Aspen Valley Hospital emergency department expansion nears completion |

Aspen Valley Hospital emergency department expansion nears completion

Resnick Family ER
Walk-in patient entrance at The Resnick Family Emergency Department

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Written by Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) is nearing completion of the new emergency department (ED) and great across-the-board enthusiasm is evident. The soon-to-be unveiled Resnick Family Emergency Department has just a few remaining finishing touches before AVH will seek its Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Aspen. The new ED, along with three new operating suites and a new diagnostic imaging center, are all part of the next phase of the hospital’s master facilities plan, and all of these components have been eagerly awaited! AVH will unveil the new wing at an open house on October 29 and the public is invited to tour the new state-of-the-art facilities.

“It’s nothing short of impressive,” says AVH CEO Dave Ressler. “Seeing the vision we shared with the board, planners, staff, and physicians over the years becoming a reality is truly thrilling. I could not be more pleased with how the space is designed, how the departments’ configuration allows for streamlined patient care and patient privacy, and how we are on time and on budget with this critical phase.”

The new ED features 16 private treatment rooms, including a state-of-the- art trauma room, acute care treatment rooms, and several specialty rooms for orthopedics, pediatrics, gynecology, isolation patients, and psychiatric patients. An enlarged family waiting area, a triage station, private physician consultation rooms, and a central nurses station will round out the space. A new ambulance entrance, separate from the walk-in entrance, will facilitate incoming emergency patients and has immediate access to the trauma suite, diagnostic imaging, and the rooftop helipad, should transport be necessary.


  • All private rooms
  • Enlarged trauma suite
  • Room for family and loved ones at the bedside
  • Family waiting area
  • Separate walk-in and ambulance entrances
  • Rooftop helipad
  • Enhanced triage and patient check-in areas
  • Secure patient hold room for psychiatric patients
  • Immediate connectivity to all support services, including imaging,surgery and laboratory

It’s amazing to see what we can do when we all work together. We hope that our community continues to be inspired to support important endeavors like this. Join us as we continue to raise the remaining $22 million to complete the master facilities plan.