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    • 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 →
    • December 2, 2015
    • Families of Vail

    • The Vail Valley has an inimitable pull for so many people. Many are drawn to the wild beauty, the never-ending backyard of National Forest terrain and a sense of adventure. But amenities such as outstanding medical care and small-town community values are just as important. For these multi-generational families, there’s no place in the world they’d rather live. The CogswellsWhat brought John and Patti Cogswell to Vail in 1976 are the same things that have kept them here since — skiing, fishing,... MORE →
    • November 30, 2015
    • Physicians Recognized By Their Peers

    • VAIL, CO — Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the 2015 winners of the Physician of the Year, Clinical Excellence and Rising Star awards, presented to Drs. Brajtbord, Riberdy and Ickes, respectively. The awards were presented at the hospital’s annual Physician Recognition event. “VVMC’s success has always been, in large part, due to our impeccable medical staff,” says President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “This year’s Physician Recognition Award winners are standouts in their field, and w... MORE →
    • November 9, 2015
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Earns Communications Awards

    • VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center was recently awarded the Colorado Nonprofit Project of the Year for Pink Vail at the Colorado Healthcare Communicator’s Gold Leaf Awards in Denver. Pink Vail also won a Gold Leaf Award in the large event category, and the hospital was awarded five Silver Leaf awards, placing at the top of each category. Evaluated by a panel of statewide judges representing hospitals, nonprofit organizations and marketing and public relations professionals, Pink Vail, the world’... MORE →
    • November 2, 2015
    • Diet & Inflammation

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RDN, CDE is a registered dietitian nutritionist and diabetes educator at Vail Valley Medical Center. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process following an injury. Sometimes, it’s easy to see inflammation take place with an area becoming noticeably red, warm, and swollen. Other times, it's not visible and can occur during infection, immune reactions, obesity, poor diet and is sometimes a part of our genetic predisposition. Acute inflammation (i.e. muscle t... MORE →