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    • February 4, 2016
    • 5 Heart Healthy Exercises

    • Exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, decreasing internal inflammation in the body, and maintaining blood sugar. Exercise will also help you reduce or maintain a healthy weight which leads to a healthier heart. Hilary Welch-Petrowski, exercise physiologist with VVMC's Cardiac Rehab and Shaw Regional Cancer Center's Fit for Survival recommends 5 exercises to keep your heart healthy. 1. Walk – Easy, convenient, familiar….Just ... MORE →
    • January 31, 2016
    • Vail Mountain Hosts World's Biggest Ski Day to Conquer Cancer: Pink Vail 2016

    • Fifth annual fundraiser benefits cancer patients from Colorado and across the U.S. VAIL, CO – A pink panther on skis, gorillas in pink tutus and men in pink spandex are not uncommon on Vail Mountain during Pink Vail™, the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. Scheduled for Saturday, April 2, Pink Vail features all-day live music, deck parties, a costume contest and incredible prizes. With weekend lodging specials in Vail starting at an unseasonably low $119/night, girl’s weekenders, famili... MORE →
    • January 28, 2016
    • New Tech Powers Research, Care

    • This article was written by Scott Miller and originally posted by the Vail Daily on January 28,2016. In part of the institute is a robot that looks like it could be putting windshields into Buicks in a factory. But this machine is very slowly manipulating a human knee, which once belonged to a person who decided to donate his or her body to science after death. Alex Brady, who runs the robot, said this particular work is studying the different structures in the knee and how those structures re... MORE →
    • January 27, 2016
    • Hospital CEO Explains Expansion Plans

    • This article was written by Scott Miller and originally posted by the Vail Daily on January 27, 2016.  AVON — Vail Valley Medical Center has been renovated and rearranged a number of times in its 50 years. Now, work has begun on the biggest expansion yet, a $200-million, four-year project at the hospital’s main campus in Vail. Vail Valley Medical Center CEO Doris Kirchner every year hosts several state of the medical center presentations. This year’s version covers a lot of ground. At the Jan... MORE →
    • January 8, 2016
    • Prevent Frostbite

    • Frostbite occurs when your body tissue freezes, resulting in death of cells and tissues. It is most common in the nose, ears, chin, fingers and toes. Fortunately, it is easily preventable with some planning and preparation. Be aware of the wind chill and precipitation forecast. In the setting of extreme cold and highwinds, frostbite can develop in a matter of minutes. Be prepared with a hat, face and eye protection, mittens (better than gloves) and proper footwear (warm, water resistant). W... MORE →
    • January 6, 2016
    • Annual Dinner Dance Celebrates Hospital's 50th Anniversary

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center commemorated its 50-year anniversary in 2015, and what better way to culminate the celebration than an event that has supported the hospital’s initiatives and growth for the past 35 years? The Family Dinner Dance is a tradition that brings over 460 guests of all ages together for an evening of delicious food, lively bidding, dancing and family fun. All proceeds from this year’s event will help fund research, education and patient care at Howard Head Sports M... MORE →
    • January 5, 2016
    • VVMC and Starting Hearts Partner to Place 50 DEFIBS in Eagle County

    • Vail, CO – Eagle County is becoming the safest place in America to experience sudden cardiac arrest. A recent announcement of a partnership between Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and local nonprofit Starting Hearts will place 50 additional Automated External Defibrillators (DEFIBS) throughout Eagle County over the next two years. The initiative, which will boost the total number of public DEFIBS in the community to close to 350, will also include increased awareness and education about cardia... MORE →
    • December 22, 2015
    • New Breast Screening Guidelines Cause Debate

    • The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently changed its long-standing guidelines for breast diagnostics, now advising women to begin a screening program at age 45, five years later than the previous recommendation. Additionally, the ACS is suggesting that primary care physicians and patients collaborate to decide, based on personal and family history, when they feel screening should begin. We all know screening saves lives. The question is when to start and how long to screen. The experts at So... MORE →
    • December 8, 2015
    • 6 Ways To Avoid Antibiotic Overuse

    • Antibiotics can save lives, but overuse poses a serious threat to the human body. Vail Valley Medical Center collaborated with seven Colorado hospitals on a two-year study, which followed 533 children and adults hospitalized for soft tissue infections. It was one of four major recent studies VVMC contributed to by measuring antibiotic prescription practices in both rural and metropolitan Colorado regions, evaluating how the state is doing overall. The research strongly indicated doctors are c... MORE →
    • December 2, 2015
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Earns "Top Performer" Recognition

    • Vail Valley Medical Center has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. Having earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission this summer, VVMC recently received additional recognition as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure perform... MORE →