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O’Brien leaves Vail hospital boards

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Wendy Griffith/Special to the Vail DailyThe Vail Valley Medical Center directors - back row, left to right: Ron Davis, Art Kelton, Chupa Nelson, Jack Eck, Paul Johnston, Paul Testwuide, Buzz Potts, Reg Franciose, Alice Ruth, Chip Woodland; front row, left to right: Donald Mengedoth, Andy Daly, Ed O'Brien, Wayne Wenzel

VAIL, Colorado – Ed O’Brien, a 20-year Vail, Colorado local with real estate acumen and a volunteer spirit, is stepping down after 11 years on Vail Valley Medical Center’s board of directors and two years as the chairman of the board of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation.

The medical center’s board oversees the operation of the hospital and plans for its future, while the foundation manages the capital campaign to finance the nonprofit organization.

O’Brien even took over for a short stint as the hospital’s interim CEO in late 2004.

“I view VVMC as one of the most significant organizations which serves this community,” O’Brien said. “I have had an interest in medical-related nonprofits for many years and thought it was a worthy place to lend a hand to the community in which I believe.

“There is not a better place to live than Vail and, to the extent I could make a contribution, I was pleased and honored to do so.”

During O’Brien’s volunteer years, the hospital purchased the Weststar Bank Building in Vail, expanded the Vail Surgery Center and the created the Women’s and Children’s Center. He was also involved in the financing of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Jack’s Place, where cancer patients can stay while receiving treatment.

“His undying dedication to our institution and tireless work on our behalf has been extraordinary,” said Ron Davis, chairman of the hospital board.

O’Brien has had a long tenure in real estate development, financing and municipal financing for a variety of projects. He worked with Vail Resorts on the completion of Beaver Creek Village and the development of Bachelor Gulch Village, among other projects.

Active in a number of valley nonprofits, O’Brien has served or continues to serve on the boards of numerous local metropolitan districts, property owner associations, the Colorado Ski Museum and Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, the Heuga Center and currently remains the chairman of the Eagle River Fire Protection District.

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