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    • May 23, 2016
    • Paying It Forward—and Coming Full Circle

    • Debbie King Ford wanted to help other women battling breast cancer when Shaw Regional Cancer Center opened in fall 2001. She had undergone a lumpectomy earlier that year at VVMC, followed by radiation in Denver. So she joined the Shaw Outreach Team (SOT), a volunteer group that includes many cancer survivors. SOT’s founders went to Dr. Patty Hardenbergh, the new cancer center’s director, and asked, “What do you need?” “Housing,” Dr. Hardenbergh said. “I’ve got out-of-town patients sleeping in th... MORE →
    • May 23, 2016
    • Can't Keep a Good Man Down

    • Climber Mike Kimmel gripped a tiny ledge with his right fingertips 50 feet up a sheer cliff. His left hand straining up and across for the next hold. Pain tore through his shoulder. Kimmel fell. He didn’t fall far—a rope caught him in midair. But the fall crushed his hopes. An MRI confirmed what he’d suspected instantly: His rotator cuff had torn. Again. “A massive tear,” Kimmel recalls, the third in three years. The first tear had cost him a dream job as a climbing guide in China. The second se... MORE →
    • May 23, 2016
    • Seeking and Finding the Gold Standard

    • Luke O’Brien’s Vail story is modern. Yet it echoes Colorado gold-rush yarns from a century ago. He arrived with a small grubstake, a big work ethic, and a certainty in his bones that destiny awaited in Vail. “In 2000, I was in my last year of physical therapy school in Australia,” he recalls. “It was Christmas break, and I booked a flight to Denver, then caught the first bus to Vail.” Upon arriving, he asked directions to Howard Head Sports Medicine. It was even known Down Under as one of the wo... 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 modificati... 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. Where he is chief scientific officer at Steadman Philippon Research In... MORE →
    • May 20, 2016
    • High Altitude Healing

    • It happened four decades ago. But Dr. Jack Eck’s story still feels fresh—and fitting. His can-do innovation back then represents medicine in the Vail Valley today. In 1974, Jack was a staff doc at “the clinic,” the precursor to Vail Valley Medical Center. He also served as the Vail Ski Patrol’s volunteer medical director. A perfect fit since he’d just returned from Vietnam as a flight surgeon. Jack’s ’Nam duty impacted him deeply. But it also honed his skills in triage and battlefield medicine: ... MORE →
    • May 20, 2016
    • You Gotta Have Heart

    • Rob Monroe was diagnosed with the flu. Despite antibiotics, he kept getting weaker and shorter of breath. “I couldn’t lie down,” he says. “I couldn’t breathe.” So Monroe saw a second doctor. This one ran an EKG. And Monroe couldn’t believe the results. “She said I’d been having heart attacks in my sleep!” The doctor called Vail cardiologist Jerry Greenberg, co-director of VVMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, for a second opinion. Dr. Greenberg urged Monroe to get to the cath lab immediately. “The... MORE →
    • May 9, 2016
    • High School Athletes to Receive Free Physicals

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center, The Steadman Clinic and Eagle County Paramedic Services will provide free high school pre-participation physicals for all Eagle County student-athletes on Saturday, May 14 at Battle Mountain High School. Last year, nearly 250 high school boys and girls took advantage of this free offering. “VVMC, The Steadman Clinic and other local medical providers have partnered to offer this service for almost 20 years,” explains Vail Valley Medical Center’s President an... 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 t... 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 →