Changes coming to our oncology program

April 24, 2019

New physician, same great care

Continuity is important in any healthcare situation — especially for cancer patients and their families. That’s why Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) is working to ensure a smooth transition to our new oncology physician, Stephen Mayer MD, PhD, FACP.
We are extraordinarily grateful to Douglas Rovira, MD, our staff oncologist for many years, as he leaves the Aspen community for another opportunity. His commitment to our patients has been unsurpassed. Dr. Rovira will remain in his current position while Dr. Mayer joins us in late May and begins to establish relationships with our patients.
Dr. Mayer earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and completed a Quick read more or view full article residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in medical oncology at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Mayer is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Since 2015, he has served as a physician at Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Oncology and as a staff physician at Sky Ridge Medical Center, both in Lone Tree, Colorado.
During the transition, all of AVH’s other highly trained and experienced oncology program staff members will remain in place, helping to ensure that patients experience no disruption in their care.
“As our new oncologist, Dr. Mayer will pick up where Dr. Rovira leaves off, and I’m sure our patients will immediately feel comfortable and confident with him and his medical expertise,” said Nancee Dodge, FNP-C, AOCNP, an oncology-certified nurse practitioner and an AVH employee since 1996. “Our clinic will continue to see patients as usual, and we’ll all work closely to ensure that we don’t miss a beat during the transition.”
Dodge noted that while the staff oncologist is in the hospital one day a week, the clinic is open five days a week — implementing the physician’s orders, treating side effects, managing medications and more. “It takes a team,” she said. “All of us in the AVH oncology program look forward to continuing to serve the Aspen community with high-quality care.” Read Less
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The June Health Fair offers important health screenings at big savings

April 24, 2019

Book your blood draw appointment today!

Mark your calendar, put a reminder on your phone or tie a string to your finger. You don’t want to miss the Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) June Health Fair—June 6, 8 and 9. In fact, you can schedule your blood draw appointment starting today at
Open to the public, the highly anticipated annual event will offer many of the same services — and all of the same great benefits — as in past years, including blood draws and other screenings at much lower costs than in a traditional clinical setting. (If you have health insurance, check your benefits before participating, as not all plans cover health fair Quick read more or view full article screenings. AVH will not submit to your health insurance.)

Take care of your health

In addition to the popular blood draws, the fair will feature screenings that empower participants to take control of their health. Blood pressure, vision and skin cancer checks are always in demand, along with airflow evaluations and dental/oral cancer screenings. OrthoAspen’s Dr. Stanley Gertzbein will provide back screenings and Dan Green, PA-C, will perform additional orthopedic screenings. And for those who are eager to start on a healthier path forward right away, free information stations will be available from a variety of resources at AVH and from across the community. (See full list below.)
For the first time, blood draws will include a hemoglobin A1c test, a non-fasting screening recommended for anyone who has or is at risk of diabetes. The cost to have this test as part of the health fair is $30.
Other blood draw options include:
  • The Health Fair Profile (fasting is required), which measures 32 metabolic functions, including complete blood count, cholesterol levels and kidney function, as well as checking for infection, anemia and more — $65
  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men age 50 and older to help determine prostate cancer risk — $35
  • Vitamin D deficiency screening to measure D2 and D3 levels — $45
  • C-reactive protein tests for vascular inflammation, a cardiac risk — $35
  • Take-home colorectal cancer screening kit — $25
Hosting health fairs is a key component of AVH’s commitment to making our community a healthy place to live, work and play, according to Jennifer Slaughter, AVH Director of Community Relations.
“The health fairs are a critical component of AVH’s vision, which is to foster our community as the healthiest in the nation,” Slaughter said. “It is part of our ongoing focus on population health. By promoting prevention and early detection of certain health issues, we can help our community members be more successful in managing their own health; which in the long term, benefits not only health fair participants, but can keep overall healthcare costs down.”


Open to area residents age 18 and older
Thursday, June 6, 8 - 11 a.m.
Blood draw only
Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Cree Road, Aspen
Saturday, June 8, 8 - 11 a.m.
Blood draw only
El Jebel Community Center
20 Eagle County Road, El Jebel
Sunday, June 9, 8 - 11 a.m.
Blood draw, plus FREE additional screenings and information stations
Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Cree Road, Aspen
Remember: To book your blood draw appointment today or learn more about the Health Fair, visit Appointments for blood draws are highly encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcome. Please be sure to arrive an hour prior to closing on Sunday, June 9, if you are interested in the free health screenings and information stations listed below. Payments are taken at the event in CASH or CHECK ONLY.
Free Health Screenings
  • Air flow and oximetry
  • Back screenings with Stanley D. Gertzbein, MD, of OrthoAspen
  • Blood pressure
  • Dental and oral cancer screening
  • Height, weight and body mass index
  • Orthopedic screenings with Dan Greene, PA-C, of OrthoAspen
  • Skin cancer checks
  • Vision screening
Information Stations
  • After-Hours Medical Care
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Aspen Strong
  • Diabetes and nutrition education
  • HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley
  • Midvalley Surgery Center
  • Snowmass Medical Care
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Program
  • WE-cycle
  • Wellness programs at AVH
  • Whitcomb Terrace Assisted Living
See you at the fair!
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