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    • March 4, 2014
    • Olympic Rings In Vail

    • On Monday, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) visited Vail Valley Medical Center to announce the designation of The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) as a National Medical Center, naming them the physician team behind the top 1,000 athletes in the U.S. and just one of two medical centers to earn the title in the country. This designation is given by invitation only and Dr. Bill Moreau, managing director of sports medicine for the USOC said, “These are the t... MORE →
    • February 3, 2014
    • Matters of the Heart: Keep Yours Healthy

    • Valentine’s Day is coming, but all of February is National Heart Month. You’ve heard that many women die of a broken heart. The truth is not that far off. While not exactly brought on by sadness or lost love, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States and is the cause of death for one out of every four U.S. women. Heart disease is not only a concern for older women, but for all women over the age of 20, particularly those who smoke, are overweight, have high bl... MORE →
    • February 1, 2014
    • Thank You, Dr. Steadman

    • The day was beautiful in the summer of 1990. Dr. J. Richard Steadman stepped into the operating room to perform his first operation at Vail Valley Medical Center. I recall the day as if it was yesterday. This day marked the beginning of 24 years of consistent and continuous success for The Steadman Clinic and for VVMC. The face of VVMC changed forever. VVMC became less of a seasonal hospital. Consistency in staffing in all areas has made it possible for hospital staff to settle into the communit... MORE →
    • January 29, 2014
    • Dr. Richard Steadman to Retire From His Surgical Practice at The Steadman Clinic

    • Dr. J. Richard Steadman, founder of The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), has announced that he is retiring from his active surgical practice. Dr. Steadman looks forward to continuing to consult with his physician colleagues at The Steadman Clinic, focusing on the practice of evidence-based medicine to return patients to their active lifestyles.  He will also continue as co-chairman of the institute, the charitable entity known throughout the world for its res... MORE →
    • January 14, 2014
    • New Board Chairman at Vail Valley Medical Center

    • Vail Health Services, one of the two volunteer boards that govern the nonprofit Vail Valley Medical Center, elected Michael Shannon as its new chairman. Former chairman, Ron Davis, will now lead the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. “The medical center and our community are fortunate to have Mike and Ron donate their time and energy to lead our organization and I’m grateful for Ron’s dedicated service as a board member for over a decade,” said Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of Vail Vall... MORE →
    • January 7, 2014
    • Free Annual Wellness Visits in Eagle County

    • Now that the key word is “free,” there is no excuse to avoid seeing the doctor. This goes for healthy people more than anyone.Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and most medical insurance companies are mandated to cover free annual wellness visits.What exactly is an annual wellness visit? In addition to offering basics such as height, weight, blood pressure and body mass measurements, the visits include an evaluation of family medical history, cognitive impairment detection and personal... MORE →
    • January 6, 2014
    • Cold and Flu – Which is Which & What to Do

    • Colorado, along with much of the United States, is experiencing a high level of influenza-related illness. Vail Valley Medical Center have seen about five percent more patients testing positive for the flu than last year with tests showing that the 2009 H1N1 strain is most often identified among our patients. Flu patients have ranged in age from four months to 86 years old, with most less than 50 years of age.But is it a cold or the flu? When you get the sniffles or a cough, it’s sometimes hard ... MORE →
    • January 3, 2014
    • Drs. Metcalfe, Braunholtz and Ruttum Honored with Physician Awards

    • Vail Valley Medical Center president and CEO Doris Kirchner and Chairman of the Board, Art Kelton, honored the 2013 winners for Physician of the Year, Rising Star and the Clinical Excellence Awards presented to Drs. Metcalfe, Braunholtz and Ruttum respectively. Dr. Pamela Bock, president of the medical staff, presented the awards at an annual ceremony recently.This Physician of the Year award acknowledges the physician’s abilities in leadership, quality patient care, contributions to the communi... MORE →
    • December 10, 2013
    • Tips to Retrain Your Bladder

    • So we ended last month’s column talking about getting control over your bladder and improving its ability to hold larger (or normal!) amounts of urine. As we continue to discuss disciplining your bladder, keep the following tips in mind: Even with a well-disciplined bladder, you will need to pee at some point.  This is normal and healthy and good. What goes in must come out—in fairly similar proportions, which means if you drink an entire liter of fluid in one sitting, don’t expect to be able... MORE →
    • December 3, 2013
    • Think Before You Eat: Mindful Nutrition For the Holidays

    • Most people only gain about two pounds from November to January. The problem is we don’t lose the weight and it adds up to 20 pounds over 10 years! This is called “weight creep." If you visit Vail or live here, every day seems like a holiday or reason to celebrate. So, follow these 10 “mindful” guidelines to extend your cheer beyond the season: Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. It jump starts your metabolism and you’ll eat less throughout the day. Eat like a princess, not a king. Fill ... MORE →