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    • January 6, 2016
    • Annual Dinner Dance Celebrates Hospital's 50th Anniversary

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center commemorated its 50-year anniversary in 2015, and what better way to culminate the celebration than an event that has supported the hospital’s initiatives and growth for the past 35 years? The Family Dinner Dance is a tradition that brings over 460 guests of all ages together for an evening of delicious food, lively bidding, dancing and family fun. All proceeds from this year’s event will help fund research, education and patient care at Howard Head Sports M... MORE →
    • January 5, 2016
    • VVMC and Starting Hearts Partner to Place 50 DEFIBS in Eagle County

    • Vail, CO – Eagle County is becoming the safest place in America to experience sudden cardiac arrest. A recent announcement of a partnership between Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and local nonprofit Starting Hearts will place 50 additional Automated External Defibrillators (DEFIBS) throughout Eagle County over the next two years. The initiative, which will boost the total number of public DEFIBS in the community to close to 350, will also include increased awareness and education about cardia... MORE →
    • December 8, 2015
    • 6 Ways To Avoid Antibiotic Overuse

    • Antibiotics can save lives, but overuse poses a serious threat to the human body. Vail Valley Medical Center collaborated with seven Colorado hospitals on a two-year study, which followed 533 children and adults hospitalized for soft tissue infections. It was one of four major recent studies VVMC contributed to by measuring antibiotic prescription practices in both rural and metropolitan Colorado regions, evaluating how the state is doing overall. The research strongly indicated doctors are c... MORE →
    • December 2, 2015
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Earns "Top Performer" Recognition

    • Vail Valley Medical Center has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. Having earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission this summer, VVMC recently received additional recognition as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure perform... MORE →
    • November 9, 2015
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Earns Communications Awards

    • VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center was recently awarded the Colorado Nonprofit Project of the Year for Pink Vail at the Colorado Healthcare Communicator’s Gold Leaf Awards in Denver. Pink Vail also won a Gold Leaf Award in the large event category, and the hospital was awarded five Silver Leaf awards, placing at the top of each category. Evaluated by a panel of statewide judges representing hospitals, nonprofit organizations and marketing and public relations professionals, Pink Vail, the world’... MORE →
    • November 2, 2015
    • Diet & Inflammation

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RDN, CDE is a registered dietitian nutritionist and diabetes educator at Vail Valley Medical Center. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process following an injury. Sometimes, it’s easy to see inflammation take place with an area becoming noticeably red, warm, and swollen. Other times, it's not visible and can occur during infection, immune reactions, obesity, poor diet and is sometimes a part of our genetic predisposition. Acute inflammation (i.e. muscle t... MORE →
    • November 2, 2015
    • Surfing for Nutrition?

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. The Internet can be an awesome resource for food and nutrition information; however, not all of it is reliable or credible. Below are some of my favorite nutrition blogs and websites you can trust and might even give you a fresh perspective, inspire you to cook more, or try a new food! Digestive Nutrition: Sports Nutrition  Wellness Cardiovascular Nutrition Make sense of nutrition in the news: Quick and e... MORE →
    • October 27, 2015
    • Mountains of Discovery

    • Jason Moore, PhD, PA knows that not everything we abide by in the world of medicine is irrefutable fact. Actually, disputing common practices and finding better ways to provide treatment is a passionate side project for some local doctors and therapists whose discoveries are making a significant impact locally, regionally and nationally, too. “If you want someone to change their perspectives, especially in the medical field, you have to provide evidence-based research,” Moore says. “Medical myt... MORE →
    • October 6, 2015
    • Hip strengthening exercises for ski season

    • It’s fall, and the winter season will soon force change in our active lives. The shoulder season is a great time to train for the different activities ahead — like skiing and snowboarding. The demands on our bodies change as we transition to snow sports. So, put the time in now, and prepare your body for a safe and fun winter season. When considering snow sports, it’s obvious that downhill skiing and snowboarding can involve the biggest risks. These activities cause the majority of injuries I ... MORE →
    • September 17, 2015
    • Help For Chronic Pain

    • Chronic pain hurts, not just physically, but also emotionally. But there is hope. Customized, specific interventions, as well as overall lifestyle approaches, can make an enormous difference in the quality of life of people with pain. Since chronic pain affects various aspects of a person’s life — physical, mental, emotional and social — therapists at Howard Head Sports Medicine aim to reprogram both the physical and mental realms, which, in turn, affect the emotional and social. Chronic pain ... MORE →