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AVH already has great patient care

Fleur Strand
Snowmass Village

I read with some dismay the proposed plan to affiliate the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) with Aspen Valley Hospital in The Aspen Times on Feb. 20.

I am a grateful patient who received a knee replacement 11 years ago at the HSS and a hip replacement last fall at AVH. In both cases, the surgeons involved (Dr. Russell Warren at the HSS and Dr. Tomas Pevny at AVH) were excellent. However, there is no comparison in the quality of care at the two hospitals.

The care at the HHS is impersonal and uncaring whereas that at the AVH is unbelievably good. Every detail that pertains to the patient’s care is there, from the solicitous and well-trained nurses, to the doctor’s daily visits, to the excellent food and beautiful rooms. The physical therapy at AVH is excellent, whereas that at the HSS is appalling. AVH is a gem that must be treasured.

That is why I am especially alarmed by the statement attributed to Dr. Bob Karp that affiliation with the HSS will improve patient care. Patient care is one of AVH’s greatest attributes and the weakest part of the HSS.