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    • September 12, 2014
    • VVMC Partners with Anthem to Offer New Affordable Mountain Health Plan

    • VAIL, CO – In an effort to address high health insurance premiums in Eagle and Summit Counties, Vail Valley Medical Center has partnered with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado (Anthem) to offer a plan that lowers individual premiums. Mountain Enhanced is an HMO plan that will be available to consumers interested in purchasing insurance both on and off the Colorado health exchange marketplace beginning January 1, 2015. It is a result of VVMC and Anthem’s combined commitment to findin... MORE →
    • August 29, 2014
    • The Suicide Taboo - Suicide prevention is rooted in communication, openness and recognition

    • For about 20 years, Molly Fiore struggled with thoughts of suicide. She floated from careers in marine biology and medicine to business and athletic training, but nothing seemed to fit. Then she reached a crisis, where death seemed to be the only answer. She felt that no one understood her pain. But as it turns out, she’s not alone. From 2007-2011 in Eagle County, there were 37 suicides and 60 hospitalizations due to attempts. About 8.3 million adults in the United States — 3.7 percent — report... MORE →
    • August 29, 2014
    • Prepare for Cold & Flu Season

    • As the air turns colder and more time is spent indoors, cold and flu season begins. These airborne, upper respiratory infections spread quickly via sneezing, coughing and touching. Getting a flu shot will help protect you from the flu however there is no vaccine for the common cold, so now what? Here is my advice on bolstering your immune system to minimize your chances of getting sick this season and taking care of yourself if you do. I advise my patients to get better sleep, lower stress leve... MORE →
    • August 26, 2014
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Submits Master Facility Plan Application

    • Vail Valley Medical Center has been a cornerstone of this community for nearly 50 years, and in that time, we’ve grown into one of the world’s most advanced mountain hospitals.  While the care and services at VVMC are outstanding, the infrastructure is due for modernization. Fortunately, the hospital is in a position to address this opportunity, and we are at the brink of building a state-of-the-art medical campus to serve our community and guests for years to come.As president and CEO of Vail V... MORE →
    • August 11, 2014
    • Master Plan Parking Decision

    • During the past two years, Vail Valley Medical Center has collaborated with neighbors, medical staff, Town of Vail planners and expert consultants to draft a Master Facility Plan. This plan will help guide us in remodeling and building Vail’s hospital of the future.  We will submit our plan and application to the Town of Vail in the near future. With construction scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015, the state-of-the-art medical campus will aim to exceed the expectations of the diverse patie... MORE →
    • August 6, 2014
    • Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Good or Bad?

    • Dr. Dennis Lipton took a multi-vitamin most of his life. As a health conscious, longevity-minded individual, he wanted to make sure he was getting enough nutrients to fuel his active lifestyle. “It seemed pretty logical,” said Lipton. His perspective on vitamins changed when he learned of a study about smokers who were given beta-carotene supplements to see if it would reduce incidence of cancer. The idea for this study came from the observation that people who have high carotene levels have lo... MORE →
    • August 4, 2014
    • IS GLUTEN A GOOD OR BAD IDEA?

    • There’s no question that gluten-free diets have taken America by storm, but it’s important to keep in mind that gluten itself is not the bad guy. A protein composite derived from wheat and a few other grains, gluten is not an inherently unhealthy component of the diet such as refined sugar or saturated fat. It is simply a substance to which many people have in recent years discovered their digestive tracts and other bodily functions disagree. This lack of harmony might present itself by a series... MORE →
    • July 29, 2014
    • Vail Mountain Commits to Four More Years of Hosting Pink Vail

    • Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, has committed to four more years of support for Pink Vail™, the world’s largest ski day to conquer cancer. Pink Vail is scheduled to take place on the following dates: •    Saturday, March 21, 2015•    Saturday, April 2, 2016•    Saturday, March 25, 2017•    Saturday, April 7, 2018“We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have not just any cancer center, but the incredible team, equipment and facilities of the Shaw Regional Cancer ... MORE →
    • July 29, 2014
    • Vail medical center renovation could begin in 2015, with $100M price tag

    • VAIL — The next few years will define Vail Valley Medical Center’s next few decades. The medical center’s headquarters in Vail has been cobbled together for nearly 50 years. During that time, it’s hard to count the number of additions, renovations and remodeling jobs. A couple of years ago, hospital officials decided to take a more comprehensive look at the facility’s present and future needs. Consultants were hired, community meetings were held, and plenty of discussions were held with town of... MORE →
    • July 28, 2014
    • Mammograms Can and Do Save Lives

    • The American Cancer Society estimates that 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. When it comes to life or death – and the quality of days in between – most of us prefer to be safe, rather than sorry, although there has been some debate in recent months as to the importance and efficacy of mammograms. A few articles even suggest that mammogram screening doesn’t help detect breast cancer or save lives. But the world’s top breast cancer specialists – including those right here in Vail... MORE →