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To the community served by Eagle County Paramedic Services,
The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is the largest infrastructure project on the Western Slope in 25 years. Considerable delays and substantially increased travel times to Glenwood Springs are anticipated.
At ECPS, the patient’s choice of hospital is important to us. However, we have been forced to make changes in our hospital destination protocol to ensure your health care needs and the needs of the community are met. Currently, down-valley patients have their choice of destination between the area hospitals. These include Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Centura Urgency Center in Avon, and Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail.
Due to the Grand Avenue Bridge project, Valley View Hospital may not be a viable destination for us until the project is completed. Your health care needs potentially could be impacted by a delay in getting to an appropriate facility. We will closely monitor the construction situation and may change this temporary policy if the traffic impact is not as expected.
It is our sincere goal to take the best possible care of our patients, their families, and the entire community. Thank you for understanding this temporary change in our practice.