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Elevating Healthcare in Our Community

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) has been proudly serving the community for over 125 years. Providing high-quality healthcare to the community means delivering that care in state-of-the-art facilities.

In 2006, AVH's Board of Directors approved a master facilities plan (MFP) to address the limitations inherent in a hospital whose core dated back to the 1970s. Advancements in technology, expanded outpatient services, new developments in privacy and safety standards, physician recruitment efforts and a growing demand for services in our community were all driving factors in the Board's decision. (Did you know AVH manages over 75,000 patient encounters in any given year?)

Over the past 12 years, the modernization and expansion of facilities have put nearly every clinical and non-clinical area in new or newly renovated space. All of the Hospital's twenty-five inpatient rooms now support privacy, improved infection prevention and efficiency, and new technologies at the bedside. With sixteen medical/surgical beds, five maternity rooms and four intensive care suites, AVH is equipped to handle a full spectrum of care needs. In addition, the MFP allowed for the expansion and construction of a new emergency/trauma department, diagnostic imaging and women's imaging center, a new operative suite with three state-of-the-art ORs, a cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation center, a center for physical rehabilitative services, an oncology/infusion center, a new diagnostic laboratory, and the addition of several new specialists who now have space on the campus. These improvements have allowed the Hospital to keep pace in the rapidly-changing field of healthcare and meet the growing demands of savvy healthcare consumers.

The new facilities are only half of the story. The investment in these facilities has translated to better patient care. In fact, the Hospital recently received a coveted Five-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. AVH is one of only 337 hospitals of more than 4,000 hospitals nationwide to earn this rating. Also it is the only critical access hospital in Colorado to earn these high marks. AVH is a needed community resource, and is proud of these accomplishments.

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So, what is next? With three of the four phases completed, and nearly $43 million of the $60 million needed raised, we still have work to do. The final phase of the MFP will in essence tie the entire project together. A central entry to the Hospital will offer easily accessible admissions and registration, while also allowing for the creation of the Renée and Lester Crown Center for Specialty Care, where several of the Hospital's specialists will relocate. The final phase will commence once the remaining $17 million is raised – a call to the community to offer their support to this quality-of-life project is supported by AVH Foundation.

To make a gift to Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, contact us at: 970-544-1302 or give online at: supportaspenvalleyhospital.org.