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    • December 20, 2012
    • VVMC Now Offers Pharmacy Delivery

    • Vail Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce a new prescription delivery service. Delivery is now available from the Eagle Valley Pharmacy in the Vail Village and the Edwards Pharmacy during regular business hours, including weekends and holidays. “The service is for the convenience of our patients, both locals and our visiting guests,” said Stu Read, Pharmacy director at Vail Valley Medical Center.  Deliveries can be made to a hotel front desk or concierge, as well as homes and businesse... MORE →
    • December 11, 2012
    • VVMC's Cafe Is 2nd on "9 Hospitals with Food That's Worth Eating" List

    • Vail Valley Medical Center's Remedies Café is second on the "The Daily Meal's" list of "9 Hospitals with Food That's Worth Eating." Following is the article and a link to the slide show featuring VVMC. When faced with the prospect of an extended hospital stay, there’s not much worth looking forward to, if anything at all. There are the needles, the shared rooms, the backside-baring gowns (brr!), the sight of things you were hoping not to see, and the general desire to be anywhere but there. And... MORE →
    • December 7, 2012
    • How The Docs Do It: Physicians Share Their Personal Wellness Routines

    • Doctors don't just concern themselves with others’ health and wellness: They practice what they preach. The Vail Valley is fairly small to have such an elite team of healthcare providers. But they, like most of the county’s population, are interested in living active, healthy lives, and Vail is the perfect place to do it. Read on to discover some of the medical community’s busiest physicians’ wellness priorities. Dr. Jeff Brown, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist What are some ways that you maintain yo... MORE →
    • December 3, 2012
    • A Two-Way Street: Doctors & Ski Patrollers Learn From One Another On & Off the Hill

    • When Dr. Jack Eck first became involved with Vail’s medical training for ski patrol in the ‘70s, the resort became a leader amongst its peers. Since then, Vail’s training and education programs for patrollers have evolved and grown. Much of that has to do with the types of skiers who are attracted to the resorts, said Eck, doctor of internal medicine and medical adviser to the Vail Ski Patrol. “As the ski industry got busier, we invited more affluent people here that weren’t in that great of sh... MORE →
    • November 23, 2012
    • Eagle Woman Reconnects with the EMT Who Saved Her Life

    • For the past 30 years, Barb Schierkolk has approached Thanksgiving with profound gratitude for the most basic of blessings — her life. Back in 1982 Schierkolk was the young mother of Dustin, 3, and MaLinda, 10 months. She and her husband Bill were residing in Westminster but they were on a hunting trip with seven other friends, camping on Yarmony Mountain in northern Eagle County. On Nov. 6, 1982, Schierkolk's life changed forever when she was accidentally shot. Between being pregnant and at hom... MORE →
    • November 6, 2012
    • Letter to the Editor: Research on Surgery Led Me to Dr. Millett

    • I was recently scheduled to have a total shoulder reversal, an obviously complex and painful surgery. Prior to the surgery, I spent time researching the best doctors and hospitals across the country and found Dr. Peter Millett and the Vail Valley Medical Center. I traveled from Iowa to have Dr. Millett and his professional team conduct my surgery. My surgery went exceptionally well, and the compassionate care I received from doctors and staff was remarkable. I could not have been happier with th... MORE →
    • November 2, 2012
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Brings Home Five Gold Leaf Awards

    • Vail Valley Medical Center’s marketing team brought five awards home to Vail from the 2012 Gold Leaf Award ceremony on October 18th in Denver. In their first year entering the competition, the team, consisting of director of marketing Michael Holton, communications and publications manager Lindsay Warner, online marketing manager Emily Tamberino, special events manager Christine Albertson, videographer/photographer Kevin Heinz and physician liaison Byron Morris, were “pleasantly surprised and gr... MORE →
    • 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 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 →