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Vail Valley Medical center talks expansion

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –The Vail Valley Medical Center began construction on a new emergency care center in Gypsum this week – one of many proposed additions to the medical center after the board announced the main campus in Vail wouldn’t move downvalley anytime soon.

Hospital board President Ron Davis met with the Vail Economic Advisory Council Tuesday to talk about the state of the Medical Center.

Immediate needs, he said, are more surgery rooms in Vail to be able to accommodate the two major orthopedic practices there – Steadman Hawkins Clinic and Vail Summit Orthopedics.

He said the orthopedics at Vail are the economic engines that allow the hospital to provide the services it can with such a small facility.

Services like cardiac care, physical therapy and an emergency room that ranks high in patient safety and care put the hospital in a higher class than many similar in size, Davis said.

That’s why the board is having continued talks about how to catch up to the growth downvalley, with one major focus on trying to provide other venues that are less expensive where the hospital can service the needs of the downvalley population, Davis said.

While many of the ideas are still just ideas, Davis proposed meeting more often with groups like the Economic Advisory Council and other municipalities to make sure everyone communicates about what the plans and needs are for the future.

Mark Gordon, a Vail Town Council member and Economic Advisory Council member, said the advisory council would do everything to keep the relationship open in order to “benefit the community and the hospital.”

The hospital could ask for exceptions in the future, such as adding a fourth floor to the Vail building, in order to best serve the community, Davis said.

“We’re a not-for-profit business,” Davis said. “We can have the mutual trust and respect that what we’re doing is best for the community.”

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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