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    • June 20, 2013
    • Got Visitors?

    • Naturally, not every visitor is fit for a brisk haul up the mountain or an afternoon on the slopes. But because Vail Valley Medical Center is situated closer to the pulse of a resort than most any other topnotch hospital, it seems a shame to deprive visitors of at least some means of exploring the mountains. Mere steps away is the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vail Mountain, so it’s easy to get at least a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling terrain. It doesn’t have to be a hike from bottom to top — but it... MORE →
    • June 19, 2013
    • Ask an Expert

    • Question: I LOVE RUNNING BUT I’M STARTING TO GET PRETTY BEAT UP. DO YOU RECOMMEND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MILES PER WEEK FOR A RECREATIONAL RUNNER?Answer: This is always a challenging question to answer, especially when working with avid runners! There is not a hard and fast number of weekly miles that applies to all individuals regarding the point at which an overuse injury may occur. Through my nearly 20 years of experience, I have appreciated an increase in overuse-type injuries when recreational... MORE →
    • June 10, 2013
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Offers 3D Cancer Prevention

    • When Dr. Janice Ugale first learned of Breast Tomosynthesis about five years ago, she recognized it was the next big breakthrough in breast cancer detection. The breast imaging radiologist knew the new 3D technology had the potential to detect small, hard-to-find cancers much earlier, increasing cancer detection by as much as 40 percent and better diagnostics for dense breasts. She couldn’t wait to offer the groundbreaking technology to patients at the Sonnenalp Breast Center.In May, the Sonnena... MORE →
    • June 3, 2013
    • A Match Made in Medicine

    • On an early autumn morning in 2005, Dr. Terrell Joseph went down on one knee in the swaying basket of a hot air balloon. As the craft began to sail above Minturn, the soon-tobe-local surgeon asked his terrified companion her hand in marriage. “I told him to stop moving around in the basket,” says Dr. Natalie Martin. “I don’t know if the ring and the flowers helped my fear of heights, but I did say yes.” The couple met four years earlier in their respective residency programs in New Orleans — D... MORE →
    • May 29, 2013
    • All Pain Isn’t Created Equal

    • Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience to actual or potential tissue damage. This explains the obvious in that pain is uncomfortable, but also illustrates that pain involves an emotional response to the discomfort. In pain management, we address both the sensory and emotional experiences.All pain is not the same. The experience of pain is an evolutionary adaptation to tell us that something is wrong with our body. How it feels leads doctors to a diagnosis. Pain is clas... MORE →
    • May 29, 2013
    • The Skinny on Skincare

    • SKIN — IT HOLDS IT ALL TOGETHER. As the body’s largest organ, and the most exposed, skin needs a little TLC if it’s going to stay healthy for the long haul. And that’s where Jean Liu Urquhart, M.D., comes in. Both a board certified dermatologist and dermapathologist, Dr. Urquhart works with Mountain Dermatology Specialists in Eagle and Vail. She looks at your skin and it tells her things about its sensitivities and inclinations; she gets it under a microscope and it reveals even more. Most of ... MORE →
    • May 23, 2013
    • Decoding Sports Drinks

    • The perfect sports drink has fluid to keep your blood and muscle cells hydrated, carbohydrate for energy plus sodium and potassium so your heart and other muscles work like a fine tuned machine. Who may benefit from a sports drink?•    If you exercise longer than an hour.  •    The American College of Sports Medicine recommends athletes start drinking sooner than later, every 15-20 minutes. Ditch the Gatorade® and Try these AlternativesAll natural, without dye/food coloring: Carb BOOM! Electro... MORE →
    • May 16, 2013
    • Hospital, Town Collecting Ideas for VVMC Expansion

    • Vail Valley Medical Center’s future includes growth, and the hospital and town are getting a handle on what that looks like. Toward that end, the hospital and town are hosting a series of public input meetings, which began Wednesday. Hospital officials talked a little and listened a lot. They’re early in the master planning phase, and they really do want to know what the community wants in its hospital. For now, officials are trying to figure out where things will go, when they’ll be built an... MORE →
    • May 13, 2013
    • Hospital Site Planning Forum on May 15

    • Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and the Town of Vail are hosting a site planning forum to allow community members to provide input on future campus development. The event will be on May 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in The Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. VVMC has begun work on a new master facility plan for the main campus at 181 West Meadow Drive in Vail. The team, led by nationally-recognized healthcare planning firm Heery International, is currently in the assessment... MORE →
    • April 30, 2013
    • Free Cardiac Screenings

    • The Avon Recreation Center has announced a new program that will offer free blood screenings on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “We have been working with the Vail Valley Medical Center on this wonderful program for the past several years, and it has been a tremendous success and benefit to the community. We look forward to continuing this program well into the future,” said Danita Dempsey, fitness supervisor for the town of Avon. Vail Valley Medical Center rec... MORE →