Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation Dance set for Dec. 28 |

Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation Dance set for Dec. 28

Daily staff report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” December 28 marks the 28th annual Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation Family Dinner Dance, this year themed “Living the Legacy.” Each year, proceeds are invested in a specific department or program to enhance patient care.

This year, the event’s proceeds benefit Women and Children’s Services at Vail Valley Medical Center, an area that has seen significant growth in the past few years.

In 2007 alone, 695 babies were born at VVMC. While VVMC does have a level II nursery, a neonatal intensive care unit, 24-hour pediatric hospitalist care (funded in part by last year’s Family Dinner Dance) and Eagle Healthcare Center, more funding is needed to continue to enhance the services to meet an ever-growing population in the Vail Valley. Support this year will allow VVMC to expand upon its current services and add new services and equipment to the hospital and clinics.

“We chose ‘Living the Legacy’ as our theme this year because it is largely the legacy of giving in this valley that has made VVMC what it is today,” says John Cassin, president and chief executive officer of VVMC. “Vail has always recognized that a strong medical center is one of the cornerstones of a strong community and has been tremendously benevolent in supporting the needs of the hospital throughout the years.”

VVMC’s primary mission has always been to provide the highest quality of healthcare for the community. From its beginning as a clinic with four patient beds and some ancillary services, VVMC has grown to include the areas of primary health, pediatrics, orthopedics, cancer, home health and surgery. The spirit of giving in the community has also grown from a few dedicated individuals to include a multitude of Vail’s most passionate and philanthropic citizens and second home owners.

“We have a very motivated group of both young and seasoned donors in the valley,” says Chupa Nelson, member of VVMC’s Board of Directors. “That mix is good to see and provides optimism for ongoing support for the future. Everyone knows that healthcare is vitally important; we all need it.”

On average, one in four individuals living in VVMC’s service area will require medical service in the coming year. Through fund raising events like the Family Dinner Dance, VVMC can assure cutting edge equipment and service.

“I was personally motivated to get involved with the hospital years ago after having a great experience as a patient,” adds Nelson. “VVMC has real value in our community and to our families; it’s up to the community to be sure it is the best it can be.”

In years past, the Family Dinner Dance has benefitted everything from Shaw Cancer Center to advanced nursing education and funding for 24 hour pediatric hospitalist care. Funds are raised through sponsorships by local businesses and groups, individual ticket sales and private donations.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation’s 28th Annual Family Dinner Dance are still available. For more information, call 970-479-7244.

What: Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation Family Dinner Dance

Where: Vail Marriott, Vail

When: Dec. 28, starts at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Starts at $250, a portion of which is tax deductible

More information: Call 970-479-7244

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