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    • February 19, 2016
    • Heart Attack on Vail Mountain

    • It was a stunning day on Vail Mountain that Lee Olch won’t ever forget. In March 2015, Olch and a friend were enjoying early morning turns under a quintessential bluebird sky. The snow conditions were ideal and they’d even managed to beat most of the crowds. It was nothing short of a perfect day on the slopes for Olch, a then-new retiree from Seattle who had bought a condo in Lionshead with his wife in 2013. “It was just a glorious day,” Olch remembered. “It had snowed a few days before and we... MORE →
    • February 18, 2016
    • Game on for Medical Providers

    • This article was written by Don Rogers and originally posted by the Vail Daily on February 18, 2016. First thought when hearing Centura Health declare their surveys show a need for more emergency medical care facilities in the valley: Oh, baloney. This will be a point of direct competition among medical providers here. My intel suggests strongly that Centura is here to pressure Vail Valley Medical Center in the wake of their efforts to buy the local hospital being rebuffed. I’m sure all the ... MORE →
    • February 9, 2016
    • VVMC, Starting Hearts Aim to Create Community of First Responders

    • What would you do if a friend, loved one or even a stranger was overcome by sudden cardiac arrest on the street? Local nonprofit Starting Hearts and the Vail Valley Medical Center have recently teamed up to make that question far easier to answer. Aiming to make the Vail Valley the safest place in the country to fall victim to out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, the partnership between the two organizations will increase accessibility to automated external defibrillators and first-responder ... MORE →
    • February 8, 2016
    • VVMC Treats Pediatric Patients

    • Vail Valley Medical Center's pediatric hospitalists are specially trained pediatricians who work in the hospital to care for patients from newborn through 17 years old. They are available to manage a broad range of general pediatric issues. They also participate in the resuscitation and stabilization of pediatric patients who need transport for illness and injury. VVMC does not keep critically ill (for example, intubated) children because we do not have a PICU. However, our Level II NICU is capa... MORE →
    • 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 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 →