Vail Valley Medical Center, Steadman Philippon Research Institute launch capital campaign |

Vail Valley Medical Center, Steadman Philippon Research Institute launch capital campaign

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A rendering of the west wing of the hospital, scheduled for completion in summer 2017.
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VAIL — Two benefactors have each made a $10 million gift to kick off the first-ever capital campaign for Vail Valley Medical Center and Steadman Philippon Research Institute. The organizations have combined efforts to raise $75 million to renovate and expand the hospital’s Vail campus and advance cutting-edge research right here in Eagle County. A total of more than $40 million has been raised toward the campaign goal.

President and CEO Doris Kirchner publicly launched the five-year campaign, called “Together — The Campaign for a Healthy, Active Tomorrow,” at the hospital’s annual Family Dinner Dance on Wednesday night. She thanked the Jay Precourt Family Foundation and Mike and Mary Sue Shannon for their lead campaign gifts of $10 million each. Wednesday was the final Dinner Dance, as VVMC turns its focus to other fundraising initiatives like the campaign.

“For 35 years, the Family Dinner Dance symbolized the community’s support of Vail Valley Medical Center,” Kirchner said. “As this tradition comes to an end, we look to the future, and last night was the perfect opportunity to officially launch our capital campaign, which will set the course for the next 35 years and beyond.”

Mike Shannon, chair of the Vail Health Services Board of Directors, addressed Dinner Dance guests, which included some of the hospital’s most treasured friends and their families.

“The partnership between VVMC and SPRI is groundbreaking. It brings together excellent clinicians with world-class researchers. This means our community and visitors from around the globe will receive the very best care possible.”Mike Shannon,Vail Health Services Board of Directors chair

“The partnership between VVMC and SPRI is groundbreaking,” Shannon said. “It brings together excellent clinicians with world-class researchers. This means our community and visitors from around the globe will receive the very best care possible.”

The ‘Hospital of Tomorrow’

Once completed, Vail Valley Medical Center’s comprehensive remodel and expansion will provide a comfortable, healing environment that enhances patient care. The construction project is being divided into multiple phases to ensure continuity of care through the duration.

The first phase, the west wing, features a 72,000-square-foot renovation and expansion and is scheduled for completion this summer. Already, the hospital has opened five new Intensive Care Unit patient rooms, an expanded and updated space for Howard Head Sports Medicine and a new fourth-floor for The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute. The new west wing main entrance and lobby and five new Patient Care Unit rooms will open in January, and 10 new, private pre-operative and eight post-operative rooms will open in April.

Upon completion of the west wing, the existing east wing will be replaced with a new 350,000-square-foot structure, which will feature a permanent main entrance and lobby off South Frontage Road, reducing foot and vehicle traffic on West Meadow Drive.

In addition, the east wing expansion includes a multi-level underground parking structure; a larger, state-of-the-art Level III Trauma Center; an expanded imaging department and admissions area; and an on-site helipad to reduce transfer times. The east wing is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Impact of research

The Together campaign will also support research studies at Steadman Philippon Research Institute. In particular, funds will benefit the work of Johnny Huard, Ph.D., world renowned for his research of adult stem cells as a new standard of care for injury and disease. This research has shown great potential in promoting healing, slowing aging and keeping people active.

Campaign dollars will also fund SPRI’s new BioMotion Lab. Directed by Scott Tashman, Ph.D., a nationally recognized biomotion expert, it is on track to be one of the best biomotion labs in the nation.

In addition, campaign dollars will support SPRI’s biomedical engineering research program, imaging technology and the Center for Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research. The goal of SPRI’s research is to develop less invasive procedures that produce better patient outcomes and quicker recovery times.

“The capital campaign will enable us to take our research to the next level and ultimately help improve the quality of life for more people,” said SPRI Board of Directors co-chair Marc Philippon, MD. “Pairing the high-quality care of VVMC and SPRI’s leading-edge research speaks to how unique we are here and what a destination Vail has become for research and medicine. In this case, one plus one isn’t two. One plus one equals four.”

To make a donation to the capital campaign, call 970-569-7760 or visit

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