AVH board will remain the same | AspenTimes.com

AVH board will remain the same

Aspen Times Staff

There will be no election in May for directors on the Aspen Valley Hospital District board, because the only candidates to sign up for the job are the incumbents whose terms are expiring.Three candidates applied for Aspen Valley Hospital’s Board of Directors in response to the district’s recent call for nominations: John Sarpa, John Jellinek and Lee Schumacher. The deadline to submit an application was Friday, Feb. 24.”Had there been more than three candidates for the three directors’ seats, an election would have been held on May 2,” noted AVH Community Relations Director Ginny Dyche. “Since the candidates are uncontested, an election will not occur.””I’m very pleased to have three seasoned directors on the hospital board for another four years,” said hospital CEO Dave Ressler. “They are a highly functional team with a proven track record. I think the lack of other candidates is evidence of the community’s confidence in and support of this board. Continuity will help us maintain our positive momentum as we plan for an exciting future.”Sarpa has served as board president since being elected in 2002.”I’ve enjoyed working with the hospital and am proud of our accomplishments during the last four years,” Sarpa said after learning of the news. “This board is committed to quality health care in a contemporary facility. That requires strong leadership and financial stability. Those are the areas in which we will continue to focus our attention. I believe AVH will become even better than it currently is in the next four years.”Directors are volunteers and serve four-year terms. Others on the board include doctors Greg Balko and Barry Mink, who are two years into their terms.