News

    • May 21, 2015
    • The Freedom To Play

    • The vail area provides plenty of prime playground space for kids and adults, alike. With a mountain environment that offers year-round opportunities for outdoor sports and a rich, creative culture that allows children the chance to take art classes, music lessons, and more, it’s not difficult to fill their schedules with nonstop activity. But chances are that if you’re feeling the pressure of being busy, your kids are feeling it, too.  There’s no disputing the fact that children need playtime, a... MORE →
    • May 21, 2015
    • High School Athletes Receive Free Physicals

    • VAIL, CO — Nearly 250 high school boys and girls received free physical exams on Saturday from volunteer physicians and athletic trainers from Vail Valley Medical Center and The Steadman Clinic. Runners, skiers, dancers, football and ice hockey players were screened for vision and hearing; heart, blood pressure and pulse; as well as general health, and all incoming freshmen received baseline testing for concussions. In addition, the student athletes and their parents received education on injury... MORE →
    • May 21, 2015
    • Head Start - Best Breakfast Foods to Fuel Your Body

    • The best way to start the day is with something healthy,” says internist Dr. Dennis Lipton. We know this intuitively, but when it comes to choosing from traditional breakfasts, which range from eggs and bacon to blueberry muffins and cereal, it’s tricky to nail down the best start. But with a little knowledge, it’s fairly simple — and can even be quite delicious! The overall goal is to obtain most of your calorie intake through unprocessed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legume... MORE →
    • May 7, 2015
    • The Sugar Spectrum

    • Healthy and active as most of us are in the Vail Valley, we rarely worry about the amount of sugar we’re consuming. Chug a Mountain Dew for a little pick-me-up? We figure we’ll burn it off after a few powder turns. If we’re bonking or feeling exhausted, we often think it’s because we went hard on the mountain. Most of us don’t think it could have something to do with our overall blood sugar, and we certainly don’t consider diabetes, especially if we watch what we eat and exercise regularly. Ac... MORE →
    • May 7, 2015
    • Happy Feet

    • Here in the mountains, we jam our feet into stiff ski boots, hammer them on hikes, and squeeze them into tiny climbing shoes. What are some common ailments of the active community and why is it so important to take care of our feet? “Our feet form the base of our upright existence,” explains Dr. John Paul Elton, a Harvard-trained foot and ankle specialist with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. “Whether we are walking, running or standing, it is our feet that support our bodies, help us balance and prop... MORE →
    • May 5, 2015
    • Several Lives Saved At New Cath Lab

    • VAIL — A few years ago, the National Ski Areas Association released numbers confirming the existence of something to which many here have enjoyed contributing: an aging skier population. It said the average age of skiers and snowboarders jumped from 33.2 to 36.5 in just 10 years, the proportion of visitors aged 45 to 54 has increased from 14 to 19.9 percent and the proportion of visitors aged 55 to 64 has almost doubled from 4.6 to 9.2 percent. As that demographic shifts, however, it also begi... MORE →
    • April 30, 2015
    • A Gentle Approach to Cesarean Birth

    • When Edwards resident Tiffany Oetting went into labor at Vail Valley Medical Center, having a Cesarean birth, or C-section, was “not part of the birth plan.” The necessity of the surgery became apparent when her labor stalled. She shared, “I was scared and disappointed that I could not give birth the way I wanted to.” “When I knew I would have to be in the operating room, it really scared me,” Oetting said. “But the nurses, doctors and anesthesiologist assured me that they would do their best t... MORE →
    • April 9, 2015
    • Anthem & Vail Valley Medical Center Offer New Health Plan to Local Businesses

    • VAIL, CO—Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) has announced the expansion of its new lower cost mountain health plan, created in partnership with Vail Valley Medical Center, to large and small group employers. In January, Anthem began selling a new health plan in collaboration with VVMC to individuals purchasing insurance on and off the Colorado health exchange marketplace. The expansion now allows small and large employers in Vail to purchase Anthem’s Mountain Enhanced HMO pl... MORE →
    • April 1, 2015
    • Vail Council Approves Medical Center Plan

    • VAIL — An ambitious project to redevelop Vail Valley Medical Center’s Vail campus cleared an important hurdle Tuesday, when the Vail Town Council voted 6-0 — council member Greg Moffet was absent — to approve a master plan for the work. Approval of the plan isn’t the final step in the town’s approval process. A detailed plan for expanding and renovating the west wing of the hospital is now being reviewed by the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission. That town board is expected to give its ... MORE →
    • March 31, 2015
    • Measles Outbreak Raises Concern, Awareness

    • This past January, national news outlets spread word of a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California. This breaking story was shocking to many, as measles had previously been declared eliminated in the U.S. in the year 2000. “The measles outbreak raises concerns about vaccination rates across the country and how both children and adults should best protect themselves from getting measles,” said Vail Valley Medical Center’s President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “Our experts agree vaccin... MORE →