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    • May 23, 2013
    • Decoding Sports Drinks

    • The perfect sports drink has fluid to keep your blood and muscle cells hydrated, carbohydrate for energy plus sodium and potassium so your heart and other muscles work like a fine tuned machine. Who may benefit from a sports drink?•    If you exercise longer than an hour.  •    The American College of Sports Medicine recommends athletes start drinking sooner than later, every 15-20 minutes. Ditch the Gatorade® and Try these AlternativesAll natural, without dye/food coloring: Carb BOOM! Electro... MORE →
    • May 16, 2013
    • Hospital, Town Collecting Ideas for VVMC Expansion

    • Vail Valley Medical Center’s future includes growth, and the hospital and town are getting a handle on what that looks like. Toward that end, the hospital and town are hosting a series of public input meetings, which began Wednesday. Hospital officials talked a little and listened a lot. They’re early in the master planning phase, and they really do want to know what the community wants in its hospital. For now, officials are trying to figure out where things will go, when they’ll be built an... MORE →
    • May 13, 2013
    • Hospital Site Planning Forum on May 15

    • Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and the Town of Vail are hosting a site planning forum to allow community members to provide input on future campus development. The event will be on May 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in The Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. VVMC has begun work on a new master facility plan for the main campus at 181 West Meadow Drive in Vail. The team, led by nationally-recognized healthcare planning firm Heery International, is currently in the assessment... MORE →
    • April 30, 2013
    • Free Cardiac Screenings

    • The Avon Recreation Center has announced a new program that will offer free blood screenings on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “We have been working with the Vail Valley Medical Center on this wonderful program for the past several years, and it has been a tremendous success and benefit to the community. We look forward to continuing this program well into the future,” said Danita Dempsey, fitness supervisor for the town of Avon. Vail Valley Medical Center rec... MORE →
    • April 25, 2013
    • Vail Valley: There's Hope for Healthcare

    • Over the past 12 plus years I have either been treated personally at Vail Valley Medical Center or have had members of my family, friends, and even guests end up in the clinic, emergency room, or hospital.Over these past 12 years, I have talked to guests and many of you here in the community about your experiences at the hospital. Many of you have even sent me an e-mail over the past few years sharing your experiences.Based on my own experiences with family and friends and all of the unsolicited... MORE →
    • April 25, 2013
    • Going Head First

    • Some of us take our brains for granted. We don’t wake up every day realizing that every small thing we do — not just making the coffee and reading the newspaper, but every single breath — is all possible courtesy of our brain. If you bang up a leg or arm it definitely hurts and may, if severe, change the way you do things with that particular part of your body. But if you rattle your brain, your entire self is in jeopardy. And all it takes is a few seconds: a single morning on the slopes after ... MORE →
    • April 19, 2013
    • Get Doc! A Vail Tale

    • Vail started lucky with its doctors and has stayed that way. Dr. Tom Steinberg was the town’s first full-time doctor, brought to town by Vail investor John Murchison. A few years later, Dr. Jack Eck rolled into town, bringing with him his experience as a Vietnam combat doctor. During the years, hundreds of the world’s leading physicians have called Vail home. Thousands of people have rolled through their offices, some under their own power, some on stretchers. Among the best stories:• The Gilm... MORE →
    • April 3, 2013
    • Public Computer Stations Set up to Encourage Enrollment for Public Health Insurance

    • The Colorado Health Foundation recently awarded Eagle County Health and Human Services a grant to expand opportunities for residents to apply for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) public health insurance programs.Public computer stations that have access to the Colorado state on-line system, called PEAK — which stands for Program Eligibility Application Kit — have been set up.The PEAK computers are at eight locations — the Salvation Army building in Avon, Riverview Apartments in Avon, E... MORE →
    • March 13, 2013
    • Pink Vail Biggest Ski Day to Conquer Cancer, Support Shaw Center

    • It was tough to be a person who hates pink this past weekend in Vail, because the town — still whooping it up for its 50th anniversary — was pretty much that hue from one end to the other in the form of flamingos, boas, tutus and other very pink items (a pink gorilla suit!), all displayed by the more than 1,300 participants in the second annual Pink Vail fundraiser for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.A service of Vail Valley Medical Center, Shaw does everything from diagnostics to the... MORE →
    • March 12, 2013
    • Vail's 50th: A Conversation with Dr. Jack Eck

    • After 41 years, Dr. Jack Eck will be hanging up his red coat with the white cross for the final time this season as he turns over his reins as medical advisor to the Vail Ski Patrol to Dr. Reginald Franciose.“This is my last year. I’m turning it over to Dr. Franciose,” said Eck, one of Vail’s first doctors and the current director of development at the Vail Valley Medical Center. “This is my 41st year I’ve been [ski patrol’s] medical advisor, medical director, and we’re transitioning. I’m 70 yea... MORE →