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Letter: Dr. Rodman belongs at Aspen Valley Hospital

Dr. Rodman belongs at Aspen Valley Hospital

Dear Mr. Bonk, Dr. Mink and the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Directors,

We are writing in support of our dear friend and our community’s surgeon, Dr. Bill Rodman. We have known the Rodman family since the day they moved to town over 20 years ago. We have many years of insight into the dedication, professionalism and care that Bill has given to our community.

Over the course of the 20-plus years that Bill has been our surgeon, we have witnessed the countless times that he has been called to our hospital at all hours of the day and night, and never once have we ever seen so much as a negative look from Bill. Just a smile and apology for having to leave dinner, a theater event that one of his children was in, a day on the slopes with his family, a Thanksgiving dinner at our home, etc. He has truly been a savior to this valley.

Bill Rodman has a personal stake in our community and he has been a loyal and constant medical provider. We all know people who have been literally saved by his skill and determination.

Because of the limited size that AVH covers, the exclusive provider contract is an excellent tool for providing high quality experienced medical personnel in a small community setting. AVH has done well with this business model in providing pathologists, radiologists and anesthesiologists. So why would the hospital not allow Bill’s contract to continue and bring in his own surgeon? Could it be money! From our viewpoint, we shouldn’t be looking for the cheapest way to staff our hospital. Isn’t our community’s health more important than saving a few bucks? Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the possible!

As members of this community for 44 years, we are not interested in the revolving door doctor’s program that AVH would like us to have. We want the doctors we see to know us a human beings and not just another patient case number.

It would be in the best interest of the citizens in our valley for AVH to maintain Dr. William Rodman as one of our surgeons. If this is not the case, our family and many of our friends will seek medical care elsewhere, most likely wherever Bill is practicing.

Teena and George Shaw