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Aspen Valley Hospital partners with #1 ranked Hospital for Special Surgery

(l to r) Louis Shapiro, President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery and Dave Ressler, CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital, St Regis Hotel on August 17, 2018.

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

On August 13, the Board of Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) voted unanimously to move forward with an agreement to bring the world-class capabilities of New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to Aspen. This exciting partnership combines the excellence of Aspen's renowned orthopedic group, OrthoAspen, with the #1 orthopedic hospital in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the past nine consecutive years. This clinical affiliation brings new expertise, new protocols and clinical enhancements that will benefit all of our orthopedic patients. It ensures that our community will receive the most advanced orthopedic care available, right here in Aspen.

Along with leadership at AVH, the surgeons at OrthoAspen have been engaged in discussions with HSS for several months, and each has profound respect for HSS's innovation, research and leadership. HSS approached OrthoAspen to pursue this partnership because they believe in the quality of care provided by our orthopedic surgeons and appreciate Aspen's visibility on the world stage.

The partnership is a true co-management relationship that will create a "medical bridge" between HSS in New York and AVH in Aspen. Specifically, the partnership will drive elevated outcomes for orthopedic patients at AVH through clinical knowledge transfer, medical staff development, professional education, research and academic programming, and quality enhancements.

"We are thrilled to partner with Aspen Valley Hospital, an exceptional institution in its own right," said HSS Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director Dr. Todd J. Albert. "Together we will provide an even higher standard of quality to a community with an especially strong appreciation for the value that will come from that."

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As two nonprofit hospitals each with extensive histories serving their respective communities, both HSS and AVH share common values and a commitment to providing the best possible care for our patients and communities. "This partnership is a great example of our different approach to transforming healthcare," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. "Innovative collaboration amongst two organizations committed to excellence in a focused specialty offers an alternative source of value to the trend of mass consolidation and commoditization in healthcare."

On behalf of the entire leadership team at AVH, we are thrilled with the Board's decision to enter into this partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery, and we look forward to keeping our community informed as we pursue this exciting collaboration.