Aspen Valley Hospital’s OrthoAspen practice is entering into a partnership with a New York-based orthopedics group that has been ranked as the No. 1 orthopedic hospital in the nation for the past eight consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.

AVH’s board of directors on Monday approved moving forward with the partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery, a nonprofit institution that dates to 1863. HSS is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and has a main campus in New York City, along with other facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County.

“[OrthoAspen] will adopt HSS best practices standards and leverage its orthopedic resources and capabilities,” according to a press release from AVH. “HSS will provide AVH with services including clinical knowledge transfer, medical staff development, professional education, research and academic programming and practice quality enhancement.”

While HSS doctors will not perform procedures in Aspen, they will work cooperatively with the doctors here to manage orthopedic services available in Aspen, according to Dave Ressler, AVH CEO.

HSS is a “research-focused” institution, with a vast body of literature and experience to draw on, which will ultimately expand the knowledge base of doctors here, Ressler said. 

“There is a population [in Aspen] that is very discerning and mobile. They can go anywhere in the country for the highest quality care,” Ressler said. “What we are doing is positioning ourselves to say the best possible care is here in Aspen.”

Financially, HSS and AVH will “share the risks and rewards of how well this service line grows,” Ressler said. Further, a goal of the partnership is to “focus on efficiencies we can share with the community.”

“This is not a transactional or vendor relationship,” he added. “This is a true partnership.

“The reason they are doing this, it’s not about the money. This is more strategic in nature. They are looking at us as a logical partner given the nature of the community,” Ressler said.

He added that this co-management arrangement with Aspen is unique for HSS. 

The arrangement will be finalized within 30 to 60 days, Ressler said.

Curtis Wackerle is the editor of Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at or on Twitter @CurtisWackerle.