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We have great emergency medical care

Dear Editor,

I have had the privilege of practicing medicine in Glenwood Springs for the past six years. In that time, I have enjoyed working with a dedicated professional nursing and allied staff at Valley View Hospital. The quality of patient care has been so good, in fact, that I have become quite spoiled, and I have simply grown to expect excellence as a matter of course.

In these six years, however, I have had little contact with the men and women of the emergency medical services team in our area.

This changed last month, however, when we found my two-year-old daughter unconscious in our hot tub. I was forced to begin basic resuscitation efforts while my wife called 911. The response was nothing short of incredible. In less than four minutes an ambulance was at our front door, and a team of paramedics and emergency medical technicians had arrived with advanced life support equipment.

My daughter has made a full recovery, thank God. The professionalism, competence, speed, and most of all the concern and compassion displayed by this emergency response team took my breath away. I do not think the citizens of this community realize how fortunate we are to have this level of quality in our emergency medical system. My hat is off to these brave men and women, and I will forever owe them a debt of gratitude.


Jeffrey E. Fegan, M.D.

Glenwood Springs

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