The air is feeling just a little crisper as the days are getting shorter. You can check me on this, because I say it every year, but we are entering my favorite season in Aspen, when the leaves start to change and our summer winds down. Truthfully, I enjoy every change of season here in our high mountain community. It always feels like a new beginning and the anticipation of what comes next – in this case fall and then the holidays…and snow. All of these bring both change and yet a sense of comfort for their familiarity, like a return visit from an old friend.
Similarly, here at Aspen Valley Hospital, we have our own rhythm of seasons and the anticipation of what’s new, while at the same time we find comfort in maintaining that which is familiar. We certainly have a long, steady history of being a community hospital, for over 130 years, with employees, physicians and leaders serving many of the same patients for decades. And we have our seasons as well, busy times in the winter and summer, slower times in between, and health fairs and community events (like our Foundation’s signature Polo event) occurring with the reliability of the tides, except during COVID, of course. In that we find great comfort. And yet we also are consistently changing and growing to meet the evolving needs of our community.
In this issue of our newsletter, we feature stories about both the consistency of our extraordinary patient care and our events, as well as announcements about exciting new services and physicians. You’ll read about Marion’s close call with a blood clot, which is also featured in our Healthy Journey magazine, and you’ll learn about one of our favorite community activities – cycling – and how to enjoy it while staying safe and fit. We are also excited to announce our next Heath Fair happening in Aspen and Basalt, October 20-22. So many community members count on these events to receive low-cost blood work.
On an exciting note, we are very pleased to announce the addition of our new ophthalmology surgeon, Dr. Ellen Sanders, and the capabilities she brings for the surgical replacement of cataracts with prescription implanted lenses. And meet Dr. Patric Knecht, the newest addition to our Aspen Valley Primary Care team. He joins Drs. Wiese, Mears, Chamberlain and Shah, and our team of professionals who are all dedicated to helping you live your best and most active life.
Indeed, as our seasons change so do our services at AVH. And yet like life itself, some things never change, like our 130+ years of commitment to serving our community.