In healthcare, the right information at the right time can be life-saving. At a minimum, healthcare information that is accessible and timely enhances quality, protects patient safety, and empowers patients and their healthcare providers. It is for these reasons that Aspen Valley Hospital is excited to launch an electronic health record platform that is the gold standard in the industry, called Epic, on October 1, 2022. In this issue of our enewsletter, you will learn more about why we selected Epic, and you will also learn about Epic’s patient portal called MyChart, which will be an invaluable tool for our patients who want to take control of their own health and healthcare.
In this issue, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest physician member of Aspen Valley Primary Care, Dr. Caroline Mears. Dr. Mears is an internal medicine specialist who is well suited to managing the health and wellbeing of our aging and active community. She also brings a particular interest in women’s health and the most recent advances from her medical training. We are excited that our primary care practice is continuing to grow as we have recently moved into a larger space here at Aspen Valley Hospital, and as we make plans to expand and improve our clinic space in Basalt. Our primary care practice has a team-based approach that meets the total wellness needs of our patients, including their nutritional, emotional and physical health. Drs. Kelly and Karen Locke, Dr. Edward Weise, Dr. Rahul Shah, our Physician Assistant Rachel Houseal, and now Dr. Caroline Mears are all an important part of our Network of Care that is focused on improving health and reducing healthcare costs.
Speaking of Dr. Shah, he has some back-to-school tips to keep our kids healthy and ready to engage in their school work. As national testing scores are validating, COVID restrictions had a profound academic as well as social and emotional impact on school children across the country, and we have some work to do to for the sake of our next generations. We are very fortunate to be in a community with excellent schools, dedicated educators, and involved and supportive parents. Dr. Shah and his fellow community pediatricians are also committed to the healthy lives and wellbeing of our children.
As a busy summer comes to a close, and we look forward to our next visually stunning season, we give thanks for being a part of our vibrant and active community.
To your good health,