Aspen Valley Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital and a Level III trauma center. It was founded in 1889 as Citizen's Hospital Committee of Pitkin County to care for single, working men employed in dangerous occupations. Today, the hospital is in alliance with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, allowing local physicians to access Mayo Clinic expertise. The hospital was the first in Colorado selected to join the network, and selection is based on a review of quality, service and operational criteria.
At the 2016 HealthCare Service Excellence Conference, AVH earned 18 awards, including eight Breakthrough Awards for improvements in overall patient satisfaction as well as the Summit Award for being a "hospital of choice."
Aspen Valley Hospital was one of four Colorado hospitals to receive a five-star rating from CMS. It earned a Top 20 Best Practice in Financial Stability designation from the National Rural Health Association. By November 2016, AVH plans to be up and running on Epic's EHR system.