Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation hosts 3rd annual Summer Soirée
Written by Deborah Breen, President & CEO
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation
Members of Aspen’s philanthropic community gathered at the Little Nell on July 18th to attend Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation’s 3rd annual Summer Soirée — an event held annually to both honor donors and provide an update on Aspen Valley Hospital’s (AVH) progress. AVH Foundation extended a heartfelt thank you to those in attendance and to every donor for their support of the Hospital. Since the new Foundation’s inception in 2012, they have raised just shy of $40 million to support AVH’s master facilities plan, which is now in its third of four phases.
Dr. Archer Bishop, Chairman of the AVH Foundation Board, opened the evening’s remarks and welcomed all of the incredible friends and supporters present. He also noted the great progress that has been made on both the master facilities plan and the supporting campaign — noting that we are not done yet as the Foundation still has $20 million to raise in order to bring the project to full fruition. AVH CEO, Dave Ressler also presented an overview of the Hospital and the new facilities that have come online as a result of the community’s support, and delivered a strong message of: “This is YOUR community hospital”, which was well received by the crowd of nearly 150.
The keynote speakers of the evening were new AVH physicians, Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Heather Murphy, who specialize in ophthalmology and otolaryngology (ENT), respectively. Husband and wife Drs. Murphy offered enlightening updates on the expanded services they bring to our community and the great investment the Hospital has made in acquiring new technology to support their practices and the new procedures they offer, including CT-guided sinus surgery, facial plastics and reconstructive procedures, and soon-to-come-online cataract surgeries.
The Drs. Murphy most recently hail from Wisconsin where they each had successful and technologically-advanced practices. They are honored to be in Aspen and to bring these much-needed services to our community.
Deborah Breen, AVHF President & CEO, closed the evening with a sincere expression of gratitude to each and every supporter, noting that of the nearly $40 million raised, just 13 people make up $34 million of that. She also highlighted the impact of philanthropy, noting that it has allowed for the expansion of new services, facilities and technology. She further articulated that the final phase of the project rests solely in the hands of our philanthropic community.
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