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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 25, 2012
    • Dr. Peter J. Millett Honored as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly

    • Dr. Peter J. Millett, orthopedic shoulder surgeon and director of shoulder surgery for The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, was recently awarded the Castle Connolly Top Doctors™ award. This prestigious honor is the result of a lengthy and thorough selection process that begins with surveys of physicians and healthcare professionals through the U.S.

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    • 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 7, 2012
    • Cassat Joins Steadman Clinic

    • The Steadman Clinic, an orthopedic clinic with facilities located in Vail and Frisco, has hired Dr. Michael Cassat to join its specialized team of physicians. Cassat brings a family medicine and primary care sports medicine background to the clinic. He treats patients from all walks of life who present with joint pain, minor ligament injuries, sprains and minor fractures. With a focus on sports-related injuries, chronic overuse injuries, and conditions that occur as the result of sports traini... 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 →
    • September 3, 2012
    • Gearing Up: Doc Offers Ski and Board Sale Shopping Advice

    • If it happens on snow, you can bet Tom Hackett has tried it.An orthopedic surgeon with Vail's Steadman Clinic, Hackett also serves as physician for the U.S. Snowboard Team and the U.S. Ski Team, and consultant to the Colorado Rockies.It follows that the doctor is himself an athlete. Yes, he skis and snowboards, but Hackett also just completed a swim of the English Channel, sharks and all.So while Labor Day sales of all kinds unfold throughout the retail industry, Hackett is well-positioned to of... MORE →
    • August 31, 2012
    • Vail Doc Swims English Channel

    • If you're Dr. Tom Hackett, swimming the English Channel is the second most fun you can have in the dark.It really was a dark and stormy night when Hackett, orthopaedic surgeon with the Steadman Clinic, swam 34 miles across the English Channel in 62 degree water, starting at 3 a.m. in 6-foot seas that tossed him around like the flotsam he kept colliding with.Through the first four hours or so, he stopped every 10 or 15 minutes to vomit and wretch from the seasickness.“It was miserable. I loved it... MORE →
    • August 27, 2012
    • The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group Donates $50,000 for Diagnostic Tests

    • The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG) is pleased to announce the creation of the GAP Fund - $50,000 has been donated to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center for those who need additional diagnostic tests. "Unlike donations that we have previously made that are spread over several years - we want the money to be used in one year," says Kristin Kenney Williams, president of the VBCAG. Williams continued: "We were shocked to learn that many wo... MORE →