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Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Dr. Catherine Bernard began practicing emergency medicine at Aspen Valley Hospital in 2002. She has spent her entire career in Aspen, moving here after earning her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio in 1999 and completing her residency in emergency medicine in 2002 from Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Bernard is currently the Chief of Staff at the Hospital, a position she’s held since 2015. She has served in numerous other administrative positions over the years and has been using that experience to help the Hospital and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of information and communications, supply chain management, and vaccination strategy and implementation. As an emergency medicine doctor, she sees people of all ages with all types of conditions. Her parents were both educators, so she treats each interaction as an opportunity to teach her patients about their illnesses, what they need to do to get well and best practices for maintaining their long-term health. Dr. Bernard says she couldn’t have asked for a better place than the Roaring Fork Valley to live, work and raise her two sons. She loves the climate and the cultural and outdoor opportunities that Aspen offers. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, snowboarding, yoga, painting, writing and playing her harp. She is also an avid gardener.