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    • October 30, 2012
    • VVMC Appoints New VP of Human Resources

    • Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the addition of Rick Smith to serve as the senior vice president of human resources. “Rick brings over 30 years of experience and leadership skills to VVMC and has proven to build robust, team-oriented work cultures,” said Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center. “As one of the largest employers in Eagle County, we are excited to add Rick to our team and have him lead our extensive HR efforts.” Smith has over three decades of ... MORE →
    • October 27, 2012
    • Breckenridge Resident Thanks Vail Doctors

    • On Saturday, Oct. 20, I was on a bike ride from Breckenridge to Vail and back. Coming down from the top, past the Black Lakes, where the switchbacks in the trees run out to alongside the highway, I must have hit some ice and crashed into an embankment.I banged myself up pretty good and lost consciousness, breaking my helmet and suffering cuts and road rash on my face and shoulder.I was incredibly lucky that doctors Chip and Doug, Vail Valley Medical Center emergency physicians, were out for thei... MORE →
    • October 21, 2012
    • Vail-Summit Orthopaedics Participates in Community Surgery Day

    • It's the little things, like getting in and out of the shower that make day-to-day life difficult for Tim Render, a resident of Breckenridge dealing with an ACL injury for two years. Saturday, Render was given the unique opportunity to get the surgery completed for free.Peak One Surgery Center held its third annual Community Surgery Day Saturday, where vendors donated supplies while approximately 60 health care professionals volunteered their time to conduct 15 surgeries on the under- or uninsur... MORE →
    • October 18, 2012
    • Dr. Peter Millett Performs Surgery to 2,000 Medical Professionals

    • Dr. Peter Millett, orthopaedic shoulder surgeon and director of shoulder surgery for The Steadman Clinic in Vail, recently traveled to London, England for the 4th International Symposium of Surgical and Biological Treatments in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Distal Extremity Pathologies. During the event, Dr. Millett performed a live surgical demonstration implementing a rotator cuff repair technique that was watched live by close to 2,000 gathered medical professionals from all over the worl... MORE →
    • October 16, 2012
    • Breast Cancer Risk: Do Fruits & Veggies Matter?

    • Your mom was always right - we should be eating all of those fruits and vegetables! A recent comprehensive review of research from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) found eating low-fat, and increasing fruits and vegetables does in fact decrease the risk of breast cancer but what veggies and fruit you eat and how they are prepared matters too!  The recent AICR study asked people about their eating habits and then followed them to see if health problems can be linked back to their... MORE →
    • October 11, 2012
    • Cordillera Event Raises $45,000 for Shaw Cancer Center

    • For the ladies of Cordillera, rallying for breast cancer isn't a new thing. They have been putting on Cordillera's Pad the Bra for nine years now. Pad the Bra, held at the home of Craig Foley this year, auctioned off home rentals, a ski day with an Olympian, a week in Bali, golf lessons, a zipline party and more, raising $45,000 for Shaw Regional Cancer Center.“We have all been touched by family and friends with breast cancer and we continue the fight in their honor,” said Pad the Bra co-founder... MORE →
    • October 9, 2012
    • Pretty Up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is popping up all over. Our local firefighters are pink, our local beer (Crazy Mountain Brewery) is pink and our local salons and spas are really pink. Throughout the month of October, Shaw Regional Cancer Center is putting on ‘Pretty in Pink,’ a partnership between Shaw and local salons, spas and other businesses to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to help local women in need with breast cancer diagnosis. Throughout October, t... MORE →
    • October 1, 2012
    • Meant to Be

    • Dr. Barry Hammaker | General SurgeryWHETHER IN A WAR ZONE OR nestled safely in the mountains, Dr. Barry Hammaker puts family first. It was Hammaker’s own father who initially sparked his interest in being a doctor. “My dad was sick, he had a bad back injury when I was a teenager,” Hammaker said. “(Because of this) I got a little introduction to things, both positive and negative, about his care.” Originally from Kansas, Hammaker was a member of the army reserves in college and went to Georgetown... MORE →
    • September 28, 2012
    • Myths Busted: The Flu Vaccine

    • It’s that time again, flu season. Influenza (flu) is a serious, contagious disease that affects thousands of people each year. One of the best ways to prevent contracting the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Unfortunately, each year many people choose to skip vaccination. Below are some of the common excuses for not getting vaccinated.Myth: I got the flu shot before and it made me sick.Busted: The vaccine cannot give you the flu, no matter which way it is administered; shot or nasal spray. The vac... MORE →