Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation Hosts Reception to Celebrate Recently Completed Areas in Hospital |

Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation Hosts Reception to Celebrate Recently Completed Areas in Hospital

(L-R) Dr. Archer Bishop, AVH Foundation Chairman of the Board; Ernie Fyrwald, AVH Foundation Board Member; David Eisenstat, AVH Board Member; Dave Ressler, AVH CEO; Deborah Breen, AVH Foundation President & CEO; John Sarpa, AVH Foundation Chairman Elect; Dr. Jeffrey Friedland, AVH Radiologist.

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On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, over 100 Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) friends, donors, staff, board members and physicians gathered in the hospital’s new west lobby to celebrate the completion of the third phase of the hospital’s four-phase, decade-long master facilities plan.

The reception, held from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., included refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, tours of the new clinical areas, and remarks from Deborah Breen, AVH Foundation’s President & CEO; Dave Ressler, Aspen Valley Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer; and Dr. Jeffrey Friedland, a radiologist on staff at AVH.

Ms. Breen noted the significant accomplishments that have been made possible only as a result of the community’s continued generosity. She also announced the $60 million capital campaign now stands at the $42.6 million mark. Mr. Ressler summarized the areas that have already come online in phases I and II of the project, including the Evelyn H. Lauder Patient Care Pavilion, Birth Center, Intensive Care Unit, Physical/Occupational and Hydro Therapy areas, Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation, new physician offices, and a new kitchen and café. He also highlighted the phase III components being celebrated that evening, which include the Center for Diagnostic Imaging; the new Women’s Imaging Center; The Resnick Family Emergency Department, complete with a trauma treatment suite and rooftop helipad; and a state-of-the-art Surgical Center, which includes three new high-tech operative suites. He also gave a glimpse into what the final phase IV will bring—a centralized patient registration and admissions area and the future home of the Renée and Lester Crown Specialty Care Clinics, which will house many of the physician offices currently on campus, including cardiology, urology, and pain management, as well as other visiting specialists.

As the keynote speaker for the evening, Dr. Friedland detailed the interface AVH has with Radiology Imaging Associates of Colorado (RIA), and how the partnership gives Aspen Valley Hospital both incredible breadth and depth to its radiology services. While AVH has a radiologist onsite full time, the hospital can also leverage any of the over 100 radiology specialists to review images remotely 24/7 and ensure the most specialized expert in any given field of radiology, such as breast or pediatrics, is helping to provide valuable insight and diagnoses. Dr. Friedland also noted the commitment AVH has made to ensure the best technology is available, such as the 64-slice CT, a powerful MRI, and the latest in digital mammography.

Attendees eagerly toured the new areas, marveling at the physical improvements and also taking note of the efficiencies built in to each clinical area that aid in patient flow and staff efficiency. Tour guides credited Heery International, an architectural firm based in Denver, that has worked with the hospital for over a decade and brought great expertise to the design and flow of the entire project. In addition, the quality workmanship was noted, and guides credited Haselden Construction for their incredible work in continuing to deliver master facilities plan improvements on time and on budget. The goal of this project remains to provide new or newly renovated space that supports today’s contemporary standards for patient care.

“Three of the four phases are complete—thanks to so many generous and enthusiastic supporters,” said Breen. “Even though we still need to raise the remaining $17.4 million to reach our unprecedented $60 million goal, it’s important that we take the time to celebrate our significant milestones along the way.”

Aspen Valley Hospital is a 25-bed community hospital located in Aspen, Colorado. It has over 75 board-certified physicians on its medical staff, and manages over 75,000 patient encounters annually, including over 8,000 through the Resnick Family Emergency Department. Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation is the dedicated 501(c)(3), IRS designated organization that oversees all charitable giving to Aspen Valley Hospital for current and future needs. Gifts can be made online at or by mail to Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, 0401 Castle Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611. Gifts can be made by check, credit card, transfer of stock options, bequests and planned giving. To support Foundation efforts, please contact AVHF at 970.544.1302.

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