Aspen hospital to own Snowmass Clinic
November 16, 2009
ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital will buy out its partners in the Snowmass Clinic and become the sole owner of the facility.
The hospital’s board of directors approved the $120,000 buyout last week. The hospital was already the majority owner in the facility; a group of orthopaedic surgeons associated with Aspen Orthopaedic Associates owned a 20 percent share. The two entities purchased the clinic two years ago, according to David Ressler, the hospital’s CEO.
The clinic, located slopeside on Fanny Hill at Snowmass, functions as an urgent-care clinic during the ski season, handling skiing and snowboarding injuries and seeing walk-in patients – generally visitors staying at the resort, Ressler said. It is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the ski season.
“We just thought it would be easier if it was a department of the hospital, basically for staffing, buying products …,” Ressler said.
The clinic isn’t a profit-making venture, but breaks even, more or less, he said. It’s the hospital’s desire to have a presence in Snowmass Village, just as it does in Basalt with its After-Hours Clinic.
“The reason we’re involved is because it serves our mission,” Ressler said.