Special Advisory Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Pitkin County Community Coronavirus Hotline is available for questions, concerns and prescreening of the coronavirus. Please call 970-429-6186. The hotline is staffed daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you have symptoms like cough, fever and shortness of breath, do NOT go to the AVH Emergency Department (ED). Call the Pitkin County Community Coronavirus Hotline or call your regular doctor first for phone screening and further instructions. In order to prevent the spread of illness, it is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor.
- If you experience severe respiratory distress and/or need immediate attention, call 9-1-1 and let them know you are concerned you may have COVID-19.
- If you're over 60 and you have underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease, come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for COVID-19 and how to manage symptoms. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.
If you have been instructed to go to the Emergency Department, you will be asked to call a special phone number when onsite to prescreen for COVID-19 symptoms. This helps our physicians and nurses prepare. Thank you for helping us maintain our ED as a safe place of care.
Like so many other parts of the hospital, the Emergency Department is far more sophisticated than one might expect in a 25-bed hospital. It was certified as one of Colorado's first level III trauma centers. A hospital-based ambulance service provides pre-hospital care, and board-certified emergency physicians are available and in the hospital 24 hours a day. Registered nursing staff have advanced training in trauma care. In the event transfer to another facility is required, an FAA-approved helipad is on the hospital campus.
Diagnostic imaging capabilities for the emergency patient include MRI and CT scanning, ultra-sound, nuclear medicine, x-ray, and fluoroscopy. A digital network allows immediate access to 40 off-site radiology specialists in Denver.
There are 16 patient beds in the department, with five of the beds in private exam rooms. A full-time hospitalist -- board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics -- supports emergency physicians and other specialists with consultations and admissions.
Emergency department admission is done at the bedside. There's no standing at an admissions desk to provide insurance and other personal information at a time when medical attention is the first priority. Our goal is to keep our patients as comfortable and at ease as is possible, right from the start. A private waiting area adjacent to the emergency department allows family and friends to wait in a comfortable environment close to their loved one.