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ASPEN ” The Aspen Young Professionals Association will present a panel discussion, “Aspen Businesswomen Share Their Secrets for Success,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Crystal Palace Grille in Aspen.

Panelists include Amy Margerum, the Aspen Institute; Carrie Wells, Coldwell Banker; Cari Kuhlman, United Western Bank; Casey Coffman, owner of Takah Sushi, Helen Kalin Klanderud, former mayor of Aspen; and Lily Garfield, owner of CosBar.

John Sarpa, of Centurion Partners, will moderate the discussion.

Learn what it took for these six women to succeed in the valley ” the challenges they faced, the hurdles they overcame, and the lucky breaks they appreciated along the way.

The event is free to AYPA members, $10 for guests. RSVP to

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Valley View Hospital, an 80-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital in Glenwood Springs has been recognized for service excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program.

The service excellence distinction was determined by surveying recently discharged patients from Valley View Hospital on their perceptions of their emergency room visit and comparing the results to the national benchmark established by the annual J.D. Power and Associates National Hospital Service Performance Study.

The telephone-based research conducted among Valley View Hospital patients focuses on the five key drivers of patient satisfaction with their overall hospital experience. Those drivers, which were identified in the national study, are speed and efficiency; dignity and respect; comfort; information and communication; and emotional support.

Valley View Hospital exceeded the national benchmark study score for overall patient satisfaction, performing particularly well in providing patients with a comfortable stay. The hospital received notably high ratings in that area for concern of comfort during procedures and doctors’ concern about controlling pain.

The hospital also performs well in providing information and communication to patients about their procedures, particularly with regard to communication from doctors about conditions and treatments.

Non-government, acute-care hospitals throughout the nation are eligible for the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital recognition for inpatient, emergency department, outpatient, and maternity services.

CARBONDALE ” The second largest Colorado-owned solar electric installer has established a Roaring Fork Valley presence.

Vibrant Solar recently became the sole installer of solar for HomeSmart from Xcel Energysm and as a result, is experiencing increased demand west of the Continental Divide.

Photovoltaic panels are in high demand worldwide, particularly in Europe. Given the weak dollar and strong euro, Europe is buying most of the worldwide production.

Vibrant, through national distributor groSolar Inc., has a supply of American-made Evergreen solar PV panels ” the greenest solar panel available. Other top brands are Suntech and Kyocera.

Vibrant’s Marketing and Sales Director Mark Simmons said Vibrant expects to double its staff by year’s end.

“The city of Aspen has a fine rebate, Holy Cross a smaller one, while Xcel Energy has the largest ” better than California’s program,” he said.

“The rebates cover 25 percent to 60 percent of the cost, helping many to go solar. The objective is to zero out a homeowner’s electricity bill.”

Vibrant has hired solar consultant Andy Gillis of Carbondale. Gillis previously worked for a local installer.

Gillis is the 26th employee of Vibrant Solar, Inc. They have numerous contractors, including certified electricians, structural engineers, energy auditors, tree trimmers and roofing companies.

Gillis serves customers from Vail to Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs to Aspen, plus outlying areas. The company has five Western Slope projects currently under way.

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