Aspen hospital gets $1 million from local medical foundation |

Aspen hospital gets $1 million from local medical foundation

Aspen Times Staff Report

More than $1.18 million dollars in grants has been handed out since the beginning of the year by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.

Of the $1,183,239 that has been handed out to local health and human services agencies, Aspen Valley Hospital has been the top recipient, receiving $1,044,924, according to the foundation.

Community agencies and organizations have received $117,280 from the foundation, while another $21,035 has been given as scholarships and as dental, prescription and emergency medical help to local individuals.

Of the money granted to AVH, $600,000 will go toward establishing a highly sophisticated new system for diagnostic imaging. This new radiography will make it possible for medical workers to have immediate and easily readable images.

The images can quickly be compared with earlier images and can be transmitted throughout the hospital and over the Internet to other physicians. The system will result in cost savings and efficiency for the hospital, eliminating the need for storage of thousands of films, according to hospital officials.

The foundation also granted $300,000 for general operations, including patient care and support, continuing education, training, recruitment and development. Another $144,924 will go toward other hospital programs, services and equipment and scholarships.

The $117,280 for community organizations was split up among Aspen Counseling Center, Aspen High School Community Service Club, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, Columbine Home Health, Community Health Services, Response, Roaring Fork Hospice, Snowmass-Wildcat Firefighters Association and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.

The $21,035 has assisted more than 100 medical and rescue professionals throughout the valley.

Aspen Valley Medical Foundation’s funding comes from individuals, businesses, organizations and families. The foundation was formed in 1973 to support AVH and local nonprofit agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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