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    • 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 →
    • November 2, 2015
    • Surfing for Nutrition?

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. The Internet can be an awesome resource for food and nutrition information; however, not all of it is reliable or credible. Below are some of my favorite nutrition blogs and websites you can trust and might even give you a fresh perspective, inspire you to cook more, or try a new food! Digestive Nutrition: Sports Nutrition  Wellness Cardiovascular Nutrition Make sense of nutrition in the news: Quick and e... MORE →
    • October 27, 2015
    • Mountains of Discovery

    • Jason Moore, PhD, PA knows that not everything we abide by in the world of medicine is irrefutable fact. Actually, disputing common practices and finding better ways to provide treatment is a passionate side project for some local doctors and therapists whose discoveries are making a significant impact locally, regionally and nationally, too. “If you want someone to change their perspectives, especially in the medical field, you have to provide evidence-based research,” Moore says. “Medical myt... MORE →
    • October 27, 2015
    • The Story Behind The Name

    • About 20 years ago, Harold Shaw told his doctor and good friend, Dr. Jack Eck, that he was thinking of pulling away from Vail, a second home he and his family had been deeply involved with since the late 1960s. The elevation had become an issue in his older years. But Vail had been so instrumental in the Shaws’ lives — after all, he was one of the original investors in the Ski Resort Lodge — they wanted to help the community, even more than they already had. In 1982, the Shaws’ son, Hal Jr., di... MORE →