Aspen, Colorado has won the Sister Cities International 2019 AWARD FOR BEST OVERALL PROGRAM for a city with a population less than 10,000. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.
Aspen Bariloche Medical Exchange Program has won the Sister Cities International 2018 AWARD FOR BEST PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL EXCHANGE for a city with a population less than 25,000.
The Aspen Bariloche Medical Exchange Program is an ongoing program whose mission is to improve patient care in the communities of Bariloche and Aspen through the exchange of medical personnel, education and equipment donations. The basis of the program is the exchange of medical professionals from the communities of Aspen, Colorado and San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Each year a group of doctors and other medical professionals from Bariloche’s public hospital travel to Aspen for a week of peer study. This takes place at Aspen Valley Hospital and at other local health providers. Later in the year, medical professionals from Aspen travel to Bariloche to work in the public Hospital Zonal Ramón Carrillo. The program is made possible by the financial support of the Aspen Sports Medical Foundation and with the collaboration of Aspen Valley Hospital along with many other health providers in the Roaring Fork Valley. The program has been ongoing since 2003.