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    • September 26, 2012
    • Medical Gifts for Uganda

    • One man’s treasure is another man’s trash, so the saying goes. Not that the X-ray machine was really trash; it had helped countless patients over the years. But as Vail Valley Medical Center upgraded the machine to newer digital technology in 2007, this machine, now considered “end of life,” had no home. However, Vail Valley Medical Center’s Director of Imaging, Giselle Riden, had a better idea. She knew of a place where it would indeed become a treasure: Uganda.In August, Mountains of the Moon ... MORE →
    • September 24, 2012
    • Those Were the Days

    • Ask a bunch of local doctors about starting the hospital and you get stories. Like the time a guy shot himself in the heart with a nail gun. Or when a father accidentally shot his son in the head. (We'll give away the ending: The kid was fine.) Or trips to Denver in an ambulance loaded with patients on the way down, and loaded with Big Macs on the way back. "A lot of the medical community has been around for decades. That's been a huge asset for the community," said Dr. Jon Feeney. Dr. Kent ... MORE →
    • September 10, 2012
    • VVMC Earns Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

    • VVMC has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality ... MORE →
    • September 5, 2012
    • How to Stay Healthy at Altitude

    • Moving on up isn't always so comfortable. High-altitude living can bring about physical stresses, and it's important to assist your body in adjusting to mountain elevations. Pam Westfall is a registered nurse at Vail Valley Medical Center. As an employee health nurse for the center, she offers new hires at VVMC resources for making the altitude adjustment. "Some who have lived at lower elevations may experience a period of physical adjustment to the higher elevation," said Westfall. Here are... MORE →
    • August 20, 2012
    • Is Your Child’s Heart Sports Ready?

    • When a high school football player died of sudden cardiac death, it shook a community. When an Olympic favorite in volleyball died in the same tragic way it shook a world. Every year, 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest each year, estimates the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although sudden cardiac death is rare, it should be taken serious. Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC), along with a group of committed doctors are pooling their expertise and the latest technology... MORE →
    • August 13, 2012
    • 10 Under 60

    • While waiting at the Vail Valley Medical Center, consider popping out into town and enjoying some of the things that help define Vail. As far as hospitals go, Vail Valley Medical Center is a pretty nice place to wait. The committed volunteer corps and cheery staff make it an easy place to be, whether you’re worried about a friend or family member or simply waiting for them to be done with an appointment. But if you don’t want to hang around the hospital, there are certainly advantages to being a... MORE →
    • August 2, 2012
    • Building a Better Kind of Care

    • For some people, having surgery in a place other than a hospital might sound like a strange idea. But that's the intention behind Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Owned by the Vail Valley Medical Center and local surgeons, Vail Valley Surgery Center is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) which opened in Vail in 2002. VVMC recently built a second ASC facility at their Edward's campus, which opened on June 11th.   Cutting costs and increasing efficiency An ASC is designed for outpatient surgeri... MORE →
    • July 30, 2012
    • 'We're Off to the Races Now,' Developer Says

    • We know a lot about the town of Vail's plans for a new municipal building. We're about to learn a lot more about plans for the structure that will be next door. The whole idea of redeveloping the municipal building property started when officials from the Vail Valley Medical Center and doctors from The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute proposed a new office building on the western part of the land. Negotiations started, studies were done, and meetings public and ... MORE →
    • July 30, 2012
    • Vail Hospital To Take Over Howard Head

    • Vail Valley Medical Center will take over management of the Howard Head Sports Medicine clinics later this year. Proaxis Vail LLC, which had for several years managed the operations at Howard Head, will end its role Oct. 31. Vail Valley Medical Center has owned Howard Head Sports Medicine since it was founded by a donation from Head in 1986. The medical center owns the facilities and equipment, and handles billing services for Howard Head's patients in Eagle and Summit counties. Vail Valley... MORE →
    • July 20, 2012
    • VVMC Named to ‘Best Hospitals in Colorado’

    • Vail Valley Medical Center was recently named one of the "Best Hospitals in Colorado" by US News & World Report. VVMC was the only mountain hospital to earn this designation and scored high in many categories including patient safety and commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. According to US News & World Report, of the 100 hospitals in the state of Colorado, only 17 were honored with the distinction of 'Best Hospitals in Colorado'. VVMC was also honored with the designat... MORE →