Hospital due for an upgrade
Dear Editor: I have worked at Aspen Valley Hospital since 1973. I worked at the previous facility at the base of Red Mountain and then made the move to Castle Creek Road in 1977. We were so excited to move to the new hospital. While we provided great care in the old building, we really needed a new facility to provide the best care to our patients. Since that time, I have seen a lot of changes in the community: expanded terrain for a better skiing experience, new schools for the kids, Highway 82 was four-laned to handle additional traffic and make the road safer, and employee housing was constructed.Now, it is time, once again, to expand, renovate, and modernize the hospital. The facility is 33 years old. It was designed for inpatients, but over the years our outpatient services have expanded significantly as the field of medicine has changed. As a result, privacy, comfort, and patient-centered care have suffered.In my department – Physical Therapy – exercise equipment is crowded together causing safety concerns, patients share mat tables, privacy is nonexistent, and patients sometimes have to wait for the next available treatment area for their care. Our office – where staff document patient progress, consult with other professionals, and handle the behind-the-scenes aspects of their work – was designed for five people, but it now accommodates 10.Are we proud of the care we provide despite these conditions? Yes, we are. We do our best every day to overcome the challenges of our physical area, but we truly believe our patients deserve better.Just as the ski slopes, schools, roads, and housing have improved, AVH also needs to improve. Please vote YES for 5A and 5B!Jan Alling, P.T.Aspen Valley Hospital
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