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AVH mill levy a small price to pay

Dear Editor:

I voted yes for the hospital’s mill levy, and I’m writing this letter to ask others to also support the hospital. My vote boiled down to two things: how I felt about the care provided at AVH, and what it was going to cost my husband and me.

I acknowledge that I have worked at AVH for almost 26 years. Because of that, I probably know the hospital as well or better than anyone. I’ve seen it from the inside, through good times and bad.

I’ve researched its history, and I appreciate that the founding fathers were visionary and created a legacy for care that still exists today. The hospital has always been a source of pride for the community.

I’ve seen staff come in – without being called – to offer assistance during a disaster. I’ve seen them sit down and cry when the best they could do wasn’t enough. I read what patients write on satisfaction surveys, and I know, through the patients’ words, that our staff often has an impact that lasts a lifetime.

I know that 75 volunteers contribute to the work of the hospital week after week because they want to make a difference. I am confident that once again 100 people (mostly employees, but also physicians and community members) will volunteer their time and expertise for our upcoming health fair so you will be able to get free and low-cost screenings.

I am inspired by our nursing, physician and clinical leaders. With a nursing background myself, I recognize that AVH’s most important task at hand is providing patients with the highest quality of care and ensuring their safety while under our roof. I can assure you that we have qualified leaders working on your behalf with knowledge, commitment and ability.

Finally, I have to reflect on my family’s hospital experiences. We have utilized services ranging from lab and imaging to surgery, physical therapy and the ER. Most memorable is the care provided to my father by Dr. Glismann, Dr. Rodman and nurses Amy, Judy and Barrie. My parents were visiting, and my dad, with complex medical problems, needed emergency care. The kindness extended by all – not just to my dad, but also to my mother – far exceeded my expectations. I doubt that any of the staff involved remember my parents, but I am forever grateful for their medical expertise and genuine care.

Admittedly, these are all emotional reasons for my support of the mill levy. But I’m also a realist, so before I cast my vote, I pulled our most recent tax bill and found that less than $100 was designated for the hospital. Just a few dollars a month. How could I even consider anything but a yes vote?

Hopefully, my family won’t need the hospital in the next five years. Either way, it’s a small price to pay for the wonderful services and staff provided by AVH. Please join me in supporting Aspen Valley Hospital.

Ginny Dyche


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