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AVH really needs a shot in the arm

Dear Editor:

I have worked at Aspen Valley Hospital for 23 years and as the director of Cardiopulmonary Rehab since its inception in 1995. When our department opened, most of the hospital services focused on inpatients, and many people wondered if there was truly a need for a Cardiac Rehab department. Not only was there a need, there was an ever-growing demand for our services. We have experienced significant crowding as our patient volumes have increased.

Unfortunately, when the hospital was built in 1977, an increase in outpatient services was not anticipated, so our department resides on the Patient Care Unit. This is obviously not an ideal situation for the recuperating inpatient or the roughly 40 cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients that come through our doors daily. Many other outpatient departments are like ours – overcrowded and located “betwixt and between.”

Cardiopulmonary Rehab desperately needs an update of the facility so we can continue to provide the high quality health care our patients deserve. Our vision is to prevent heart and lung disease by treating high-risk patients with hypertension, obesity, elevated lipids and diabetes. We need more space, it’s that simple.

I urge you to vote yes on Referendum 5A and 5B.

Melody Durham, RN, CCRN

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