Vail Hospital To Take Over Howard Head
Vail Valley Medical Center will take over management of the
Howard Head Sports Medicine clinics later this year. Proaxis Vail
LLC, which had for several years managed the operations at Howard
Head, will end its role Oct. 31.
Vail Valley Medical Center has owned Howard Head Sports Medicine since it was founded by a donation from Head in 1986. The medical center owns the facilities and equipment, and handles billing services for Howard Head's patients in Eagle and Summit counties.
Vail Valley Medical Center has used a service provider for the sports medicine center since 1990. Medical center CEO Doris Kirchner said hospital officials now believe patients can be better served by not extending the third-party contract.
In an emailed statement, Dr. Marc J. Philippon and Dr. J. Richard Steadman, The Steadman Clinic's managing partners, wrote, "The Steadman Clinic physicians and Steadman Philippon Research Institute staff support the new direction that VVMC has decided to take for therapy at Howard Head, and all of our physicians will work to facilitate an orderly transition. We have received assurance from Ms. Kirchner that VVMC will work to the best of its ability with all Howard Head staff who are able and willing to continue after Oct. 31, 2012, to provide the services for which Howard Head has become known. It is our desire to maintain Howard Head's intended legacy."