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    • December 29, 2014
    • Exercises for every age

    • Howard Head Sports Medicine is known for being the best in helping people recover from an injury. But what you may not know is that they also specialize in injury prevention (not just rehabilitation) through exercise. In fact, some of the world’s best athletes train with Howard Head in hopes of avoiding the wear-and-tear injuries that sports often cause. We worked with Howard Head’s Philip Galloway to learn what general injuries are common among age groups and what exercises can be done to comba... MORE →
    • December 23, 2014
    • Get to know new Vail endocrinologist Dr. Rebecca Adochio

    • VAIL — Dr. Rebecca Adochio is Vail Valley Medical Center’s new endocrinologist. She treats all aspects of endocrinology, including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, parathyroid and metabolic bone disorders. Dr. Adochio has expertise in thyroid cancer treatment and ultrasound guided biopsy. She also has a special interest in treating disorders of metabolism and diabetes. Upon completion of her endocrinology fellowship, Dr. Adochio began a position with INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has bee... MORE →
    • December 4, 2014
    • NEW CARDIOLOGY LAB WILL SAVE LIVES

    • VAIL, CO — Three years ago, Dave Bentley was wrapping up a ski day at Vail when he started having pain in his chest. Healthy and active with no history of medical issues, the 65-year-old Cordillera resident assumed it was something he’d eaten for lunch. “It was a ski-with-the-guys day—strong, all-out. We had a late lunch and were halfway down Bear Tree when all of a sudden I started to get a sharp, pressing pain high in my chest,” Bentley recalls. “There was no throbbing, no tingling of the arm... MORE →
    • November 18, 2014
    • A Glance At Your Gland

    • You’re in your 20s and loving life. You ski, hike, bike and get outside to play in the mountains whenever possible. You eat healthily, don’t drink too much and get plenty of sleep. Yet you’re always tired, and you're gaining weight. It just doesn’t make sense.  Does any of this sound familiar? It could be your thyroid.   The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces a hormone affecting many organs in the body, including the heart, liver and muscles. If your thyroid is under producing — a con... MORE →
    • November 18, 2014
    • The Acid Reflux Test

    • “We’d just finished climbing at the rec center in Gypsum,” Jeff Shroll remembers. “I was beating on my chest, complaining about the acid reflux that I’d had for a decade or more. He looked at me and said, ‘I can fix that.’ I said, ‘I’m listening.’” “He” was Dr. Barry Hammaker. The fix was an elective surgery called laparoscopic fundoplication and it changed Jeff Shroll’s life.  Jeff is an active, busy guy. Originally from Grand Junction, he made his way to Gypsum from Crested Butte and has bee... MORE →
    • November 5, 2014
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Is Prepared For Ebola

    • VAIL, CO —While the initial panic over an Ebola outbreak in the United States has begun to subside, Vail Valley Medical Center is prepared. VVMC has partnered with Colorado Mountain Medical, Eagle County Paramedics Services and Eagle County Public Health Department to provide education and formalize policies and procedures to handle the disease should it make its way to Vail. “While the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Vail is extremely low, preparedness is essential,” says Doris Kirchner, VVMC’s ... MORE →
    • November 3, 2014
    • You Could Have Diabetes And Not Even Know It

    • According to the CDC, about 29 million Americans have diabetes. Over 8 million of them don’t even know it. Diabetes is directly responsible for approximately 230,000 deaths annually, and over 300,000 cases of disability. The total cost of diabetes in the US approaches $250 billion annually. Alarmingly, 37% of Americans may be classified as having “pre-diabetes,” which means that if they continue down their current path, in all likelihood they will become diabetic in the coming years. In simple ... MORE →
    • October 28, 2014
    • Hospital Marketing Team Brings Home 8 Awards

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center’s marketing team recently won eight healthcare marketing awards at the 2014 Gold Leaf Awards ceremony in Denver. Awards were given to healthcare communication and marketing professionals throughout Colorado. The VVMC marketing team was recognized for Howard Head’s truck and mobile clinic and print ad campaign, Pink Vail’s 2014 event and website, Vail Health Magazine, the Vail Valley Medical Center brochure and two 30-second healthcare television commercials.... MORE →
    • October 22, 2014
    • Hospital Welcomes New Foundation President

    • Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Daniel Pennington, who will serve as president of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. “Dan brings 25 years of invaluable experience in philanthropy, nonprofit business, and healthcare leadership to VVMC,” said President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “As we embark on building Vail’s hospital of the future, Dan will lead a capital campaign to support this initiative.” Pennington was the senior development director at Mayo Clinic f... MORE →
    • October 7, 2014
    • Phone app enables citizen bystanders to provide life-saving resuscitation

    • VAIL – With a simple alert from your phone, you could help save a life. On Sept. 3, Jeff Olson saved the life of a 1-month-old infant in Spokane, Washington. Olson, a master technician, received a message on his phone that CPR was needed two blocks away from where he worked. Olson, also a volunteer EMT, had recently downloaded the PulsePoint app on his smartphone. Olson raced to the dance store, where 1-month-old Nolan was turning blue and not breathing. Store clerk Lesley Reckord called 911 mi... MORE →