Foundation issues grants to AVH |

Foundation issues grants to AVH

Aspen Times Staff

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation recently finalized around $325,475 in grants to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to a news release from the foundation. The money will allow AVH to purchase a fetal monitoring system, equipment for chemotherapy, and continue a lease for two new X-ray machines for the Diagnostic Imaging Department.The medical foundation issues grants to the hospital four times a year, and once a year to local community health and human service organizations. Last year it granted a total of $833,000 to meet the growing health and human service needs in the community.”The willingness of AVMF to step up and acquire these capital items for AVH is greatly appreciated,” Aspen Valley Hospital CEO David Ressler said. “It’s an example of how AVMF continues to support this community and its hospital, and the hospital in turn assures the community the highest level of care.”The Central Fetal Monitoring/Surveillance Archiving System is the latest technology in monitoring the status of both a child and mother in the hospital prior to delivery. The new equipment allows the nurses and physicians to observe in real time the mother’s and baby’s progress from anywhere in the hospital and at other sites, such as the physician’s office or home. “This equipment allows for all eyes on mom and baby,” nurse Cheryl Hefferan said. “It’s remarkable.”The chemotherapy equipment, a Dual Chamber IV Preparation Hood, will be used for preparing sterile IV solutions and chemotherapy drugs. The new hood will protect staff while preparing toxic chemotherapy drugs and will meet new infection control standards, thereby protecting the health and safety of AVH patients and staff.David Hollander, director of diagnostic imaging at AVH, said the foundation’s grant to the Diagnostic Imaging Department will continue to allow the hospital to maintain state-of-the-art X-ray and examination equipment.”Radiologists visit us from all over the country and are always blown away with our equipment,” he said. “We are undoubtedly the best-equipped radiology department for any Level III trauma center in the country. It’s an absolute fact.”

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