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Greater good at stake

Dear Editor:

On July 12, you will be making a decision that will impact the medical care of this community for the next 30 years.

The Master Facilities Plan for Aspen Valley Hospital that has been diligently planned, pursued, and extremely contemplated by our community’s health care professionals is before you for approval. The plan, as you have seen, is well thought out and presented to you with the best efforts of our medical staff and administration who have worked on this for many years.

The proposal includes a medical office building on campus that will improve patient care dramatically by having critical care physicians close to the hospital. Obstetrics, pediatrics, trauma and general surgeons, and intensive care physicians can deliver their services in much more efficient and timely ways. This truly means matters of mortality and morbidity will be negatively impacted if this plan is not approved.

This is a heavy burden for you to consider if this proposal is denied for reasons of personal convenience to a few homeowners. The greater good for many over the next decades is the issue that compels me to write this public letter.

Barry Mink, M.D.

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