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    • September 18, 2013
    • Vail Daily Column: Medical Center a Vital Asset

    • Whether it’s the coffee shop, the grocery store, the farmers’ market or another gathering place, the conversations with friends and neighbors this summer have eventually migrated to the topic of our health. Someone’s knee or shoulder is getting mended, someone else is awaiting an MRI, another acquaintance is preparing for the birth of a child. While the scenarios are plentiful and vast, there’s great comfort in knowing that exceptional health care is located within our town. It’s a tribute to Go... MORE →
    • September 17, 2013
    • Meet Your Doctor: Dennis Lipton, MD

    • A Texas native, Dr. Dennis Lipton is the newest addition to the medical team at Vail Valley Medical Center. Since his college days at Texas A & M, throughout medical school at UT Houston and his residency and ensuing urgent/primary care practices in North Carolina, Dr. Lipton has dreamt of bringing his medical career to a ski town. Finally his wish has come true. Specializing in Internal Medicine, Dr. Lipton sat down to answer a few questions about his field.What exactly does an internal med... MORE →
    • September 11, 2013
    • It's a Dog's Life: Pet Partners Brings Well-Being to Patients at Shaw

    • Snuggling with Becca, a King Charles-Bichon mix, really helped Kimberly Clawson with her homesickness. On April 11, 2012, Kimberly was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer and from that point on, her life was a blur of travel and treatment. She sought care at  Shaw Regional Cancer Center and had a double mastectomy April 23. Next came chemo, then radiation treatment. She was away from home a lot. “Everything happened so fast,” she says. She was missing her husband, missing her kids and missi... MORE →
    • September 9, 2013
    • Keeping it Real: VVMC's New Mobile Simulation Lab

    • Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner was on a tour of the esteemed Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore when she walked by a room that caught her eye. Inside, health care professionals were circled around a human simulator — typically referred to as a manikin — executing a scene that could be occurring in any hospital anywhere in the world. In a matter of seconds, Kirchner was captivated. She told the others in her group to keep going and watched her first simulation sess... MORE →
    • September 5, 2013
    • On-site Physical Therapy Now Available at The Westin Riverfront at Beaver Creek

    • Howard Head Sports Medicine – the official physical therapy provider for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic Team – provides innovative healing techniques performed by highly gifted physical therapists, helping patients rebuild and return to the activities that they love to do.Physical therapy services now available at Howard Head Sports Medicine at The Westin Riverfront include Active Release Technique, Aquatic Therapy, Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy, Oncology Therapy, Post-Operative Therapy, Re... MORE →
    • September 3, 2013
    • Childbirth 101

    • Before attending childbirth classes at Vail Valley Medical Center, Marian and Luke Cartin had a somewhat ominous outlook of the hospital. To them it was simply the clean, cold white box in which people experienced some of life’s most dramatic and emotional moments. The classes, however, prepped and primed the couple for their first born and showed them they were not about to undertake the momentous occasion in robotic, systematic fashion. Rather, they’d be surrounded by warmth, support and know-... MORE →
    • August 30, 2013
    • Surfing for Nutrition?

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. The Internet can be an awesome resource for food and nutrition information; however, not all of it is reliable or credible. Below are some of my favorite nutrition blogs and websites you can trust and might even give you a fresh perspective, inspire you to cook more, or try a new food! Nancy Clark’s blog on sports nutrition: Digestive Nutrition: Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition: Make sense of ... MORE →
    • August 15, 2013
    • Diet & Inflammation

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process following an injury. It’s easy to see inflammation taking place when we have an injury, with the area becoming noticeably red, warm, and swollen although some inflammation is not noticeable. It can occur during infection, immunologic reactions, obesity, poor diet and is sometimes a part of our genetic predisposition. Acute inflammation leads to repair of the ... MORE →
    • August 1, 2013
    • In the Balance

    • Imagine the life a child could grow up to have if he or she spoke multiple languages, played a musical instrument, was a champion skier/rock climber/endurance runner, had pen pals in 14 countries, earned perfect grades … and was so busy achieving things there was no time to sleep, play or just be a kid. In today’s nonstop world, children are encouraged to engage in school and in extra-curricular activities. But there often comes a point when too much pressure can outweigh the benefits of partici... MORE →
    • July 30, 2013
    • Gasping for Air

    • Anyone who has had such a bad coughing fit that they end up gasping for air has an inkling of how serious whooping cough can be. While it may sound like an exotic or outdated disease to some, it’s actually on the rise ­­— particularly in Colorado. This is why the physicians and staff at Vail Valley Medical Center strongly recommend routine immunizations.Whooping cough, or pertussis as it is referenced in medical fields, produces symptoms typical of the common head cold in adults: runny or stuffy... MORE →