Front Entry, Phase II
Final approval from the Aspen City Council for Phase II of the hospital’s master facilities plan was welcomed and applauded in July 2010. With that approval came a new burst of energy in the planning process for this critical phase of hospital improvements. While most of Phase II was completed in the fall of 2012, all remaining components for final completion were accomplished by year-end 2014.
In the fall of 2014, we were pleased to learn that AVH was awarded "gold" LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold LEED certification is rare in the healthcare industry. LEED certified buildings save money and resources while promoting renewable, clean energy. LEED is recognized throughout the world as a mark of achievement in green building.
Funding of Phase II
Costs associated with Phase II were approximately $77 million, with funding sources including hospital resources, philanthropy, and tax-supported (general obligation) bonds.
This funding allocation did not place an undue burden on any one group of citizens and is consistent with the community’s history for hospital construction. Each hospital (there have been three since 1891) has relied upon both philanthropy and public support. We are a community with a commitment to quality healthcare, and the citizens of today share the passion and commitment of past generations.
Is the hospital better for having invested resource in the physical plant?
Aspen Valley Hospital has a reputation for personalized, quality care. It boasts numerous national awards for service excellence, skilled and dedicated staff and physicians, state-of-the-art technology, and a progressive approach to medicine. All that was missing was a modern physical plant – one that addresses today’s standards for privacy and comfort, and accommodates inpatients and outpatients equally well. Yes, the hospital is better!