Dear Editor:As a regular visitor to Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley (both in summer and winter), I’d like to highlight an extraordinary 11-day visit I just concluded this past weekend.My original plans were to spend just three days in Aspen, skiing Ajax and partaking in Aspen’s other activities with business colleagues (March 2-4), and to return home to my family for the weekend. Unfortunately, my plans for a quick return were interrupted by a nasty spill I suffered on the Little Nell run near the base of the gondola on my last day. I don’t need to go into the details of my accident in the Times, but your readers should know that the eight days I spent at Aspen Valley Hospital (March 4-12) were eye-opening. The level of care, sophistication, empathy and professionalism I was privileged to experience at AVH was astounding. The orthopedic surgeons (led by Dr. Tom St. John) were uniformly terrific – upon my emergency admission, performing the initial surgical repairs I required, diagnosing unusual and very serious complications that arose the following day, and addressing the issues I experienced in a sophisticated, informative and effective fashion. Members of the medical staff, as well as AVH’s crack nursing, physical therapy and business staffs, were generous with their time and expertise, not just with the patient (me) but with my wife (who flew out for a day to bring me home and stayed a week) and with my doctors in Connecticut and New York. I hate to sound heroic, but I consider myself lucky to have been injured in Aspen.While I’m dispensing kudos, members of the on-mountain patrol staff at Ajax were gracious and efficient in transporting me following my fall, Skico’s instructional staff (notably veteran instructor Eddie Ranier) was helpful on site and caring thereafter, the EMS staff which transported me to AVH was a credit to the Aspen community, and the entire staff of the Little Nell – top to bottom – was resourceful, hospitable, accommodating and caring, given that my wife arrived with expectations (and clothes) for an unscheduled one-day stay and ended up in town (removed from three kids, yet not on vacation) for over a week.I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone who made our forced stay as pleasant as it possibly could have been. We look forward to returning this summer, and to skiing again next winter.Jeff CitrinGreenwich, Conn.
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