Aspen Valley Hospital connects to community at Saturday Farmer’s Market

Local photographer Steve Mundinger tries his luck at the prize wheel

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

I always look forward to the one Saturday each year that my foundation team and I set up at the Aspen Saturday Market. We get to meet and greet, provide information about the hospital and the foundation, and update everyone on all the great progress underway. As we see people strolling through the streets (with their dogs and even two alpacas!), visiting the many terrific vendors on display, it really makes you appreciate this wonderful community we get to call home.

And last Saturday was no different. So many locals and visitors alike stopped by to spin our prize wheel, and we were delighted to pass out some small trinkets just to show our appreciation. Aspen Valley Hospital is all about being part of the community, and there is no better place than the Saturday Market to understand what that is all about.

So many terrific conversations were happening all day: from people telling us about how the hospital has saved their lives or the lives of a loved one, to those who are very excited about all of the construction progress underway, to locals sharing stories of when they worked at the hospital in years gone by. The connectivity of the hospital to the community is long lasting and far-reaching.

My team and I spent a lot of time with market-goers showing them our blueprints and explaining the current construction progress underway and how it will enhance services at the hospital. We talked about the timeline and how, in just about a year from now, we will open the doors on improved facilities including emergency services, diagnostic imaging and surgery. The excitement level was palpable. It was really fun to be out and about and to share the stories with our community.

To everyone who stopped by and said hello, we thank you. We truly enjoyed meeting you and it was an honor to be here and to personally share our story. Thank you, also, to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association for once again welcoming us to be part of the market.