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Aspen hospital to present facilities plan

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital will present the master plan for its future expansion and renovation to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dave Ressler, CEO of the hospital, and architect Russ Sedmak will present the facilities plan in the Oden Conference Center at AVH. The facilities plan has been in development for several years; the hospital hopes to break ground in the fall of 2010. Building and site plans, and architectural renderings will be displayed. Ressler and Sedmak will answer questions.

The Aspen City Council gave its conceptual approval of the master facilities plan in May 2009. The final review by the council will occur in the coming months.

“We’d like to present it to the community before going back before the city,” said Ressler in a press release. “It’s been refined, and this is an opportunity for neighbors and other interested parties to see what we’ll be taking to the city for final review.”

The hospital was built in 1977, but health-care delivery has changed significantly since then, according to Ressler. Most notable has been the shift from inpatient to outpatient care, the additional services AVH provides and a greater industry focus on privacy.

“The hospital is in need of an expansion and renovation to accommodate these changes and to have sufficient space to meet the needs of the services we currently provide,” Ressler said.

The first phase of the master facilities plan was completed in the summer of 2008. It included an expansion and renovation of the obstetrics unit, now called the Aspen Birth Center.


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