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    • January 5, 2015
    • VVMC Dinner Dance Raises Over $650,000 For Cardiac Cath Lab

    • VAIL, CO — Dinner, dancing and saving lives were the prevailing themes of this year’s Vail Valley Medical Center Family Dinner Dance. Over 450 generous guests of all ages gathered for the 34th annual event and through ticket sales, sponsorships and lively bidding on over 70 silent and live auction items, the event raised $664,524. All proceeds support the hospital’s new Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab), set to open in early 2015. “It was a heartwarming evening,” says Doris Kirchner, presi... MORE →
    • December 30, 2014
    • Rural Cancer Center, Big City Specialists

    • VAIL, CO — Physicians and staff of the University of Colorado Cancer Center recently renewed a nearly 10-year partnership with Shaw Regional Cancer Center, enhancing access to big city specialists and making clinical trials available to patients in the high country. It’s rare to find highly trained cancer specialists, advanced technology and comprehensive treatment plans in a rural setting like Vail, but Shaw Regional Cancer Center boasts all of the above in the peaceful, healing setting of the... MORE →
    • December 29, 2014
    • Eternal Youth

    • While aging is inevitable, longevity is accessible. Local experts share the best ways to extend your years from the inside-out.  JOINTS"Joint health is so important, because mobility and activity are two of the secret ingredients to longevity and quality of life," says Dr. Peter Millett, director of shoulder surgery and a shoulder, knee, elbow and sports medicine specialist at The Steadman Clinic. "Without good joint health, it becomes difficult to remain active and independent." Millett says ... MORE →
    • December 29, 2014
    • Exercises for every age

    • Howard Head Sports Medicine is known for being the best in helping people recover from an injury. But what you may not know is that they also specialize in injury prevention (not just rehabilitation) through exercise. In fact, some of the world’s best athletes train with Howard Head in hopes of avoiding the wear-and-tear injuries that sports often cause. We worked with Howard Head’s Philip Galloway to learn what general injuries are common among age groups and what exercises can be done to comba... MORE →
    • December 23, 2014
    • Get to know new Vail endocrinologist Dr. Rebecca Adochio

    • VAIL — Dr. Rebecca Adochio is Vail Valley Medical Center’s new endocrinologist. She treats all aspects of endocrinology, including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, parathyroid and metabolic bone disorders. Dr. Adochio has expertise in thyroid cancer treatment and ultrasound guided biopsy. She also has a special interest in treating disorders of metabolism and diabetes. Upon completion of her endocrinology fellowship, Dr. Adochio began a position with INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has bee... MORE →
    • December 4, 2014
    • NEW CARDIOLOGY LAB WILL SAVE LIVES

    • VAIL, CO — Three years ago, Dave Bentley was wrapping up a ski day at Vail when he started having pain in his chest. Healthy and active with no history of medical issues, the 65-year-old Cordillera resident assumed it was something he’d eaten for lunch. “It was a ski-with-the-guys day—strong, all-out. We had a late lunch and were halfway down Bear Tree when all of a sudden I started to get a sharp, pressing pain high in my chest,” Bentley recalls. “There was no throbbing, no tingling of the arm... MORE →
    • 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 →