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Aspen Orthopaedics on the move after 55 years on Main St.

Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times

ASPEN – When the doctors at Aspen Orthopaedic Associates see their first patients Monday morning, it will be the beginning of a new era for the group of local physicians.

After 55 years at its offices on Aspen’s Main Street, Aspen Orthopaedic Associates has moved its Aspen clinic to newly constructed offices at the expanded Aspen Valley Hospital campus.

“We are trying to make sure we can meet the demands of today while continuing to think about the future,” said George Trantow, executive director of Aspen Orthopaedic Associates.

According to Trantow, Aspen Orthopaedic Associates has been considering a move to update and expand its Aspen offices for a while, so “when the opportunity arose to nearly double our square footage, we couldn’t say no,” Trantow said. The Main Street offices are up for lease or sale, he added.

With the move now completed, the practice – which also has offices in Basalt, Glenwood Springs and Rifle – will offer patients better services in a more state-of-the-art facility, Trantow said.

The new 6,800-square-foot space at the hospital campus will have nine exam rooms, three cast rooms and a room for patient education. All told, the new offices will increase Aspen Orthopaedic Associates’ appointment capability by 33 percent. It also offers increased parking.

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“Our facilities were very outdated, and the parking was not ideal,” Trantow said. “We had very limited space – during peak times, many patients would have to go to Basalt because we just couldn’t have enough doctors seeing patients in Aspen.

“Plus, with advances in technology, we physically could not fit all of the equipment we needed.”

Trantow also sees great advantages to being in close proximity to the hospital and its services.

“We can be much more responsive to our patients,” Trantow said. “I think we offer each other a lot of complementary services and equipment.”

And perhaps most important, Trantow said the need for top-notch orthopedic services in Aspen isn’t going to change.

“Many Aspen residents and visitors have been to our offices, and that’s not going away,” he said. “And with the fact that Aspen is graying, everyone seems to need a little more orthopedic care.”

jmcgovern@aspentimes.com