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Hospital’s new CEO to focus on trust

Eben Harrell
David Ressler, new CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital, considers instilling trust among the hospital and staff to be among his first orders of business.

Aspen Valley Hospital is one of the best small hospitals in the country and it has a very bright future.So began the first public speech by the hospital’s new CEO yesterday. David Ressler attempted to paint an optimistic picture and rally the morale of an institution only recently recovering from a severe financial crisis.

In the immediate future, he said creating a three- to five-year strategic plan for the hospital should be a top priority. The plan will address many of the issues raised by the hospital board in recent months, including the possibility of a new hospital campus, partnership opportunities with larger institutions, and implementing greater trust in the community and the hospital staff.Ressler said he considers the latter task his personal responsibility as new CEO.”It’s my job to make sure we put together an overall leadership at the administrative levels that instills trust,” he said. “We have to listen, respond, and be available to our staff.”

Ressler, who took over from interim CEO Bob Karp on Sept. 1, presented what he called an “administrative agenda” yesterday that included observations about the hospital he has made in the past three weeks. In the presentation, he outlined what he believes to be the hospital’s strengths and short-term goals.The hospital has the staff, technologies and supportive community in place to be a highly successful institution, Ressler said.He said while the hospital is “not out of the woods” financially, he is confident the fiscal worries will eventually become a thing of the past.

“The community knows we’ve had financial problems. But … a hospital like this will always succeed. If you do the job well financial success will follow.”Ressler said he will initiate the strategic planning process as soon as possible. He also said he anticipates hiring a new chief financial officer in the coming months.Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is

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