Aspen hospital CEO gets treated by the competition " Valley View |

Aspen hospital CEO gets treated by the competition " Valley View

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The head of Aspen Valley Hospital grew so ill recently that he relented to the advice of friends and checked himself into the hospital ” Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, that is.

David Ressler, chief executive officer at AVH, reportedly developed kidney stones recently and had to be hospitalized for treatment when they did not pass.

AVH spokeswoman Ginny Dyche acknowledged that Ressler went to Valley View for the treatment, explaining that “we don’t do everything here.”

Ressler, responding to a request for an interview, said the doctor who handled his case happened to be working in Glenwood Springs on the particular weekend day that he needed the attention.

“It wasn’t exactly surgery,” Ressler said, declining to go into details but describing it as “an outpatient procedure” and “a minor urological procedure that was done on the weekend.”

He said the doctor also works at AVH on a rotating schedule, but the schedule had him in Glenwood at that time. He noted that “they probably do more of their procedures down there.”

Ressler had initially checked into AVH before being shipped to Valley View, where he said that the procedure went smoothly and without complications.

“He did a great job,” he said of the doctor’s work. “I wasn’t there very long, but I was very pleased.”

After the surgery, he said, he returned to AVH for his post-operative care and was out of the office for much of last week.

And while he praised the competence and quality of care at Valley View Hospital, Ressler said, “The greater story was the care that I received here [at AVH]. It was an outstanding experience for me.”

It was his first experience of an extended stay in the hospital, he said, and he praised the work of the nurses and staff.

“It was really exciting to watch them in action,” he said, calling it “an affirmation” of the complimentary tales he has been hearing about the hospital’s standards of care.

Ressler returned to work Monday.

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