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AVH is ready for an upgrade

Dear Editor:

I am writing to urge City Council’s approval of Phase II of Aspen Valley Hospital’s master facilities plan (MFP).

For the past four years, I have served on the MFP community advisory committee. Through the course of our exposure to the various phases of development and well-considered and comprehensive planning processes, a compelling case was made for why our community needs a state-of-the-art hospital. There is no question that the benefits of a right-sized hospital outweigh the few impacts. Moreover, the project team has worked very hard with AVH’s neighbors to address their concerns.

Over the years, our family has had both in- and out-patient experiences at AVH. The care provided by the physicians and staff at AVH is excellent, but the existing facility is antiquated and does not adequately allow for patient privacy and comfort.

Our community needs an updated hospital creating greater efficiencies and medical office space on site. Most hospital campuses around the country include medical office space. It has become the industry norm in health care, allowing doctors to respond more quickly to patients.

Having a modernized hospital is as important to us as having excellent schools and recreational activities.

I fully support the hospital MFP, and I hope you will too.

Bobbie Burkley


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