Recently my wife, Janet Sandell, was rushed to Aspen Valley Hospital because of severe stomach pains. We were staying in Snowmass for our annual ski trip.
I called 911 for emergency service. The paramedics were on scene very shortly after I called, and they took her by ambulance to your hospital. I am writing this letter to not only thank everyone involved with her case, but to inform the community what wonderful treatment she received at Aspen Valley Hospital and the care given by the Snowmass emergency team.
We live in Irvine, Calif., and travel to Aspen/Snowmass every winter. We feel very fortunate that we were close to such a fine hospital. She was taken into emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction. The emergency room staff was very busy with three other emergencies when we arrived, but they immediately eased her pain and began tests in order to determine her problem. Dr. John Glismann, the emergency room doctor that night, attended to her as soon as he could. Dr. Glismann was very attentive and very knowledgeable. In fact, without test results he diagnosed a possible bowel obstruction. Dr. Glismann called the surgeon, Dr. William Rodman.
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Dr. Rodman spent a great amount of time talking with my wife and asking for x-rays and further testing. My wife went into surgery about 3 a.m., and it was successful. In my mind Dr. Rodman is an excellent surgeon. I was impressed with his meticulous information gathering, his professional methods and his bedside manner. Needless to say, a very serious medical problem was taken care of by a very professional team of individuals.
My wife’s after-care by the nursing staff was also outstanding. The nursing staff was always alert to her needs. Each one of her nurses treated her as if she was their only patient, even though there were several other patients needing their services.
In closing, I would like to say that being away from home and not knowing what to do in a situation like I described above is very scary. But, with the outstanding care and treatment my wife received, we have great faith in those health care professionals working at Snowmass Fire and Rescue and Aspen Valley Hospital, especially Dr. William Rodman. Thank you.
David and Janet Sandell
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