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    • August 31, 2016
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Opens New Intensive Care Unit

    • VAIL, CO—After four months of remodeling, Vail Valley Medical Center’s new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) opened to patients last week. The completion of this project is a milestone in the hospital’s Master Facility Plan, which began in August 2015 with the goal of making Eagle County a center of medical excellence in the region and improving the healthcare available to the community and its guests. “The new Intensive Care Unit is a beautiful, highly functional space for our most critically injured... MORE →
    • August 9, 2016
    • Total Joint Replacement in Eagle County

    • Thanks to the recent arrival of Dr. Nathan Cafferky, residents and visitors suffering from arthritis and other conditions in the hips and knees now have the services of a local total joint surgeon. When David Johnson, for example, learned last year Dr. Cafferky was coming aboard the staff at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, he decided to wait to have his surgery done closer to home rather than travel to Denver. The 46-year-old Grand Junction truck driver, a devoted fisherman and hunter, would begin ea... MORE →
    • July 11, 2016
    • Small Town Feel, Big City Care

    • It's certainly not what many people living in, or visiting, Vail imagine when they find themselves in need of emergency healthcare services — after a skiing or automobile accident, perhaps, or a heart attack — but the care they receive here in this remote mountain community in Colorado rivals that of any large metropolis.  In some cases, it's even better. "Here at VVMC, it's high tech meets high touch; there's really no system quite like it," says Mark Goldstein, director of emergency services... MORE →
    • May 20, 2016
    • Cellular Healing

    • Johnny Huard starts his day with a five-mile run. Like most runners, he loves the endorphins. But the knee pain? Not so much. “I feel it today,” he says, “and I’ll feel it tomorrow.” But he isn’t just gritting his teeth and swallowing ibuprofen. Johnny Huard, Ph.D., regenerative-medicine researcher—is racing toward a remedy. A way to help the body age slower and heal faster. And he’s doing key components of that work in Vail. He is chief scientific officer at Steadman Philippon Research Institu... MORE →
    • May 9, 2016
    • High School Athletes to Receive Free Physicals

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center, The Steadman Clinic and Eagle County Paramedic Services will provide free high school pre-participation physicals for all Eagle County student-athletes on Saturday, May 14 at Battle Mountain High School. Last year, nearly 250 high school boys and girls took advantage of this free offering. “VVMC, The Steadman Clinic and other local medical providers have partnered to offer this service for almost 20 years,” explains Vail Valley Medical Center’s President a... MORE →
    • May 5, 2016
    • The Ever-Evolving Zika Virus

    • This article has been reprinted from the Vail Daily's post on February 15, 2016 written by Kirsten Dobroth. **See below for additional references. The Zika outbreak in Brazil is the latest health emergency to grab the world’s attention. More specifically, the risk Zika may pose to the unborn children of infected mothers is one that has gotten widespread coverage, especially as the virus has spread to other parts of the Americas, and the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are set to bring more ... MORE →
    • May 3, 2016
    • The Heart Of An Emergency

    • Vail Is Where the Heart IsThis is a story about heart—the organ, as well as the will of a man, the hearts of the first responders who saved this man and the heart of a community who hailed everyone involved as their hometown heroes. Peter Roskovich, who experienced a sudden cardiac arrest on Vail Mountain in late March of 2016, was able to fly home to Maryland with his wife one week later. Few people who suffer a complete occlusion of their left anterior descending coronary artery, commonly call... MORE →
    • April 21, 2016
    • Taking a Hit

    • Written by Laura Bell, this article was first published in VVMC's Vail Health Magazine, spring 2016 edition. Free copies are available at newsstands throughout Eagle County. "Raise your hand if you have had a concussion.” Kim Greene, the injury prevention specialist for VVMC’s Trauma Services, frequently asks this question in local classrooms. Five years ago, she was met with blank stares and silence. But today, on average, five students will tentatively lift their hands. Have concussions incr... MORE →
    • April 19, 2016
    • Eat Your Colors

    • Written by Wren Bova, this article was first published in VVMC's Vail Health Magazine, spring 2016 edition. Free copies are available at newsstands throughout Eagle County. As any home economics instructor will tell you, a proper meal includes a balance of colors. That’s not simply because it looks better, though of course it does. It’s one of the best ways to make sure you’re consuming all of the nutrients your body requires to be healthy, fight off illness and prevent future maladies. In term... MORE →
    • April 18, 2016
    • Improve Your Form to Maximize Performance

    • This article was first published in VVMC's Vail Health Magazine, spring 2016 edition. Free copies are available at newsstands throughout Eagle County. Howard Head Sports Medicine's physical therapists Zack Dicristino, MSPT, OCS and Ana Robinson, PT, DPT, OCS demonstrate tips to maximize performance in some of your favorite sports. SWIMMING BY Shauna Nelson, MS, OTR/L Inpatient Occupational Therapist Straight Arm Pull Downs • Using a cable machine with straight bar in the overhead position, s... MORE →