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Valley View looks back on a year of accomplishments

Valley View Hospital had a milestone year in 2005, celebrating 50 years in the health care business. The hospital board reported on last year’s accomplishments at its annual meeting recently.Valley View, founded in 1955 and run by the Mennonite Church for several years, hosted many of the Mennonites who worked at the hospital in the early days during golden anniversary celebrations last summer.Valley View also took a bold step into the future when it opened its new 160,000-square foot addition last year. Departments on the first and second floors were completed and operational, including the emergency room, diagnostic imaging, the Family Birth Place, respiratory care, the pharmacy and a spacious new lobby with gift and coffee shops.Orthopaedic Associates also moved into new offices on third floor. In the next phase of work on the new building, the third and fourth floors will be completed in the next two years. Those floors will house the cardiac catheterization lab, the critical care and acute care units and physical therapy.The Family Birth Place opened in the fall of 2005. Its hotel-like atmosphere – with deluxe furniture and soft lighting – is geared to family comfort. All patient rooms are private, and labor and delivery rooms feature Jacuzzi tubs, and sleeper sofas for dads. There’s also a kitchen area and dining room where families can cook favorite meals. The hospital also offers parents of newborns a special gourmet candle-lit meals in the dining room.The Royal Smith Imaging Center also opened in 2005. The 16,000-square-foot center was named for the hospital’s first resident radiologist.The new emergency room outgrew its 3,000-square foot space and now has 7,900 square feet with a decontamination room, two trauma rooms, two cardiac rooms and 13 beds. In 2005, the hospital’s seven emergency room doctors attended 11,600 patients.Besides the new addition, Valley View simply grew its business.”We had the best year we ever had in volume and in surgery admissions,” said Valley View’s CEO Gary Brewer.Valley View also reached out from its Glenwood Springs campus to offer services up and down the valley, and beyond.Last year, it opened the Willits Clinic in Basalt in conjunction with Roaring Fork Physicians of Carbondale. Valley View doctors see patients five days a week there, Brewer said. The hospital owns the building and leases space to the Carbondale group.Valley View, in partnership with Vail Valley Medical Center, operates a clinic in Eagle, the Eagle Health Center, that will be expanded into a 20-bed hospital in about two years, Brewer said.Ground breaking is expected in spring 2007 with completion some time in 2008.Two family practice doctors from Valley View work out of the clinic, as well as doctors from Vail. For this year, Valley View’s expansion plans include four new surgery rooms that will be completed by late summer. The hospital will also construct a helicopter landing pad in front of the new building which will complement the new cardiac catheterization lab, geared to heart attack patients.If those patients need heart surgery, they can be quickly flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.Having access to a helicopter at the hospital will avoid delays, Brewer said. Currently, patients must be flown from Glenwood Springs airport on fixed-wing aircraft, or if weather conditions are not favorable, must be transported to the airport in Rifle.”We need to be able get them out in first few minutes (after a heart attack),” Brewer said.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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