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Eck named hospital ambassador

Special to the DailyJack Eck

VAIL, Colorado Jack Eck, one of Vail Valley Medical Centers longest-tenured physicians, has a new job title: executive vice president of clinical program development and community outreach. Ecks new job effectively makes him the ambassador for the medical center. Eck, 66, a doctor in Vail since 1971, is known as one of the top diagnosticians in Colorado. Early in his practice, he sought expertise from specialists and physicians throughout North America and helped create Vails community hospital. It was among the first Western Slope clinics to have an intensive care unit, an obstetrics and gynecology department and evolved quickly to treat orthopedic-related and problems medical problems of visitors to Vail Mountain in the early years. Cardiac-related services soon grew at the medical center, as did the cancer center and hospice care.Eck was the first physician to serve on the Vail Ski Patrol. His experience as a flight surgeon in Vietnam was used to shape techniques used by the ski patrol. Eck still skis with the patrol each week and serves as its medical adviser.Among Ecks initiatives in his new job will be the development of clinical programs in the areas of cancer, genetics, ophthalmology, mental health and wellness. He will also continue with his work of philanthropy and fundraising efforts in the community.Ron Davis, chairman of the medical centers board of directors, recently asked Eck to take on the new role. When a community has an individual as knowledgeable, sensitive, caring and as visionary as Jack, we would be remiss in not utilizing his talents to create a better health organization with an eye to the future of our valley, Davis said. Our entire board and the medical staff, are thrilled that Jack is taking on this new endeavor. He is truly the heart and soul in initiating health care for the community. He will make a tremendous ambassador.My hope is to facilitate the very best recommendations for care and diagnostics for our patients, Eck said. I will never be totally removed from my medical practice and patients whom I truly love. I think it is time to step back and do more collaborating with the great medical talent that is here so that we can care for more people more effectively. We have grown and we continue to grow. That prospect excites me.Ecks passions include aviation, fly-fishing, skiing and, of late, world travel. He lives in Edwards with his wife, Kathleen, a practicing attorney and real estate broker with Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.

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