Letter: Super knee care in Vail
CEO - Vail Resorts
Vail, CO Colorado
Unfortunately, I recently added to my many experiences coming to Vail over the past 18 years ” a knee surgery. I guess it was inevitable, after many years of trying to make sure I had tackled everything the mountain had to offer.
While missing the rest of this great season truly stinks, I did get a chance to find out how the community supports those who unfortunately sustain injuries. First, the excellence of Dr. Sterett and the rest of the team at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic were obvious at all times. That, I expected. What I did not know was how unbelievable the care and support would be from everyone in the Howard Head Sports Medicine Center. To Phil, Jesse, Laurie, Vicki and Matt: I cannot thank you enough. You all were truly amazing.
One small favor: I would appreciate if you did not disclose how many times I cried
during my quad sets. I will also never forget Richard, who whisked me up in a wheelchair when I first arrived and immediately set the tone for the care that is provided throughout the center. My other surprise was finding the support of Cindy Nelson and Juli Young, who run a business in town called Here 2 Help. In addition to them being true angels in helping me with anything I needed through this entire process, their experience was very calming. Candidly, I am a little hesitant to “tout” their experience ” 12 knee surgeries between them ” but it was invaluable to me as I realized that even the simplest movements needed to be relearned.
While I am sure much of this is common knowledge to many in town, I wanted to publicly give my thanks to so many who did so much for me. What tremendous resources we have here in all of these compassionate, caring people and organizations. I intend to make sure everyone’s hard effort on me is not for naught and will be back to the slopes in full force next season.
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