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Support a more modern AVH

Dear Editor:

I am fortunate to be the current director of surgical services for Aspen Valley Hospital, and I have been a registered nurse for more than 18 years. AVH is quite easily the finest hospital I have ever had the pleasure of being employed at, especially regarding the commitment of its administration and staff to the public it serves.

Our current facility is 33 years old and, while still quite functional, is not designed to accommodate a more modern medical paradigm. In surgical services, for instance, improved surgical procedures in the past three decades has significantly reduced recovery times, resulting in fewer inpatient hospital stays after surgery. Now we are seeing a much larger percentage of outpatient procedures and services emerge.

As a consequence of this, we are experiencing “growing pains” as we try to accommodate the shift. Ultimately, this has resulted in many non-associated areas having to share space, which reduces patient privacy and staff efficiency. This is not the ideal experience we strive to provide at our hospital.

Aspen is an extremely progressive and sophisticated town and world-class resort that has an international clientele year-round. Many people choose to return here for medical services they might find elsewhere because of the excellent reputation and performance of our hospital and medical staff. In these challenging financial times, it makes sense to improve and sustain an industry which brings a great amount of visibility and positive feedback to our valley, not to mention providing a higher level of service for those of us who are fortunate enough to make this our home.

Please vote yes on Referendums 5A and 5B!!! The cost to each individual homeowner is minimal compared to the enormous gain for the local community and also for those who choose to visit our beautiful valley.

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Todd Bartlett, RN

director of surgical services, Aspen Valley Hospital

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