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Business briefs: Medical center names VP of human resources

Daily staff reports
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the addition of Rick Smith to serve as senior vice president of human resources.

“Rick brings over 30 years of experience and leadership skills to VVMC and has proven to build robust, team-oriented work cultures,” said Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center. “As one of the largest employers in Eagle County, we are excited to add Rick to our team and have him lead our extensive HR efforts.”

Smith has over three decades of business experience with companies such as Vail Resorts; Gerry Baby Products, where he served as vice president of human resources; the Pillsbury Company, where he was responsible for human resources and negotiating labor contracts for the company’s largest manufacturing facilities; and Frito-Lay in both its sales and manufacturing divisions.

During Smith’s career, his leadership and direction has contributed to creating value-based cultures and structuring human resource departments that focused on customer service, business results and efficiency. Smith’s areas of expertise and experience are in developing strong leadership teams and building and implementing employee development programs.

“After working for Vail Resorts for eight years and then traveling across the country consulting for the last six years, I found out just how much I missed working in this community and with the people of Eagle County,” said Smith. “I’m excited to work with the dedicated staff at VVMC and under the leadership of Doris Kirchner.”

Smith received his Bachelor of Science from Regis College in business administration and a Master of Arts in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. He is an avid cyclist and skier and lives here in the valley with his wife, Devon; son, Cooper; and daughter, Brodi.

Vail Valley Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit health system serving mountain communities and visitors from all over the world since 1965.


Wijdicks named ‘Outstanding Reviewer of the Year’

Coen Wijdicks has been named “Outstanding Reviewer of the Year” by the European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surg-ery and Arthroscopy. The announcement was made in the journal Knee Surgery, Sports Traumtology, Arthroscopy.

Wijdicks is an ortho-paedic researcher who currently serves as the director of the department of biomedical engineering and as a senior staff scientist at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail. Wijdicks’ research focus is on bench-to-bedside translational research for current clinical needs. Specifically, Wijdicks is focused on injury mechanisms and ways to optimize surgical and rehabilitation techniques that enhance outcomes of common orthopaedic sports medicine injuries.

“I see my duties as a reviewer as a privilege, and to be awarded for my efforts is a true honor,” Wijdicks said. “I firmly believe that the review process for medical research provides validation for published studies, and it is the duty of reviewers to provide a non-biased critical assessment on submitted scholarly works to advance the field.”

Wijdicks has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles in high level journals, presented more than 100 abstracts to national and international meetings and received more than 10 awards for his and colleagues’ overall excellence in research. In June 2010,Wijdicks was awarded the prestigious Nicola’s Foundation Young Researcher Award, which is given to the best scientific manuscript in the field of knee surgery at the biennial ESSKA Congress.

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