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    • April 30, 2015
    • A Gentle Approach to Cesarean Birth

    • When Edwards resident Tiffany Oetting went into labor at Vail Valley Medical Center, having a Cesarean birth, or C-section, was “not part of the birth plan.” The necessity of the surgery became apparent when her labor stalled. She shared, “I was scared and disappointed that I could not give birth the way I wanted to.” “When I knew I would have to be in the operating room, it really scared me,” Oetting said. “But the nurses, doctors and anesthesiologist assured me that they would do their best to... MORE →
    • April 9, 2015
    • Anthem & Vail Valley Medical Center Offer New Health Plan to Local Businesses

    • VAIL, CO—Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) has announced the expansion of its new lower cost mountain health plan, created in partnership with Vail Valley Medical Center, to large and small group employers. In January, Anthem began selling a new health plan in collaboration with VVMC to individuals purchasing insurance on and off the Colorado health exchange marketplace. The expansion now allows small and large employers in Vail to purchase Anthem’s Mountain Enhanced HMO pla... MORE →
    • April 1, 2015
    • Vail Council Approves Medical Center Plan

    • VAIL — An ambitious project to redevelop Vail Valley Medical Center’s Vail campus cleared an important hurdle Tuesday, when the Vail Town Council voted 6-0 — council member Greg Moffet was absent — to approve a master plan for the work. Approval of the plan isn’t the final step in the town’s approval process. A detailed plan for expanding and renovating the west wing of the hospital is now being reviewed by the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission. That town board is expected to give its ... MORE →
    • March 31, 2015
    • Measles Outbreak Raises Concern, Awareness

    • This past January, national news outlets spread word of a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California. This breaking story was shocking to many, as measles had previously been declared eliminated in the U.S. in the year 2000. “The measles outbreak raises concerns about vaccination rates across the country and how both children and adults should best protect themselves from getting measles,” said Vail Valley Medical Center’s President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “Our experts agree vaccin... MORE →
    • March 30, 2015
    • Pink Vail Exceeds Goals, Again

    • VAIL — As the annual Pink Vail celebration dazzles the eyes with an explosion of color every spring, it also baffles the mind with its fundraising success. The total raised at this year’s event — the world’s largest ski day in support of cancer — was nearly $700,000 as of 4 p.m. Saturday. “We are overwhelmed by the incredible enthusiasm and support (the event receives),” Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner said during Saturday’s festivities. Bringing in people from all... MORE →
    • March 30, 2015
    • Hospital Partners on Nutrition Program

    • VAIL — Everyone’s been told that “eating healthy” is a key component to losing and maintaining a healthy weight — but what does “eating healthy” mean for you individually? That’s a question that Benjamin Stone, owner of Sigma Coaching in Vail, wants to answer, and his methods have caught the attention of the Vail Valley Medical Center. According to Stone, a physiologist, weight and health don’t just depend on how many calories you’re consuming, but what you’re eating and how your body is burnin... MORE →
    • March 16, 2015
    • Watch Your Back: Get A Colonoscopy

    • VAIL, CO—March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but how much do you really want to be aware of your colon? Answer: enough to keep it cancer free. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable, and men and women over 50 are encouraged to get a colonoscopy every 10 years to find polyps—benign, or noncancerous, clumps of cells—before they become cancerous. Those with a family history of colon cancer should consider screening before age 50. Dr. John Schultz is a surgeon with Mounta... MORE →
    • February 23, 2015
    • Vail helipad plan gets detailed hearing

    • A plan for renovations and additions at Vail Valley Medical Center is big, ambitious and, in some ways, controversial. At this point, many of the questions about the plan are about a proposed new helipad at the site. The Vail Town Council Tuesday got its first look at details for the proposed pad, and medical center officials brought a number of people to talk about current plans. The helipad is just part of the overall master facilities plan being reviewed by town officials. The plan has alrea... MORE →
    • February 23, 2015
    • Expert Traveler Tips

    • It doesn’t take much to feel off balance when you’re on the road (or in a plane or on a train). When we change our physical environment, slightly or dramatically, we can be more sensitive to physical ailments — without the benefit of our existing healthcare structure. Sometimes you can’t avoid an adventure that’s a little under-the-weather, but you can plan ahead and be prepared for the issues you’re most likely to encounter. 1. MOTION SICKNESS Lucia London, advanced registered nurse practitio... MORE →
    • February 5, 2015
    • Vail hospital plan start council review

    • VAIL — Just planning a series of big changes to Vail’s hospital has taken more than two years. The actual building could be finished by 2019. The Vail Town Council, and the public, are taking their final looks at a master facility plan for Vail Valley Medical Center. That plan, if approved, will then launch a $100 million renovation plan at the hospital’s current home, on roughly five acres along West Meadow Drive between Vail Village and Lionshead. The hardest part of the project is the fact ... MORE →