Crown family ‘gift’ pushes Aspen Valley Hospital campaign past $21 million

Staff report

The boards of directors of Aspen Valley Hospital and the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation have announced the establishment of the Renee and Lester Crown Center for Specialty Care, made possible through a gift from the Crown family.

The new center includes patient services such as cardiology, pain management, urology, pulmonology, neurology and gastroenterology. As community needs evolve, there is flexibility to add additional specialties, according to a foundation statement.

The exact amount of the Crowns’ gift was not disclosed.

It was made by the children, nieces and nephews of Renee and Lester Crown. For decades, the Crowns have supported many nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley, and the gift toward the fundraising campaign benefiting the hospital affirms their commitment to and confidence in Aspen Valley Hospital, the statement said.

The foundation’s mission is to cultivate and manage philanthropic support for the current and future needs of the hospital. The foundation’s immediate focus is to raise $60 million for the completion of the hospital’s modernization and expansion project. With the gift, the Crown family has propelled the capital campaign effort past the $21 million mark, the statement said.

At a small private gathering Saturday, members of the Crown family were recognized by the hospital and foundation boards for their support of the Campaign for Aspen Valley Hospital.

In 2012, Aspen Valley Hospital established the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation to oversee all charitable giving for the hospital for priority programs, enhanced patient-care services, new technologies and facility improvements. For more information, call the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation office at 970-544-1302.