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A lot of power at the hospital

WHAT is going on? The Aspen Center for Women’s Health has been taking care of the valley’s women for over 20 years. With over 50 years of combined experience and an estimated patient base of about 2,000, the nurse-midwife services are invaluable to a large cross-section of our community.

The hospital board has the power to decide if the center may hire another OB/GYN doctor and continue to operate, or if the center must close its doors. That is a lot of power!

The hospital committees who advise the board, and ultimately the board, will make a decision which will have a profound effect on the women of this valley.

To the hospital committee members and the hospital board of directors:

?Please listen to, and respect the wishes of the community. Make a decision based on what is best for us, what is fair and just, and not for self-interest, bottom lines or deferring to the closed ranks of doctors.

?For those committee and board members who have a conflict of interest, please do the right thing and recuse yourselves.

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?Agree that both sides of this dispute should be given equal and ample time to present their case. You need to hear all the facts in order to make a fair decision.

?Is it time for a policy review regarding capping the number of doctors allowed in a given specialty? One doctor leaving a practice to set up his own should not force another practice to close.

To the community: If you are concerned, please attend an open meeting of the board at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Aspen Valley Hospital.

Sally S. Faison

Aspen