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    • January 28, 2014
    • Thanks for Your Support

    • I’d like to send a heartfelt thank you to the men and women of the Eagle River Fire Protection District. In addition to serving our community and keeping us safe, the members of ERFPD have volunteered their time to support patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.During the month of October ERFPD donned hot pink shirts to raise awareness and sold those shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month and Shaw’s Pretty In Pink community-wide initiative.Then, in the month of November many ERFPD m... MORE →
    • January 14, 2014
    • New Board Chairman at Vail Valley Medical Center

    • Vail Health Services, one of the two volunteer boards that govern the nonprofit Vail Valley Medical Center, elected Michael Shannon as its new chairman. Former chairman, Ron Davis, will now lead the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. “The medical center and our community are fortunate to have Mike and Ron donate their time and energy to lead our organization and I’m grateful for Ron’s dedicated service as a board member for over a decade,” said Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of Vail Vall... MORE →
    • January 14, 2014
    • Women’s Health Column: Trouble with Urinary Incontinence?

    • As I stated in previous columns, studies show that 80 percent of us gals have trouble with incontinence at some point in our lives. However, just because it is common, does not mean it’s normal. Let’s continue the conversation. So you’ve been doing your kegels, keeping track of your intake and output, making sure you’re not going “just in case” and you’re still leaking.  I have been saving some things to tell you that you might not want to hear. You might have to give up coffee. Or wine ... G... MORE →
    • January 7, 2014
    • Free Annual Wellness Visits in Eagle County

    • Now that the key word is “free,” there is no excuse to avoid seeing the doctor. This goes for healthy people more than anyone.Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and most medical insurance companies are mandated to cover free annual wellness visits.What exactly is an annual wellness visit? In addition to offering basics such as height, weight, blood pressure and body mass measurements, the visits include an evaluation of family medical history, cognitive impairment detection and personal... MORE →
    • January 6, 2014
    • Cold and Flu – Which is Which & What to Do

    • Colorado, along with much of the United States, is experiencing a high level of influenza-related illness. Vail Valley Medical Center have seen about five percent more patients testing positive for the flu than last year with tests showing that the 2009 H1N1 strain is most often identified among our patients. Flu patients have ranged in age from four months to 86 years old, with most less than 50 years of age.But is it a cold or the flu? When you get the sniffles or a cough, it’s sometimes hard ... MORE →
    • January 3, 2014
    • Drs. Metcalfe, Braunholtz and Ruttum Honored with Physician Awards

    • Vail Valley Medical Center president and CEO Doris Kirchner and Chairman of the Board, Art Kelton, honored the 2013 winners for Physician of the Year, Rising Star and the Clinical Excellence Awards presented to Drs. Metcalfe, Braunholtz and Ruttum respectively. Dr. Pamela Bock, president of the medical staff, presented the awards at an annual ceremony recently.This Physician of the Year award acknowledges the physician’s abilities in leadership, quality patient care, contributions to the communi... MORE →
    • December 10, 2013
    • Tips to Retrain Your Bladder

    • So we ended last month’s column talking about getting control over your bladder and improving its ability to hold larger (or normal!) amounts of urine. As we continue to discuss disciplining your bladder, keep the following tips in mind: Even with a well-disciplined bladder, you will need to pee at some point.  This is normal and healthy and good. What goes in must come out—in fairly similar proportions, which means if you drink an entire liter of fluid in one sitting, don’t expect to be able... MORE →
    • December 3, 2013
    • Think Before You Eat: Mindful Nutrition For the Holidays

    • Most people only gain about two pounds from November to January. The problem is we don’t lose the weight and it adds up to 20 pounds over 10 years! This is called “weight creep." If you visit Vail or live here, every day seems like a holiday or reason to celebrate. So, follow these 10 “mindful” guidelines to extend your cheer beyond the season: Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. It jump starts your metabolism and you’ll eat less throughout the day. Eat like a princess, not a king. Fill ... MORE →
    • November 25, 2013
    • Pretty in Pink Thanks Our Partners

    • One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, but thanks to the generosity of our community, we’ll more likely catch it early when breast cancer is the most treatable.Throughout the month of October, 27 different businesses came together to educate, celebrate and raise funds for the Sonnenalp Breast Center in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through this community effort, we were able to educate women to get an annual mammog... MORE →
    • November 22, 2013
    • Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards Hosts Prostate Awareness Event Friday

    • Looking around at a bunch of guys sipping beer and stroking their Movember mustaches, it’s a little scary to realize that one out of six of them will at some point be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s reassuring, however, to know that our community is coming together to have fun while supporting prostate cancer awareness. Today, Crazy Mountain Brewery is hosting a Movember Prostate Awareness event, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Shaw Regional Cancer Center to help patients.The pr... MORE →