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Praise to Aspen Valley Hospital

After eight seasons of teaching skiing at Snowmass Ski Area, I thought I had experienced all the best Aspen has to offer. The skiing, the people, Aspen Skiing Co., the cooperation and the smiles are all as good as it gets.

However, when I needed a hip replacement in May, I did not think Aspen. My wife and I had benefitted from several orthopedic surgeries at the renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. This was our Gold Standard. Though each visit required a six hour drive from our home in Saranac Lake and an expensive stay in New York, optimal health is priceless.

Since we had moved permanently to the valley in 2013, I explored other treatment options from Denver to Utah. Each choice came with some reservation — too far away, too impersonal — based on individual experience. Having been a small-town dentist, I felt that the best medical care and expertise may not be consistent with just reputation or “number of cases.”

Real people do surgeries, deliver anesthesia, organize the operating room, monitor vital signs, give medications and serve meals. Since I know and like the real people of this valley, I chose to have joint replacement surgery at Aspen Valley Hospital with D. N. Lindsay Harris.

The entire experience could not have been any better. Everyone I encountered was extremely caring and competent. Since I was walking after only two days, I reluctantly left the womb of the hospital.

Thank you Dr, Harris, Dr, Beck, registered nurse Gena Hatcher, Laura Pritchard and the entire team at Aspen Valley Hospital. If anyone is considering medical tourism for joint replacement surgery, the people, the MakoPlasty instrumentation and the facility at Aspen Valley Hospital are second to none.

Paul Ericson