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Vail hospital plans Edwards renovations

VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Valley Medical Center said Friday it is remodeling its Edwards campus to create more surgery areas, more patient rooms and more “efficient” clinic and office space for physicians.

President and CEO John Cassin said in a statement that the plans will improve facilities and help retain and recruit workers.

Many of the improvements announced Friday will happen over the next one to two years, said Jens Werner, who works for a PR agency that works for the hospital.

The changes are the start of a “master facility development” plan for the hospital. The strategic plan will address increased medical needs in the county as well as the “demands of destination orthopedic services,” Cassin said.

The changes also aim to increase the hospital’s financial performance, he said.

Cassin said he will also continue to explore reconfiguring the hospital’s emergency department.

“Technological upgrades, physical constraints and the population expansion to western Eagle County are all being taken into account,” Cassin said in the statement. “We contracted Reach Advisors, a Boston-based research firm, to conduct research on the perception of health care in Eagle County. The results of the research give us insight into health-care utilization patterns, demographic changes and the services required to accommodate current and future needs of the patients we serve.”

Hospital spokeswoman Denise Triba did not return a phone message. A call to Cassin was referred to Triba.

The hospital, citing space restraints at its Vail campus, has previously announced two scenarios for moving facilities downvalley.

Under one scenario, a new medical campus of about 30 acres and 125 beds would be built downvalley. Some medical care would stay in Vail, such as emergency services, urgent care, X-rays and physical therapy.

Under a second scenario, the Vail campus would become a center for orthopedic medicine, building upon the reputation of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, a world-renowned orthopedics center.

A “community” hospital offering services such as obstetrics and other care that caters to local residents would be built downvalley.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.




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