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AVH candidates to discuss issues

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Aspen Times Staff Report

The four candidates vying for the two open seats on the Aspen Valley Hospital board will state their platforms at a forum at The Aspen Institute on Monday.

Dr. Barry Mink, Dr. Richard Jacobs, Dr. Greg Balko and incumbent Bob D’Alessio will deliver a brief prepared statement and field questions from a moderator and the audience.

The Aspen Valley Hospital board governs all aspects of the operation and management of the hospital, which is funded in part by a public mill levy in Aspen’s hospital taxing district.

AVH has found itself in crisis recently, announcing earlier this month that it was forced to write off nearly $12 million in uncollected bills due to shoddy billing practices and poor management. Last week, citing budgetary concerns, the hospital laid off 34 employees.

Candidates will likely be asked to address the current financial crisis and offer thoughts on its possible resolution.

The panel dialogue will be moderated by Virginia Newton, director of Roaring Fork Leadership, and Jake Mascotte, a retired executive and Aspen resident.

The forum is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium.


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