Groundbreaking ceremony held for AVH expansion

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Though the expansion of Aspen Valley Hospital ultimately will bring bulldozers, backhoes and cement trucks to the hospital’s Castle Creek campus, those speaking at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony were quick to point out that building a state-of-the-art facility will be about “more than just bricks and mortar.”“This is a community hospital. We have a connection with our hospital unlike most places,” said AVH board chairman John Sarpa, speaking before a crowd of 100-plus hospital staffers and supporters gathered outside the existing hospital building.A few moments later, Sarpa, fellow board members, hospital administrators and representatives from Haselden Construction set shovel to dirt: “I don’t get to use this word often, but that’s historic,” Sarpa said, summarizing the hospital’s “journey” over the past few years.
By Jeanne McGovern, Dec. 15, 2010 Aspen Times

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