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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Gunnison, Colorado was named the "#1 Top Mountain Town" in National Geographic's Adventure Magazine feature article entitled, "50 Best Places to Live + Play 2007". "The Gunnison River territory is blessed with 25 feet (8 meters) of Colorado's airy powder a year—more than any other ski area in the state. Come summer, mountain bikers head up the hill to Crested Butte's singletrack; rock climbers reign on the 2,000-foot-walls (610-meter-walls) of Black Canyon of the Gunnison; and cowpokes converge for Cattlemen's Days, the oldest rodeo in the state." ~ Adventure Magazine contributing editor Dan Koeppel When Outside Magazine started looking at the greatest towns in America, its writers picked places that had overcome adversity and were "riding on a wave of civic reinvention and fresh ideas." Crested Butte came in at No. 9, Outside Magazine senior editor Jeremy Spencer said.

HEALTH SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

Gunnison Valley Health is a county-owned, integrated health system serving the 16,000 residents of Gunnison County, Colorado. The health system is governed by a volunteer board of seven trustees who are appointed for five year terms by the Gunnison County Commissioners. The 350-plus member staff works with 50 local and visiting specialists and local providers to provide primary, specialty and emergency care in hospital and outpatient settings. The system includes a sole community hospital, Medical Services, Hospice & Palliative Care, Nursing Home care, Assisted Living and a philanthropic foundation. Gunnison Valley Health has received numerous national and regional performance awards, including the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, Avatar awards for Overall Patient Satisfaction, Colorado’s Top 5% ranked Nursing Home, Colorado EMS of the Year awards, and America’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals – for 7 years!

Gunnison Valley Hospital is a 24-bed, short term, acute care hospital and Level IV Trauma Center. Local physicians staff the ER 24-hours a day, seven days a week. General surgery, orthopaedic and OB/GYN consultants are available on an on-call basis. Tri-State CareFlight offers flight for life helicopter service to Gunnison Valley Hospital.

The Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center has 59 licensed beds and is the only long-term residential care facility in Gunnison County. The scope of business can be separated into three general areas: skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care (or the “Special Care Unit”), and Home Medical Services (Home Health and Hospice/Palliative Care).  Rehabilitation services are also offered at the Senior Care Center which include both occupational and physical therapy. GVH Assisted Living accommodates 15 residential suites to serve individuals age 55 and older with a keen recognition of each individual's privacy.

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