The Vail Health Foundation is an independent a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate philanthropy and awareness that supports Vail Health and its state-of-the-art health care programs for the entire Eagle County community. Locally operated and governed by a volunteer board of directors, Vail Health includes a 56-bed hospital, accredited by the Joint Commission.
2020: Vail Health has become the world's most advanced mountain healthcare system. Our updated 520,000-square-foot hospital opened on December 1, 2020 and improves access to high-quality care by including:
- A state-of-the-art 24/7 Emergency Department with dedicated behavioral health rooms for patients in crisis
- A roof-top helipad with direct elevator access to the hospital, reducing transport times by 30-45 minutes
- Improved medical space for nurses and providers
- Additional operating rooms
- A new imaging/radiology department
Increased covered parking
- A main entrance off South Frontage Road West
- An enclosed loading zone and covered, snowmelt concrete ambulance bay
- LEED certified standards
- A new pharmacy, gift shop, Starbucks and outdoor patio with scenic views of Vail Mountain
2017: Vail Valley Medical Center changes its name to Vail Health, a comprehensive health care system serving locals and visitors. Still locally operated, Vail Health includes locations in 9 towns across Eagle and Summit counties.
2017: Phase 1 of the Master Facility Plan complete: West wing renovations and expansions include Surgical Services, Howard Head Sports Medicine, Patient Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, a new 4th floor for The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute.
2015: Vail Valley Medical Center starts construction on a 5-year Master Facility Plan to make Eagle County a center of medical excellence and improve the healthcare available to the community and guests. Cardiac Catheterization Lab opens.
2012: Vail Valley Surgery Center opens a convenient, central valley location in Edwards.
2010: Gypsum Urgent Care opens, providing urgent health care for patients of all ages in a convenient location down valley.
2007: Jack's Place opens at Shaw Cancer Center as a cancer caring house for those in need of lodging during cancer treatment.
2007: Eagle Healthcare Center opens in Eagle Ranch with cardiology, wound care, surgical consultation, occupational medicine, and orthopaedic sports therapy services.
2006: Avon Medical Center (now named Avon Urgent Care) opens, providing urgent health care in the heart of Avon and the Vail Valley.
2002: Opening of the Sonnenalp Breast Center on the Edward Medical Campus, offering leading breast imaging services locally including 3D mammography, breast bopsy, breast MRI's and ultrasounds. Opening of the Women & Children's Center, doubling the size and scope of the existing OB department and offering a Level II Nursery. Opening of the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
2001: July 23, 2001 Shaw Cancer Center opens to the public. On August 4, 2001 Dedication celebration of Shaw Cancer Center.
2000 May 17, 2000 Shaw Regional Cancer Center groundbreaking.
1998 Edwards Pavilion opens with offices for physicians, human resources, patient accounts and development.
1989 Another 30,000 square foot expansion begins, adding four new operating rooms, physician offices, and a parking structure. The hospital becomes a regional medical facility.
1987: A $7 million, 40,000 square foot expansion is completed and includes the addition of Howard Head Sports Medicine Center and 20 hospital beds.
1980: Vail Clinic changes its name to Vail Valley Medical Center in its first year as a full-service hospital. That year, the hospital does 350 surgical operations and employs 25 full-time physicians.
1979: Construction of a new wing is completed and the clinic begins to accommodate obstetrics, general surgery and orthopaedics.
1967: The clinic moves to West Meadow Drive and the Mill Creek Court Building becomes the central supply and purchasing area. Board members begin fundraising to accommodate the growing needs of the hospital as it serves an ever-increasing population.
1965: Vail Clinic opens a small clinic in the Mill Creek Court Building with Dr. Tom Steinberg as Vail's first full-time doctor.
1962: As the Vail ski area opens, the founders of the resort contract a doctor for the winter months to provide medical care to skiers, setting up an office in what is now the kitchen at the Red Lion restaurant.
"Dr. Greenberg and his team are great, and they treated me so well. I'm tearing it up now, jumping off the [ski] lift and smoking down the mountain."
"Being independent allows the hospital to keep the community's best interests at heart, providing an incredible number of specialties for a community our size."
"Cancer is a journey like any journey, taking you to new places and discoveries. It is a journey with many gifts, and one of the greatest for me has been coming for treatment to the Shaw and staying at Jack's Place!"
"Thanks to Howard Head, I'm climbing even better than I was before my first injury."