Vail hospital plans Edwards surgery center |

Vail hospital plans Edwards surgery center

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Vail Valley Medical Center's new surgery center will be part of the campus that houses the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Jack's Place on Beard Creek Road in Edwards.

VAIL – Vail Valley Medical Center plans to start work on a new surgery center in Edwards sometime this year, Chief Executive Officer Doris Kirchner announced Thursday.

Plans for the surgery center have been in the works for several years. The new surgery center will be part of the campus that houses the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Jack’s Place on Beard Creek Road.

Hospital officials are ironing out the details of what types of surgeries the center will offer, Kirchner said. Tentative plans show four to six operating rooms, she said.

Kirchner expects the hospital board to decide on the scope of the project within the next few months. She expects the cost of the new facility to range from $9 to $12 million, noting money will come from the medical center’s internal revenues.

Kirchner expects the surgery center to open in 2012. Currently, the hospital campus in Vail is the only Vail Valley Medical Center facility that offers surgery. The Edwards facility will add an option further downvalley.

“We recognize the need for a surgery center in the geographical core of the community that we serve,” Kirchner said in a news release. “Edwards is a prime location with sufficient room for expansion and we already own the land.”

Expanding surgical capacity to Edwards is one of many initiatives in the Vail Valley Medical Center’s three- to five-year plan, according to the news release. Several of the initiatives have already been completed, including private patient rooms at the Vail campus, the addition of helicopter service in Eagle County, the opening of Gypsum Urgent Emergent Care and the addition of a PET/CT (Positron emission tomography – computed tomography) scanner at Shaw Regional Cancer Center, the release said.

Projects outlined in the plan that are currently underway include the reconfiguration of the Vail Emergency Department.

“A core focus of our new mission is to make services available and convenient for people living throughout Eagle County,” Kirchner said in the news release. “By expanding surgical care to Edwards, we will make procedures commonly sought by locals closer to the majority of the county’s year-round population. Overall, we’ll have a more easily accessible surgical capacity.”

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