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    • 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 →
    • October 2, 2014
    • Doctors Urge Virus Precautions

    • EAGLE COUNTY — Coughs, fevers and stuffy noses — Eagle pediatrician Dr. Janet Engle has been seeing it through the summer, and she said she expects to keep seeing it as winter approaches. “It could make for a more severe flu season,” said Engle, who works with Colorado Mountain Medical. Dr. Jeff Brown, the director of the pediatric hospitalists program at Vail Valley Medical Center, is reporting the same thing — an uptick in kids coming in with severe upper respiratory infections, a trend that... MORE →
    • September 23, 2014
    • Will Large Trucks Still Ply Meadow Drive?

    • Scott Miller | The Vail Daily As Vail Valley Medical Center plans its future — a likely $100 million renovation program — Meadow Drive is drawing a lot of attention. Specifically, town and medical center officials are trying to find a way to get as much traffic as possible off the few blocks between Vail Road and the hospital.The Vail Planning and Environmental Commission on Monday spent more than two hours wrestling with the ideas contained in a comprehensive plan for the medical center that a... MORE →
    • September 18, 2014
    • Pink Vail Funds Help Patients Tackle Rough Waters

    • Edwards, CO—Many people would fervently disagree with Dana Clark when she says, “I don’t look at having cancer as a bad thing.” But others who have participated in Shaw Regional Cancer Center’s survivorship programs – from gentle yoga in a studio at Jack’s Place to hut trips up Shrine Pass – understand where she’s coming from. Clark, from Craig, CO, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Following her radiation treatments at Shaw Regional Cancer Center, where she was able to stay at Ja... MORE →
    • September 15, 2014
    • Hike, Wine & Dine on September 21

    • Vail, CO—Have you ever taken a water break on a hike, only to be wined and dined by Beaver Creek’s top chefs? If you attended last year’s Hike, Wine & Dine, then perhaps that was the last time you sampled gourmet nibbles and sips while taking in the spectacular views from Beaver Creek Mountain at the peak of leaf-peeping season! The sixth annual Hike, Wine & Dine on Sunday, September 21 is your chance to turn a fall hike into an epicurean experience. With proceeds benefiting Jack’s Plac... MORE →