Aspen Valley Hospital

Eric Willsky, MD

Apr 25, 2016

Profession: Physician/Anesthesiologist

Age: 64

Where do you live? Aspen

How long have you lived in the valley?  27 years, since 1989

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I am a physician there, both my children were born at AVH, our family has used the facility extensively for tests, surgery, etc. After 27 years I clearly have developed a close bond with the hospital and staff.

To read the full list of questions and answers, and hear the audio portion, click here.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The source of the sewage stench wafting up from storm sewers in downtown Aspen has been identified.

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And in Snowmass, voters are being asked to buck up for a new sewage plant.

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Ballots for this spring’s election for two board seats at Aspen Valley Hospital are expected to show up in mailboxes this week. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

It’s the first contested race for the board of directors at the hospital in six years. AVH canceled two previous ones because no one applied, except the incumbents.

Two seats up on AVH board this spring

Feb 16, 2016

  Anyone interested in running for a seat on the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors has just under two weeks to throw their hat into the ring. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Two seats are up this year on the board, which hasn’t seen a contested race since 2008. That might be a result of Aspen Valley Hospital doing too little to publicize elections.

Marci Krivonen

Aspen Valley Hospital has chosen Chief Financial Officer Terry Collins for the hospital’s new interim CEO.

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The CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital resigned Monday after two years in the position. The hospital announced the resignation, saying Bonk wanted to spend more time with his family.

Marci Krivonen

Aspen Valley Hospital is switching around how it hires orthopedic surgeons. Three surgeons who have already cared for patients at AVH are now working directly for the hospital, instead of contracting from their private practice.

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

  

Voters have approved question 3A in a 69 to 31 percent margin, which continues a property tax to fund the Aspen School District. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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Results are starting to come in on local, regional and state issues. Voters approved Proposition BB, choosing to allow the state to keep 66 million dollars in revenue from marijuana sales.

Ballot question seeks funding for Aspen Valley Hospital

Oct 27, 2015
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Aspen Valley Hospital is asking voters this fall to continue a property tax that has helped pay operating costs for the past twenty years. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, there’s no formal opposition to Question 5A, but voters are wondering when enough is enough when it comes to medical costs.

 

The bear bones: Bruin breaks into haz-mat container

Sep 18, 2015

  Aspen Valley Hospital officials have taken steps to better secure a container that stores hazardous materials after a bear broke into it and dragged body parts out. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

A bear broke through an unsecured door on a haz-mat trailer parked next to the hospital a few weeks ago. The bruin sniffed out a hazardous materials storage bag containing bones from a cadaver that had been discarded after an orthopaedic training exercise. That’s according to AVH spokesperson Ginny Dyche.

A significant chunk of workers in Aspen have high blood pressure.That’s according to data from health fairs last fall, coordinated by the five biggest employers in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. They’re part of the Valley Health Alliance, a new nonprofit aimed at improving health in the Upper Valley.

Medicaid visits up at area hospital emergency rooms

Jul 13, 2015
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The number of low-income Medicaid patients accessing care in area emergency rooms is on the rise. The increase - seen at Aspen Valley and Valley View Hospitals - follows a national trend in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

In 2014 the amount of business Aspen Valley Hospital did for Medicaid patients was triple the number in 2013. Hospital officials attribute the rise to Colorado expanding its Medicaid program.

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The Pitkin County Commissioners aired several concerns about a plan to make the Aspen Valley Hospital and Pitkin County Health and Human Services campus smoke and tobacco free. 

The policy would apply to outdoor areas around the sprawling campus off Castle Creek Road. Besides the hospital and county building, the ban would apply to Whitcomb Terrace, hospital employee housing and Senior Services. Right now, most areas allow smoking 15 feet from a door.

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There’s opposition to a smoking ban at a cluster of Aspen’s health buildings. Smoking bans in public places are common, especially in locations where people get medical treatment. Such a prohibition is proposed for Aspen Valley Hospital, a nearby Senior Center, and the Pitkin County Schultz Health and Human Services Building next door.

Your Evening News - November 26th, 2014

Nov 26, 2014

CDOT Extends Glenwood Bridge Comment Period 

If you have an opinion about the new Grand Avenue Bridge, now there’s another month to let officials know. The Colorado Department of Transportation has extended the comment period for the Glenwood Springs project.

CDOT has gotten a lot of feedback already about the proposal...specifically the Environmental Assessment released at the beginning of the month. Spokeswoman Tracy Truelove says at a recent public hearing, some people were asking for more time to consider the bridge replacement.

Getting your blood checked can mean making an appointment, getting to a doctor’s office, and fees. But for older folks in Pitkin County, regular senior health fairs make it much easier. They’re part of a wider variety of fairs put on by Aspen Valley Hospital, which hosted one on a recent Friday.

Marci Krivonen

As officials track down Frontier flight passengers connected with an Ebola case, state health workers say they're making sure Colorado is as prepared as possible to respond to the virus. 

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While hospitals across the country work to transition from old-fashioned paper records to electronic data, some doctors in Aspen have already “gone digital.” Aspen Valley Hospital is in the middle of this conversion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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