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To our health

EDITORIAL

The year 2004 has sped by, as they all seem to do. As we pause for a minute to think about the year in news, we keep coming back to the heralded construction of a new hospital.Summit County has never had a traditional hospital, a glaring fact for those who have found themselves driving over either Vail Pass or Eisenhower Tunnel for medical care.St. Anthony’s Hospitals’ commitment to invest in a new facility, to replace it’s Summit Medical Center, is a historic step forward in improving our quality of life.More than that, as our friend and real estate broker Eddie O’Brien points out, the new hospital will be an economic generator the likes we have yet to appreciate, and Frisco is in the catbird’s seat.The facility, located behind the County Commons near Frisco, is out of sight from Highway 9 traffic, but hardly out of mind. It is scheduled to open next December.Still to come are final plans and construction for a new doctors’ office building next to it.So, as the year ends, we salute the Board of County Commissioners, who made the hospital deal happen with their bargaining chip of public land, as well as St. Anthony’s, and everyone on their staffs.


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