Community celebrates Aspen Valley Hospital
Deborah Breen, President & CEO
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation
With history dating back to 1891 when the Hospital opened its first location at the base of Red Mountain, Aspen Valley Hospital has been a critical partner in the community, serving its residents now for 127 years. Originally constructed to care for injured miners, the Hospital has grown significantly over the years. The most recent growth is a result of foresight by the Hospital’s board of directors who launched an unprecedented Master Facilities Plan (in 2006) which continues to address significant long-standing facility needs. The driving force is to create a patient-care environment that supports today’s technology, privacy and safety standards.
The four-phase construction and modernization project first called for a complete rebuild of the Hospital’s 5-bed maternity unit. Immediately following, the Hospital broke ground on phase two, which houses the remainder of the Hospital’s inpatient beds, including sixteen private rooms for medical/surgical patients, and four Intensive Care Unit beds. That phase also allowed for the completion of new physical and occupational therapy space, a cardiac rehab unit, a new café and kitchen and several on-campus physician offices. Phase three of the project was completed at the end of 2017, and allowed for the construction of state-of-the-art facilities to house emergency, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, oncology/infusion, and surgical services, including three new operating rooms.
The Hospital has its sights set on completing the fourth phase of the Master Facilities Plan. This final phase will connect the newly constructed east and west wings, give the Hospital a true “front door” for ease of accessibility for patients and visitors, and will allow centralized scheduling and admissions. Phase four also includes the creation of the Renée and Lester Crown Center for Specialty Care, which will be a comprehensive multi-specialty care center.
Going hand-in-hand with the construction project has been an extraordinary $60 million capital campaign, which has now reached the $44.1 million mark! Every gift has been inspired by a caring team of professionals who work 24/7, 365 days a year, to ensure life-saving care is available.