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Medical exchange to Argentina

Dear Editor:A diverse delegation of volunteer medical professionals and community members from the Roaring Fork Valley are traveling to our sister city of Bariloche, Argentina, on April 19 through April 29 to participate in the Forth Annual AspenBariloche Medical Exchange program. This program is dedicated to improving patient care at the Ramn Carillo Hospital through education, philanthropy and cultural exchanges. The delegation of dedicated volunteers includes: Jan Alling, P.T.; Andrew Bullington, M.D.; Krista Fox, O.T.; David Khoury, M.D.; Andrew Larson, ASMF director of research; Ferdinand Tito Liotta, M.D.; Tom Marcotte, sales consultant for Synthes; Lucy Morgan, P.T.; Mindy Nagle, M.D.; Laura Morris Pritchard, ASMF executive director; Julie Puchkoff, M.S., C.S.C.S.; Mark Purnell, M.D.; Jason Rolling, M.D.; Rachel Shuck, R.N.; Griff Smith, Aspen Sister Cities; and Eleanor Lee Lee von Stade, M.D.The Ramn Carillo Hospital is a public hospital faced with the daunting task of providing medical care for a large and mostly indigent population with declining support from local or national government since Argentinas economic crisis in 2001.This program would not exist without the extremely generous support from many local individuals and businesses including: ACES; Aspen Medical Care; Aspen Sister Cities; Aspen Skiing Co.; Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation; Aspen Valley Hospital medical and administrative staff; Aspen Valley Medical Foundation; Bob Wade and the Ute Mountaineer; Carrie Lamb, P.T.; Childrens Hospital of Denver; City Market; Claudia Nelson, M.D.; Clay Clark of Acumed & Arthrex; Craig Hospital in Denver; Elevation Restaurant; Embassy Suites Denver Airport; Eric Willsky, M.D., and family; Familia Schroeder Wines of Patagonia; Francesca MacPherson; George Trantow; GrassRoots TV; Incline Ski Shop; John Beatty of Vin Aspen; Julie Jenkins, R.N., K.C.I.; Kim Scheuer, M.D.; LHosteria; Marcelo Birckenstaedt; Mark Purnell, M.D., and family; Mountain Valley Health Services; N. Lindsay Harris, M.D.; Orthopaedic Associates of Aspen and Glenwood; Pitkin County Community Health Services; Project C.U.R.E.; Robert Christensen, D.D.S., and family; Robert Schenck, M.D.; Rosie Wettstein of Main Street Liquors; Smith & Nephew; Swedish Medical Center in Denver; The Buster Foundation; Tom and Carol Kurt and the Colorado Mountain Club; Valley View Hospital Foundation; Vin Aspen and Wood Bridge Condominiums. Thank you for your generous support and continued dedication to this program!Mark Purnell, MD, Orthopaedic Associates & ASMF, presidentFerdinand Tito Liotta, M.D., Orthopaedic Associates & ASMF, director of educationGriff Smith, Aspen Sister Cities


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