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New operating rooms planned for Edwards

Vail Daily staff report
Edwards, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – Improvements at the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Edwards Pavilion will include three new operating rooms, more office space and additional recovery rooms, the hospital announced Thursday.

The addition is in response to the community’s need for a convenient downvalley operating space, and the need to alleviate crowding and parking problems at the Vail campus, said Doris Kirchner, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the hospital.

The new operating room expansion will serve patients who don’t require overnight stays for their recovery for orthopedic and gastrointestinal procedures, plastic surgeries and pain management procedures.

Detailing improvement plans announced earlier this spring, hospital officials said the expansion will involve reconfiguring a 9,500-square-foot space in the Edwards Pavilion. The project will cost $7 million for construction and equipment and is slated to be open in summer or fall of 2010.

“The current outpatient operating room space in Vail is nearing capacity,” says Kirchner. “This expansion will accommodate a large portion of the medical center’s downvalley patient base, allow VVMC’s surgical partners the space to recruit new surgeons for a growing clientele and reduce some of the pressure on the Vail campus.”

Other parts of the hospital’s improvement plan include a new level 5 emergency care facility in Gypsum, a reconfiguration of the emergency department at the Vail campus and additional private patient rooms in Vail.

Construction for the reconfiguration will be put to bid.

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