care Pavilion in recognition of a "generous gift" from the Lauder family, the hospital announced Thursday.The contribution, of an amount that was not made public, came from the Lauder Foundation - Leonard & Evelyn Lauder Fund. A dedication ceremony for the pavilion, including 16 private patient rooms and a family waiting area, took place Thursday evening at the hospital.Evelyn Lauder, who died in November 2011, was married to Leonard A. Lauder and was senior vice president of the Este Lauder Cos. She was well known for her dedication to philanthropy, supporting various charitable institutions devoted to health and human services, education and inner-city schools, the environment, women's causes - particularly breast-cancer research - and the arts, the hospital noted in a prepared statement.The Lauder family has been a part of the Aspen community dating back to the 1970s. Leonard Lauder and his sons, William and Gary, his daughter-in-law Laura and his grandchildren are all part-time Aspen residents. Evelyn Lauder's affinity for the outdoors and Aspen's natural beauty is evident in the new patient wing, where a collection of 78 photographs she took over the course of 30 years, mostly in and around Aspen, is now on display. They, too, were donated by the Lauder Foundation.In a prepared statement, Leonard Lauder said, "Evelyn loved Aspen. She first came here in 1956 for the Aspen Music Festival and has had a love affair with Aspen ever since. She was very grateful for the care that she and our entire family received at Aspen Valley Hospital. She had an amazing spirit, inner and outer beauty, and tremendous optimism that were uniquely hers. My family and I could not be more pleased that AVH patients, family and staff will benefit from the personalized care and healing environment that are inspired by Evelyn."The patient-care pavilion is in a new wing of the hospital that is part of its Phase II expansion; the wing also includes oncology/infusion therapy, rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy), the offices of Aspen Orthopaedic Associates and a new cafeteria. The remainder of Phase II, which will be completed in late summer, includes a new intensive-care unit, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and diagnostics, same-day surgery, physician offices and improvements to admissions.The hospital has established the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation to oversee charitable giving and is finalizing preparations for a formal launch of a capital campaign to support the completion of a master plan for facilities that includes two additional phases.In addition to the Lauder Foundation's gift, several other significant donations have been secured; announcements about those gifts will be forthcoming, the hospital said.
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