Valley View: More than just a nice building |

Valley View: More than just a nice building

Valley View Hospital is looking good.

The massive building that dominates the skyline on the east side of Glenwood Springs looks like of a top-flight ski lodge. With crossed beams and steeply pitched green roofs, it’s a sight to behold, and its interior is as classy as the outside. The new-and-improved Valley View now has become one of the premier hospitals of its size on the Western Slope.

Valley View opens its doors to the public Saturday with an open house that runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a barbecue, food and tours available at the new entrance to the building.

And, oh my, the new section of the hospital has a lot to see. From the soft lighting and warm wood accents to the sidewalk cafe serving Starbucks coffee in the entrance atrium.

But Valley View is more than bricks and mortar. Next month, the community hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary.

When GIs were returning home after World War II, Glenwood Springs was facing something of a medical crisis. A private hospital run by Doc Nutting just wasn’t big enough. A group of local businessmen got together and applied for federal funding to pay for the land and the building.

What made the project work, however, was sponsorship by the Glenwood Springs Mennonite Church. Volunteers from Mennonite churches all over the country helped out at the new hospital until it was completed and fully staffed.

Many of those volunteers, who were in their 20s at the time, will return for the birthday celebration next month.

Over the years, Valley View administrators and staff have worked to improve the hospital experience for patients and their families. A few years ago, the hospital adopted the Planetree philosophy, which seeks to humanize patient care. Time and again the newspaper receives letters of thanks from people, locals and visitors, who received stellar care.

So, hats off to Valley View Hospital, for its new addition and 50 years of heartfelt service to the community.

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