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    • July 23, 2015
    • Epic Experience Exceeds Expectations

    • VAIL, CO– As kids pack up and head to sleepaway camps for outdoor adventures, arts, crafts and a little Kumbaya, some of Shaw Regional Cancer Center’s patients have left their families, friends and doctors behind for a week of adult summer camp in the idyllic setting of the 7 W Guest Ranch in Sweetwater, CO. There, overlooking the Flat Tops Wilderness and Castle Peak, Epic Experience hosts six week-long sessions of outdoor experiences for adults of all ages who have been diagnosed with cancer at... MORE →
    • July 15, 2015
    • Shaw Center honored for excellence

    • VAIL, CO — Shaw Regional Cancer Center recently received another certification award in a growing list of accomplishments and accreditations. The cancer center, located in Edwards, was recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) for its commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement. “We believe the families in our community and region deserve the best cancer care possible,” said Doris Kirchner, President and CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center, of which Shaw and the ... MORE →
    • July 7, 2015
    • HPV Vaccines Offer Protection Against Cancer

    • VAIL, CO — The most dangerous strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which are linked to causing cervical cancer, could be a problem of the past, as more young people get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, and approximately 14 million people become newly infected each year, making it the most common STI in the nation. But, there is hope. Both Gardasil and Cer... MORE →
    • June 30, 2015
    • 12 Expert Tips To Keep You Healthy This Summer

    • Dietitian Katie Mazzia, cardiologist Jerry Greenberg, MD, internist Dennis Lipton, MD, and physical therapist Todd Ward share expert advice to help you maximize your enjoyment of activities while staying strong and healthy this summer.  EAT MORE BERRIES by Katie Mazzia, MS, RD, CDE Summer is the season of blue skies, BBQs and best of all, berries! Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, acai and cranberries are powerful, tiny foods that are packed with antioxidants, natural phyto... MORE →
    • June 25, 2015
    • VVMC Construction, Remodel Set To Begin

    • After 50 years of serving our community’s residents and guests from around the world, I’m pleased to share that Vail Valley Medical Center plans to begin construction on a significant expansion and remodeling this summer. Once the Vail medical campus project is complete, the community will have an updated, highly-functional hospital that is easy to access and navigate. During this period of construction, all Vail Valley Medical Center services and specialties will remain open, including our 24-h... MORE →
    • June 2, 2015
    • Vail Health Feature: A Test To Assess Cancer Risk

    • For some, taking a test to determine your risk of cancer could be a lifesaver. For others, an inconclusive result could only cause more worry and anxiety. These are just some of the things one must consider when deciding to undergo predictive genetic testing, which is used to identify gene mutations that may put someone at risk for a disease, such as breast, ovarian or colon cancer. Christine Barth, certified genetic counselor at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards, said predictive genetic te... MORE →
    • May 21, 2015
    • High School Athletes Receive Free Physicals

    • VAIL, CO — Nearly 250 high school boys and girls received free physical exams on Saturday from volunteer physicians and athletic trainers from Vail Valley Medical Center and The Steadman Clinic. Runners, skiers, dancers, football and ice hockey players were screened for vision and hearing; heart, blood pressure and pulse; as well as general health, and all incoming freshmen received baseline testing for concussions. In addition, the student athletes and their parents received education on injury... MORE →
    • May 21, 2015
    • Head Start - Best Breakfast Foods to Fuel Your Body

    • The best way to start the day is with something healthy,” says internist Dr. Dennis Lipton. We know this intuitively, but when it comes to choosing from traditional breakfasts, which range from eggs and bacon to blueberry muffins and cereal, it’s tricky to nail down the best start. But with a little knowledge, it’s fairly simple — and can even be quite delicious! The overall goal is to obtain most of your calorie intake through unprocessed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legume... MORE →
    • May 7, 2015
    • The Sugar Spectrum

    • Healthy and active as most of us are in the Vail Valley, we rarely worry about the amount of sugar we’re consuming. Chug a Mountain Dew for a little pick-me-up? We figure we’ll burn it off after a few powder turns. If we’re bonking or feeling exhausted, we often think it’s because we went hard on the mountain. Most of us don’t think it could have something to do with our overall blood sugar, and we certainly don’t consider diabetes, especially if we watch what we eat and exercise regularly. Ac... MORE →
    • May 5, 2015
    • Several Lives Saved At New Cath Lab

    • VAIL — A few years ago, the National Ski Areas Association released numbers confirming the existence of something to which many here have enjoyed contributing: an aging skier population. It said the average age of skiers and snowboarders jumped from 33.2 to 36.5 in just 10 years, the proportion of visitors aged 45 to 54 has increased from 14 to 19.9 percent and the proportion of visitors aged 55 to 64 has almost doubled from 4.6 to 9.2 percent. As that demographic shifts, however, it also begi... MORE →