Lauders make substantial donation to AVH

Aspen Daily News Staff Report
The Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation is the recipient of an undisclosed amount of money from the Lauder family, making it possible to have a new patient care facility which includes 16 private rooms.

The pavilion is housed within a new portion of the expanded hospital, which also includes oncology/infusion therapy, rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy), the offices of Aspen Orthopaedic Associates and a new cafeteria.

The remainder of phase two, which will be completed in late summer, includes a new intensive care unit, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, same-day surgery, physician offices and improvements to admissions.

The gift from The Lauder Foundation — Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund — to the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation is the first substantial contribution to its capital campaign. The Lauder family has requested that the amount of their financial donation not be disclosed.

AVH established the foundation to oversee all charitable giving to the hospital for priority programs, enhanced patient care services, new technologies and facility improvements.

The foundation is finalizing preparations for the formal launch of a capital campaign to support the completion of its master facilities plan.

The new facility has been named The Evelyn H. Lauder Patient Care Pavilion, in memory of Evelyn Lauder, who died in November.

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1936 and married to Leonard A. Lauder in 1959, Mrs. Lauder was the senior corporate vice president of The Estée Lauder Companies, where she left an enduring legacy of innovation and global product development.

Mrs. Lauder was known for her dedication to philanthropy. She supported a variety of charitable institutions devoted to health and human services, education and inner city schools, the environment, women’s causes and the arts.

Mrs. Lauder might be most well known for bringing global awareness to women’s health issues. In 1992 she co-founded the Pink Ribbon, now widely recognized as the worldwide symbol of breast health.

The Lauder family has been a part of the Aspen community dating back to the 1970s. Leonard, as well as his sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, are all part-time Aspen residents.

Mrs. Lauder’s affinity for the outdoors and natural beauty of Aspen is captured in the selection of her photographs that also were donated by The Lauder Foundation to AVH. This collection of 78 photographs taken by Mrs. Lauder over the course of 30 years features natural settings, mostly in and around Aspen, that were meaningful to her.