News

    • 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 eac... 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 a... MORE →
    • June 28, 2016
    • The power of positivity

    • This article was written by Kirsten Dobroth and originally ran in the Vail Daily on June 28, 2016 Shaw Regional Cancer Center offers a plethora of programs, such as yoga, to help incorporate more individualized aspects of treatment into a patient's plan.   When it comes to healing, there’s an intangible quality that positivity brings to the table. Part of that positivity comes from the environment that patients are part of when beginning down the path of a longer treatment program for chronic ... MORE →
    • June 27, 2016
    • Understanding Women's Heart Health

    • This article was written by Kirsten Dobroth and originally ran in the Vail Daily on June 21, 2016. In a public service announcement for the American Heart Association, actress Elizabeth Banks plays a mother going through her morning getting her children and husband ready for the day, along with finishing up her notes for a work meeting later that morning. As Banks runs from one part of the house to the other preparing sandwiches and packing backpacks, she begins to perspire before grabbing her ... MORE →
    • June 21, 2016
    • Increasing the Odds

    • VAIL, CO — While Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the nation’s leading cause of unexpected death, only one out of 35 Eagle County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars was equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (DEFIB)—until now. Thanks to a partnership between Starting Hearts and Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC), seven DEFIBS were recently placed in Eagle County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars with the intent to save lives. This signifies a big step in making Eagle County the safest place in Amer... MORE →
    • May 20, 2016
    • Slim for Survival

    • Holli Snyder has always exercised, but maintaining an ideal weight was a challenge. Until now. Slim for Survival gave her the tools to reach her weight goal – and stay there. Slim for Survival is a new weight-loss program just for cancer survivors. “We created Slim for Survival because we recognized there weren’t resources for patients who needed to lose weight,” says Renea Nilsson, program coordinator. Slim for Survival incorporates nutrition education, physical activity and behavior modifica... 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 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 →