Who we are

Strength of heart,
boldness of spirit

Who we are,
and what that means

At the heart of Aspen is Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH), a twenty-five bed community hospital, considered one of the most sophisticated small hospitals in the country. We represent the best of two worlds – the warmth and friendliness of a small town, and the technical expertise of a major medical center.

AVH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is also designated a Critical Access Hospital and Level III Trauma Center. With board-certified specialists in twenty-five different fields of medicine, we are prepared to care for a broad range of medical issues.

  • Level III trauma center
  • Aspen Birth Center
  • Specialty orthopedics: sports medicine, trauma, knees, foot/ankle and hip
  • Cardiac care and rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive diagnostic imaging and laboratory testing
  • Oncology and chemotherapy
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Diabetes education and care
  • Broad range of surgical services
  • Specialty clinics
  • Acute and chronic pain management
our values aren’t just important, they’re game-changers

Mission + Core Values

It all adds up to opportunity – for our employees and the patients we serve. There’s no place like Aspen Valley Hospital with the unique combination of challenge, support, impact, growth, and opportunity.

  • Patient-Centered
  • Teamwork
  • Respect for others
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
You have a place here

Departments

At Aspen Valley Hospital, our opportunities are as abundant as the inspiration you will feel from being a part of the AVH family. We offer a wide variety of career opportunities from finance to radiology, nursing to marketing, IT to pharmacy, and more. Our employees have access to a variety of resources to help grow their career as well as ongoing training, extensive resources, and a culture that emphasizes teamwork.

  • Operating Room
  • Orthopedic Clinic
  • Outpatient Clinic Flex
  • Patient Care Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Many many more!
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Our home away from home

Our Campus

The Aspen Valley Hospital campus includes the hospital, Whitcomb Terrace Senior Center, and employee housing units.We are currently in the final phase of a complete remodel that brings in new and modern buildings, around important areas including the emergency department, surgery, diagnostic imaging, the lab, specialty clinics, and registration and admission. Renovations include a helipad, enhanced diagnostic imaging modalities, the latest and best technology, and much, much more.

Yeah, we're pretty awesome

Awards & Recognition

Aspen Valley Hospital has been recognized with numerous national awards for patient satisfaction:

  • Healthgrades: 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award
  • Five-star patient experience rating from Medicare
  • Eight awards in patient experience from Avatar Solutions, including Best Performer, Overall Rating, Small Hospitals
  • Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Clinic Quality
  • Healthcare Service Excellence Conference: Hospital of Choice
  • Breakthrough Award in patient experience
  • 97th percentile for inpatient satisfaction
  • 93rd percentile for emergency care
  • 94th percentile for after-hours care
A butterfly flapped its wings in Aspen and then...

History

AVH has a rich and colorful history that fuels its future. The hospital was born during the booming days of silver mining amongst an overwhelming number of dangerous occupations and little medical help. Aspen desperately needed a fully-supported county hospital to serve residents in a livelihood that was the heart and soul of the economy — mining.

So in fall of 1889, the “Citizens’ Hospital Committee of Pitkin County” was formed, forging the way towards a better and more stable life for the people of Aspen. There was enormous and inspiring support for the building of the hospital. When the fundraising team was just-this-close to meeting their goal, residents stepped forward with support and made it all possible.

By fall of 1891, it was finished. Aspen’s first hospital stood strongly and powerfully in the valley against the mountains. This hospital served proudly for 2 years, then disaster hit. Careful planning and thrifty management could not prepare the Citizen’s Hospital for the nearly crippling blow that was the repeal of the Sherman Act, demonetizing silver on November 4, 1893. By the end of that year, eighty percent of Aspen’s enterprises went bankrupt, and thousands were left destitute. The hospital struggled to remain open.

By 1921 the hospital was completely upside-down in it finances, but due to the hard work and resolve to save the hospital for the people who needed it, strength was found. In the late 1930s, a shift happened when a few hearty mountaineers discovered a new wondrous potential for the mountains...skiing. Then industrialist, Walter Paepcke, made his first visit and fell in love. Enchanted with Aspen, he immediately bought property and set about creating a cultural enclave in this beautiful city. The population increased, and more people meant more patients for the hospital.

In 1957 it became clear that the Hospital needed to be revitalized to meet the rising demand. With a new life, came a new name – Aspen Valley Hospital. In 1973, the ever-increasing population and need for exceptional medical care brought about a decision to move the hospital to a new site. Land was acquired and the hospital district was formed. In 1977, the current Aspen Valley Hospital was built. Today the hospital is still growing, as it ever has, with new master construction plans to continue to bring the best of health care to Aspen. Today AVH is considered one of the best and most sophisticated small hospitals in the country.

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