Vail’s Hospital of the Future

From modest beginnings 50 years ago, Vail Valley Medical Center has grown into the world’s most advanced mountain hospital, providing Olympic-quality sports medicine, leading evidence-based research, modern cancer care and extensive cardiology capabilities - all high-quality services with exceptional outcomes. Our community has successfully built an independent, nonprofit medical center that serves our region and visitors from around the world.

VVMC is the 2nd largest employer in Eagle County, keeping 850 jobs local. As a nonprofit, funds don’t go to shareholders or a corporate office outside our region. VVMC revenues are reinvested in the community through better services, healthcare jobs, new physicians, state-of-the-art equipment, improved access, community outreach and charity care.

While the care and services are outstanding, the infrastructure is due for modernization. It is time for the hospital facility in America’s most famous mountain town to catch up with the premier care it provides. Support us in our effort to ensure VVMC’s healthcare ascension continues for the next 50 years. Now is the time to build your Vail hospital of the future.

VVMC Master Facility Plan Scope

With construction scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015 and culminate in 2019, our state-of-the-art medical campus will aim to exceed the expectations of the diverse patients we serve. The facility will directly contribute to improvements in patient care, safety and privacy, and operational efficiencies. Patient access and parking will be dramatically improved by moving the hospital’s main entrance to S. Frontage Rd., increasing parking (including covered parking) and making emergency care more convenient.

The Need

Vail Valley Medical Center has been serving the Town of Vail, Eagle County and guests from around the world for 50 years. Over that time, healthcare has become increasingly complex and the regional population and guest volume have grown substantially.

The medical center has done an outstanding job of evolving with these trends and providing world-class, top-quality care over these five decades, but it is an aging facility.

  • Some buildings are nearing 50 years of age.
  • The basic mechanical and electrical systems are ready for upgrades and replacement.
  • Some of the new services that have been added over the years have been placed where room could be found; sometimes causing disjointed functional relationships between types of services and patient access.  
  • Space is confined, inefficient, and not keeping pace with the state of the industry or with hospitals that have been recently built or renovated in Aspen, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat and other mountain communities.

To address this need, VVMC has proposed a $100 million Master Facility Plan that will make Vail a center of medical excellence and improve the healthcare available to the community and our guests.

Community Benefits

  • An updated, highly-functional hospital that is easy to access and navigate.
  • A new state-of-the-art Emergency Department.
  • An upgraded Patient Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit, providing improved privacy and dignity for patients.
  • A relocated helipad on the medical center campus with direct access to the hospital, eliminating time-consuming transfers of critical patients and newborns.
  • Appropriate medical space for physician groups.
  • Increased parking capacity, including covered parking.
  • A new main entrance off of S. Frontage Road, thereby removing 100% of patient, visitor, emergency and staff traffic from W. Meadow Drive.
  • A new concealed loading zone with an on-site manager to further minimize public impact.  
  • Enhanced appearance to complement the architectural renaissance in the villages and neighborhood.

Documents & Resources

Updates

  • VVMC submitted the final Master Facility Plan Application to the Town of Vail in January 2015.
  • The Master Facility Plan has been unanimously approved by the Planning and Environmental Commission (PEC) and is now in front of the Vail Town Council on the following schedule. Additionally, the West Wing Conditional Use Permit (CUP) has been submitted and will be reviewed by the PEC. Public meetings for the PEC begin at 1 p.m. and Town Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. Agendas will be posted a few days prior to the meetings.
    • Tuesday, March 10: Updated final draft version of the Master Facility Plan to the Town’s website for public review
    • Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.: Town Council - Request for final decision AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE
    • Monday, March 23, 1 p.m.: PEC - West Wing renovation/expansion CUP

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If you would like to hear more about the Master Facility Plan and receive email updates about the project, please email us at build@vvmc.com.