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    • 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 →
    • September 26, 2012
    • Snedeker's Wins Come After Vail Surgery

    • How many career-changing events can you have in one year? Four and counting, if you are professional golf star Brandt Snedeker.Snedeker had hip surgery at the Steadman Clinic in November of 2011, won a PGA tournament 90 days later at Torrey Pines, was named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team early in September, and won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup on Sunday in Atlanta... MORE →
    • 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 →