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    • December 3, 2014
    • Vail lodge, hospital work on land trade

    • VAIL — There’s a lot of technical work to finish before construction can begin on an extensive renovation plan for Vail Valley Medical Center. And that work may lead, eventually, to redevelopment of a longtime Vail lodge. The medical center and owners of the Evergreen Lodge are currently negotiating an exchange of two roughly equivalent-sized pieces of land. If the deal goes through, then the medical center will trade the west part of its existing parking lot to the Evergreen in exchange for la... MORE →
    • November 18, 2014
    • A Glance At Your Gland

    • You’re in your 20s and loving life. You ski, hike, bike and get outside to play in the mountains whenever possible. You eat healthily, don’t drink too much and get plenty of sleep. Yet you’re always tired, and you're gaining weight. It just doesn’t make sense.  Does any of this sound familiar? It could be your thyroid.   The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces a hormone affecting many organs in the body, including the heart, liver and muscles. If your thyroid is under producing — a con... MORE →
    • November 18, 2014
    • The Acid Reflux Test

    • “We’d just finished climbing at the rec center in Gypsum,” Jeff Shroll remembers. “I was beating on my chest, complaining about the acid reflux that I’d had for a decade or more. He looked at me and said, ‘I can fix that.’ I said, ‘I’m listening.’” “He” was Dr. Barry Hammaker. The fix was an elective surgery called laparoscopic fundoplication and it changed Jeff Shroll’s life.  Jeff is an active, busy guy. Originally from Grand Junction, he made his way to Gypsum from Crested Butte and has bee... MORE →
    • November 5, 2014
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Is Prepared For Ebola

    • VAIL, CO —While the initial panic over an Ebola outbreak in the United States has begun to subside, Vail Valley Medical Center is prepared. VVMC has partnered with Colorado Mountain Medical, Eagle County Paramedics Services and Eagle County Public Health Department to provide education and formalize policies and procedures to handle the disease should it make its way to Vail. “While the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Vail is extremely low, preparedness is essential,” says Doris Kirchner, VVMC’s ... MORE →
    • 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 →