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New clinic will improve care

Dr. Drew WernerVail, CO, Colorado

EAGLE The winds of change are in the air. A new medical facility, The Eagle Health Care Center, is opening on Sylvan Lake Road off the Route 6 entrance to Eagle Ranch Nov. 5.Dear Doc: I heard they are building a new medical facility in Eagle Ranch. Will you be moving there? Can you tell me more about it? A longtime patientDear patient: Valley View Hospital, in conjunction with Vail Valley Medical Center, has been working on the Eagle Health Care Center for at least seven years. As the Eagle, Gypsum and other downvalley communities have grown, so has the need for medical care. Valley View Hospital was founded in 1955 to provide high-quality health care to the residents of Colorados Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties. Vail Valley Medical Center has its roots dating back to 1962 with the opening of the Vail ski area. Initially caring for patients as a medical office, it expanded with surgical, orthopedic and obstetric services with the construction of a new wing in 1979. As long ago as 1962, physicians from Glenwood Springs would make the trip to Eagle to bring needed medical care. In 1974, Valley View Hospital and Vail Valley Medical Center joined forces to provide medical care to Eagle five days a week, thanks to the hard work of Dr. Jack Eck, Dr. Tom Steinberg, Dr. Bill Bevan and Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs. The rest is history, as they say. The new Eagle Health Care Center is just as the name implies: a coming together of many physicians, many specialties and two hospitals. We will be providing extended hours in the evening, as well as medical care on Saturdays. Our new facility will continue to offer routine X-rays, but will also have the ability to perform mammograms and bone density testing. As you have come to know, family medicine care for all ages will continue as my office the Eagle Valley Medical Center and the Colorado Mountain Medical office in Eagle moves to their truly spectacular new spaces. Specialists from both hospitals will be available to take care of your surgical, orthopedic, pediatric, ears, nose & throat, cbstetric, gynecological and urologic needs. I am also excited to say that we will have cardiology and cardiac stress testing. There will be two physical therapy suites to help you heal, regain strength and perform at your very best. They will have the same focus in providing a healing an environment of care, along with the best physical therapists. At this time, continuous medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week will not be available, although as the community continues to grow we are committed to working hard to meet your needs.The Eagle Health Care Center is the beginning of a true medical campus in Eagle Ranch. I am very excited by the medical care and future opportunities it brings to our community. Inspired by the Valley Views Planetree philosophy of patient centered care, I am sure you will find the facility itself as healing as the care provided within. I hope you can join us today from 3 to 6 p.m. for a community ribbon-cutting and reception.The new Eagle Health Care Center has been built for our entire community. I am looking forward to working with everyone in providing the best care for you. That is our challenge, to continue to exceed your expectations and meet your needs by working together as physicians and patients sharing our wonderful community.Next article will continue with more information on the flu. Until then, it is time to start getting your flu shot, either now, or after Nov. 5 at the new Eagle Health Care Center!Dr. Drew Werner of the Eagle Valley Medical Center writes a regular column for the Daily. He encourages health questions. Write him by e-mail to editor@vaildaily.com or c/o Editor, Vail Daily, P.O. Box 81, Vail, 81658.


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