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AVH Surgical Grand Rounds lecture series underway with strong start

Dr. Anne Wagner from UCHealth Burn Clinic talks to a full house at the Surgical Grand Rounds lecture at the Hotel Jerome on March 22, 2016.

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Last week, Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation (AVHF) launched the first in a series of talks aimed at giving both clinicians and community members an overview of the latest approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating a cross-section of medical conditions. While the Surgical Grand Rounds lecture series is clinical in nature, it provides leading edge information to a wider, interested audience.

The lecture series is the brainchild of Aspen Valley Hospital’s two general surgeons, Dr. Joe Livengood and Dr. Les Fraser, who see the talks as opportunities to bring the medical community and interested public together around relevant topics. The series features regional experts as well as a panel of local, Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) experts.

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Last Tuesday, Dr. Anne Wagner from UCHealth Burn Clinic kicked off the series with a fascinating lecture titled: “Frostbite: Improving Outcomes.” She spoke about improved techniques, important information for first responders and new treatment options. She had a captive audience at the Hotel Jerome, the lecture series’ sponsor.

“It brought various people together — from doctors, nurses, EMTs, search and rescue folks to the general public. We learned of new treatment options that are cutting-edge and show great promise in saving limbs,” said Dr. Joe Livengood. “Dr. Wagner is working to increase our ability to care for frostbite patients here at AVH with direct communication of the burn surgeons at UCH.”

Dr. Livengood encourages the public to attend upcoming lectures that will be held routinely throughout the year. “Come learn current thinking on relevant conditions, meet your local healthcare experts and learn what’s available right here in our community,” offered Dr. Livengood.

Breast Cancer is the topic for Tuesday, May 24th at the Hotel Jerome. Dr. Fraser will lead the members of the Breast Program at AVH in a discussion of recent advances, trends and coordination of care for patients of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Dr. Livengood welcomes the community’s input and involvement in the hospital. The Surgical Grand Rounds is one way he sees to initiate conversations. He could not have been more thrilled to partner with AVHF on this lecture series, which inspired an anonymous donor to step forward and launch support for the series.

Dr. Barry Mink, a retired physician with AVH and current AVH chairman of the board recalls when grand rounds were a chance for physicians to gather and discuss interesting patient cases. Eventually, guest speakers were brought in and then the general public was invited to join in the last decade.

“AVH is the crown jewel of the community. I’m extremely impressed with the knowledge and methodology of our current physicians and what they provide to our community,” Dr. Mink said.

While he says there are some people who want certain improvements, he thinks it’s the “best small hospital in the country” and feels confident he is leaving the hospital in good hands upon his retirement from the board.

Plan to attend the next surgical grand round that promises a lively discussion on breast health on May 24. Follow us on Facebook for details.

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