Vail’s Dr. Steadman wins Spirit of Betty Ford Award
VAIL, Colorado -World renowned surgeon and longtime Vail, Colorado resident Dr. Richard Steadman will be honored next month with the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ highest award. Steadman, a founder of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, will receive the award at the alpine gardens’ annual fundraising gala on Aug. 13, at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion.”With the highest respect for Mrs. Ford and what she represents, I’m honored to be chosen,” Steadman says. “I’m grateful and humbled to be given this award and to share the company of past recipients.”Steadman joins past winners Helen Fritch, Allie Coppeak and Martha Head.Steadman, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of knee disorders, moved to Vail in 1990 and was joined by shoulder specialist Dr. Richard Hawkins in founding what is now one of the world’s leading orthopedic practices, the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, based at Vail Valley Medical Center.During a stint in Lake Tahoe, Steadman started a nonprofit sports medicine foundation to conduct research in knee surgery and rehabilitation projects. That organization exists today in Vail as the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation. He also was named chief physician for the U.S. Ski Team, for whom he developed special surgical techniques that allowed several members to return to competition and win Olympic medals and championships.”The work we do at the foundation is as much about helping grandparents continue being active with their grandchildren and children as it is about getting professional athletes back in the game,” Steadman says.For more information about the Betty Ford gardens fundraising gala, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.