Aspen Valley Hospital

As of May 1st, 1,678 ballots have been cast in the Aspen Valley Hospital Board of Director election. That’s only 14 percent of eligible voters.

There hasn’t been an AVH election in six years, and almost five thousand ballots were cast at that time.

The election ends tomorrow at 7pm. Residents should walk their ballots in to the hospital instead of mailing to ensure receipt. Eligible voters who did not receive a mail ballot can pick one up at the hospital today and tomorrow.

Roughly 10 percent of the total ballots mailed to Pitkin County voters have been returned so far in this spring’s Aspen Valley Hospital board election. Aspen Public Radio News interviewed the doctors who are running for a board seat.

 

 

Peter Hershberger

Apr 26, 2016

Profession: Registered Nurse

Age: 47

Where do you live? Snowmass Village

How long have you lived in the valley? 15 years

In what capacity have you used AVH?  How would you rate your experience and why? I am a frequent consumer of healthcare because of my juvenile diabetes so I'm a patient as well as an employee. My patient visits at the hospital have always been tremendous. The staff are second to none. What we lack is a modern facility with privacy for patients and that is now being built.

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Profession: Entrepreneur

Where do you live? Citizen of Aspen, Resident of Pitkin County

How long have you lived in the valley? Homeowner since 1999

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why?  For the past 17 years, my family’s experiences with the Aspen Valley Hospital have been exceptional.  My concern is for those whose experiences have not been as good as ours.

Three of the seven candidates running for two seats on the board of directors

Election results for the next Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors will be decided one week from today. With seven people vying for two open seats, their campaign issues surrounding the publicly-funded facility are many.

 

Mindy Nagle, MD

Apr 25, 2016
Aspen Valley Hospital

Profession: MD- OB/GYN

Age: 48

Where do you live? Aspen

How long have you lived in the valley? 1990 to 1993, then 2001 to present

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I use AVH for any of my medical needs and believe the care and service are unmatched.

Joseph Nedlin

Apr 25, 2016

Profession: Retired

Age: 74

Where do you live? Aspen

How long have you lived in the valley? Since 1980

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I have used AVH in a number of different ways and have had only good experiences. I believe that the staff is professional and the facility is first rate.

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

Greg Balko

Apr 25, 2016

Profession: Emergency Medicine Physician

Age: 47

Where do you live? Snowmass Village

How long have you lived in the valley? 17 years

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I have been a practicing physician at AVH for the last 17 years.  I have even been a patient in the emergency department a few times. It is interesting how being on the other side of the curtain brings insight to how the hospital can improve care. I must say, it has been a wonderful experience and privilege to work with such incredible people at the hospital.

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

Mike Lyons

Apr 25, 2016

 Profession: Firefighter, Paramedic, Photographer, Property Manager

Age: 44

Where do you live? Aspen, at the Twin Ridge Townhouses, which are across the street from AVH

How long have you lived in the valley? I was born and raised here in Aspen, so more than 40 years.

In what capacity have you used AVH? How would you rate your experience and why? I have been a patient. My patient care was outstanding, but the post-hospital experience was miserable at best.

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

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.

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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.

Aspen Valley Hospital

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.

Marci Krivonen / Aspen Public Radio

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Ballot question seeks funding for Aspen Valley Hospital

Oct 27, 2015
Marci Krivonen

 

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.

 

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