Devotion is to quality care |

Devotion is to quality care

This letter is written to clarify perceptions about health-care services in the midvalley.

A decision was recently made to close the Aspen-Basalt Care Clinic (ABCC), Aspen Valley Hospital’s low-income clinic. The ABCC is located at the Midvalley Medical Center in Basalt.

Other medical practices in the building, i.e., Alpine Medical Group, Aspen Valley Pediatrics, All Valley Women’s Care, Aspen Center for Women’s Health, Orthopaedic Associates, Roaring Fork Physical Therapy, and the Ambulatory Surgery Center will continue to operate. They are all separate entities, and the closure of the ABCC is unrelated to those practices.

Currently, Aspen Valley Hospital is in negotiation with Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs. Mountain Family serves about 4,000 medically indigent people per year, including residents of the mid- and upper-valley.

We anticipate a partnership to be finalized in the next few weeks, with subsequent referrals of ABCC patients to Mountain Family. The majority of ABCC patients are mid- or lower-valley residents and will find greater accessibility and more practitioners at Mountain Family. As a result, the health-care needs of these patients will be better met.

A decision has also recently been made to close the Midvalley Pharmacy, also located in the Midvalley Medical Center. Closure of the pharmacy is based on a revenue stream that does not support the expenses associated with operations. Patient prescriptions will be transferred to the pharmacy of the patient’s choice by our pharmacy staff.

Healthcare economics are challenging for both consumers and providers. Aspen Valley Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care in a caring, compassionate, efficient and cost-effective manner. Decisions to close the ABCC and Midvalley Pharmacy are consistent with this commitment.

Aspen Valley Hospital has a long history in the midvalley, and we want to assure the community that they can continue to count on care from the Midvalley Medical Center.

Ginny Dyche, Community Relations Director

Aspen Valley Hospital

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