Aspen medical group details grants to AVH |

Aspen medical group details grants to AVH

Aspen Times Staff

A new machine at Aspen Valley Hospital that measures lung capacity and pulmonary functions is among the services and equipment to be funded by the latest round of grants from the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.The grants were announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the foundation’s board of directors. The foundation’s grants committee meets quarterly with AVH officials to review the hospital’s financial position and its greatest needs for medical and capital equipment, patient care-related programs and services, and staff and physician recruitment and retention.This quarter’s grants include:•$37,000 for the new machine which measures lung capacity and pulmonary functions. A portion of the grant will be paid from the remaining funds of the Nancy Davis Fund, which was established in 1994.•$19,000 for a new, improved, potentially life-saving medical alert system for residents of Castle Creek Terrace, an assisted-living facility owned and operated by Aspen Valley Hospital. A major portion of this grant is made possible by a gift from Stewart and Lynda Resnick.•$46,000 to continue the staff position of the breast health coordinator, who assists women through the process of mammography testing, analysis, and diagnosis and treatment. Evelyn and Leonard Lauder have committed funds to help sustain this position for at least the first three years.•$16,344 to lease a new, state-of-the-art bone density machine with highly sophisticated capabilities, including measuring the percentages of lean muscle mass and body fat.This year, the foundation has granted $352,944 to the hospital. Previously, funds were provided to lease two new, state-of-the-art X-ray machines at a cost of $156,000 per year for two years; a new patient monitoring system throughout AVH was funded at $78,000 per year for two and a half years ($196,500). In addition, the Louis and Harold Price Foundation contributed $50,000 toward the purpose of funding the monitoring system in the emergency room at AVH.