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    • 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 31, 2014
    • Where will Vail hospital's helipad sit?

    • VAIL — Air ambulance service into and out of Vail isn’t frequent, but it is important. Where to land those helicopter flights is a big part of Vail Valley Medical Center’s future facilities plan. There was one flight from Vail to another hospital about once every five days in 2013. Those flights now land and take off from a site just to the west of the town of Vail’s municipal campus. Those flights can be complicated for patients, medical staff and people who happen to be driving on the town’s ... 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 30, 2014
    • Get To Know Women's Health Specialist Tania Engle, PA, Internal Medicine

    • Vail Valley Medical Center is pleased to introduce Tania Engle, a physician assistant (PA) specializing in women's health and chronic disease such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and asthma. Tania received her biological chemistry degree from Bates College and her masters of science from the University of New England. Tania works out of the Edwards office and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Q: Tell us about your background. A: I have been a physician assistant (PA) for 12 ye... MORE →
    • September 26, 2014
    • Drs. Abbott & Shultz Honored with Physician Awards

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center president and CEO Doris Kirchner honored the 2014 winners of the Physician of the Year and Rising Star awards, presented to Drs. Abbott and Schultz, respectively. Dr. Mindy Cooper, vice president of the Medical Staff, recently presented the awards at an annual ceremony. Each year, medical staff members nominate their colleagues for physician awards, and winners are chosen by their peers, physician leadership and hospital administration. Over 200 Vail Valley... 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 →