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    • September 7, 2012
    • Cassat Joins Steadman Clinic

    • The Steadman Clinic, an orthopedic clinic with facilities located in Vail and Frisco, has hired Dr. Michael Cassat to join its specialized team of physicians. Cassat brings a family medicine and primary care sports medicine background to the clinic. He treats patients from all walks of life who present with joint pain, minor ligament injuries, sprains and minor fractures. With a focus on sports-related injuries, chronic overuse injuries, and conditions that occur as the result of sports traini... MORE →
    • September 5, 2012
    • How to Stay Healthy at Altitude

    • Moving on up isn't always so comfortable. High-altitude living can bring about physical stresses, and it's important to assist your body in adjusting to mountain elevations. Pam Westfall is a registered nurse at Vail Valley Medical Center. As an employee health nurse for the center, she offers new hires at VVMC resources for making the altitude adjustment. "Some who have lived at lower elevations may experience a period of physical adjustment to the higher elevation," said Westfall. Here are... MORE →
    • September 3, 2012
    • Gearing Up: Doc Offers Ski and Board Sale Shopping Advice

    • If it happens on snow, you can bet Tom Hackett has tried it.An orthopedic surgeon with Vail's Steadman Clinic, Hackett also serves as physician for the U.S. Snowboard Team and the U.S. Ski Team, and consultant to the Colorado Rockies.It follows that the doctor is himself an athlete. Yes, he skis and snowboards, but Hackett also just completed a swim of the English Channel, sharks and all.So while Labor Day sales of all kinds unfold throughout the retail industry, Hackett is well-positioned to of... MORE →
    • August 31, 2012
    • Vail Doc Swims English Channel

    • If you're Dr. Tom Hackett, swimming the English Channel is the second most fun you can have in the dark.It really was a dark and stormy night when Hackett, orthopaedic surgeon with the Steadman Clinic, swam 34 miles across the English Channel in 62 degree water, starting at 3 a.m. in 6-foot seas that tossed him around like the flotsam he kept colliding with.Through the first four hours or so, he stopped every 10 or 15 minutes to vomit and wretch from the seasickness.“It was miserable. I loved it... MORE →
    • August 27, 2012
    • The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group Donates $50,000 for Diagnostic Tests

    • The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG) is pleased to announce the creation of the GAP Fund - $50,000 has been donated to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center for those who need additional diagnostic tests. "Unlike donations that we have previously made that are spread over several years - we want the money to be used in one year," says Kristin Kenney Williams, president of the VBCAG. Williams continued: "We were shocked to learn that many wo... MORE →
    • August 20, 2012
    • Is Your Child’s Heart Sports Ready?

    • When a high school football player died of sudden cardiac death, it shook a community. When an Olympic favorite in volleyball died in the same tragic way it shook a world. Every year, 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest each year, estimates the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although sudden cardiac death is rare, it should be taken serious. Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC), along with a group of committed doctors are pooling their expertise and the latest technology... MORE →
    • August 14, 2012
    • A Small Town With Big City Care

    • When Dr. Scott Schneider, a radiation oncologist in Vancouver, Washington, was faced with a complicated breast cancer case last year, he presented the case to a specialist on the other side of the country - without ever leaving his office. That meeting with Dr. Jay Harris, a radiation oncologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, took place via Chartrounds, a new online network linking radiation oncologists in small practices with disease-site specialists from around the country. One su... MORE →
    • August 13, 2012
    • On To The Next Chapter

    • Dear Editor: I am weathering bittersweet waves of memories of a place I must leave now. For the past seven months, I have been in a place that feels like heaven. The vistas from my windows have sometimes been majestic mountains covered in fresh-fallen snow. Sometimes they are lush landscapes of streams trailing down green velvet meadows. I have hiked up winding paths beside rushing rivers surrounded by aspen trees under beautiful blue skies. I have known angels disguised as doctors and nurs... MORE →
    • August 13, 2012
    • 10 Under 60

    • While waiting at the Vail Valley Medical Center, consider popping out into town and enjoying some of the things that help define Vail. As far as hospitals go, Vail Valley Medical Center is a pretty nice place to wait. The committed volunteer corps and cheery staff make it an easy place to be, whether you’re worried about a friend or family member or simply waiting for them to be done with an appointment. But if you don’t want to hang around the hospital, there are certainly advantages to being a... MORE →