Letter: Seeing health care from the other side

This letter is written to encourage support for ballot issue 5A, an extension of Aspen Valley Hospital’s operational mill levy. At only 1.5 mills, it would cost my family less than $100 per year in property taxes. That’s a small price to pay for a hospital that offers quality health care right here in our community.

I have always said that I wouldn’t hesitate to get medical care at Aspen Valley Hospital. I am an employee there, know most of the staff and am familiar with day-to-day operations. Fortunately, because of good health, most of my patient experiences have been for routine tests, such as my annual mammogram.

That changed for me just a few days ago, when I unexpectedly needed emergency care in the wee hours of the morning. From arrival at the emergency-room door, through diagnosis and treatment and to the time of discharge, I can’t imagine better care.

I was immediately taken to a room while my husband checked me in. I was quickly evaluated by the nurse and doctor. Tests were done shortly thereafter. Communication was stellar. I always knew what was being done and why. The emergency-room physician did a great job treating me. Discharge instructions were clear and consistent. I experienced firsthand the care, compassion and expertise that I have heard about from so many others over the years.

For a lot of reasons, I was going to vote for 5A even before this emergency-room visit. Now, I ask that you support 5A simply because of the outstanding care that is available to you any time of the day or night because of the amazing staff who will provide you with the best possible medical care.

Please continue to support extraordinary local health care with this very small individual contribution to Aspen Valley Hospital.

Ginny Dyche

Holland Hills