Valley View looking good |

Valley View looking good

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Things are looking up at Valley View Hospital.

Not only is a massive construction project climbing higher each day in the Glenwood Springs skyline, the number of satisfied employees is rising dramatically.

According to a staff survey, in 1997, employee satisfaction hovered at around 50 percent. In 2003, that number increased to nearly 75 percent.

For outgoing board member Chris Treese, it all starts at the top ” with Valley View’s CEO, Gary Brewer.

“There’s no question that the management team put together by Gary is responsible for the overall success of this hospital,” Treese said at Valley View Hospital Association’s annual meeting Thursday afternoon.

“Most importantly, there’s an attitude of excellence here, that makes working here or being a patient as much of a pleasure as is possible,” Treese added.

Growing, retaining, adding

According to Brewer’s progress report presented at Thursday’s meeting, the hospital is growing ” and not only the physical plant.

From 2002 to 2003, births have increased, from 685 to 707. Oncology and chemotherapy visits increased from 1,300 in 2002 to more than 1,400 in 2003.

Sixteen additional physicians joined the hospital staff in the past year, raising it from 91 in 2002 to 107 in 2003.

Hospital volunteer numbers have grown, too, increasing from around 225 to 250 in the past year.

The hospital’s auxiliary has also increased fund-raising dollars. Auxiliary president Michelle Zancanella recently presented a check for $50,000 to the hospital, which includes $20,000 for nursing scholarships.

At the same time, the staff turnover rate is going down.

In 1999, one out of four nurses at Valley View Hospital were leaving their jobs at Valley View each year.

In 2003, that number decreased to just one in 20.

That’s all good news for Treese and board chairman Tim Belinski, who both formally stepped down from the board Thursday. Both have served on the hospital board for the past eight years.

“It’s been extremely gratifying to serve with this great organization,” Belinski said.

Newly appointed chairperson Carolyn Hardin thanked Treese and Belinski for their years of service, and welcomed two new board members, Glenwood attorney Carolyn Strautman and Basalt Mayor Rick Stevens, who are beginning four-year terms.

National recognition, too

Hardin also reported the hospital recently received national recognition.

Valley View is one of 79 hospitals in the country affiliated with Planetree, a nonprofit health organization that promotes healing, nurturing health-care environments.

At Planetree’s annual convention in Seattle in October, Valley View’s chaplin, Patty Harris, received a Spirit of Caring award for her work at the hospital.

In addition, the hospital’s pediatric team received a Spirit of Caring award for their Pediatrics in a Box program, which provides children staying in the hospital with fun, personalized items that humanize their hospital experiences.

“Planetree is looking at marketing Peds in a Box on a national level,” Hardin added.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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