Vail Health Foundation

A nonprofit organization

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As an independent community hospital, Vail Health can remain flexible and respond to the community's changing needs. Philanthropy has been critical for Vail Health Shaw Cancer Center, Jack's Place, the newly-remodeled Vail Health Hospital, Howard Head Sports Medicine, and our area of greatest need.

Vail Health is locally operated and governed by a volunteer board of directors, Vail Health includes a 56-bed hospital, accredited by the Joint Commission. Our 24/7 emergency department in Vail is a Level III Trauma Center with an onsite helipad for necessary medical transports. 

Vail Health provides a wide array of services and access points, including Colorado Mountain Medical, Beaver Creek Medical Center, urgent care clinics in Vail, Dillon, Avon and Eagle, Edwards medical campus, Eagle Healthcare Center, and a multispecialty clinic in Frisco. Howard Head Sports Medicine offers physical therapy services at 10 locations and works closely with our internationally renowned orthopaedic partners at The Steadman Clinic and Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery. In addition, Vail Health's Shaw Cancer Center and Sonnenalp Breast Center are the region’s only fully accredited cancer treatment center and comprehensive breast center. 

The Vail Clinic, which was founded in 1965, officially became “Vail Valley Medical Center” in 1980, its first year as a full-service hospital. At that time, we had one primary location and 25 physicians. Today, Vail Health includes the hospital in Vail as well as affiliated service locations in 12 towns throughout Eagle and Summit counties, over 1,300 employees, 460 credentialed physicians, and around 90 volunteers.



The Vail Health Foundation is an independent a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate health across our mountain communities by generating philanthropy for Vail Health, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, and our partner organizations.

Background Statement

2021: The new Dillon Health Center opened in November of 2021 providing family medicine and urgent care through Colorado Mountain Medical, cancer care from Shaw Cancer Center and Breast Clinic, orthopedic surgery from the Steadman Clinic and Vail Summit Orthapeadics & Neurosurgery in the Dillon Surgery Center, and more.

2020: On December 1, 2020, Vail Health completed its east wing renovation, which increased our emergency department (ED) capacity from six patient rooms to 15 to serve our growing community better. The helipad, accessed from the ED by elevator, saves approximately 45 minutes for specialized medical transports when every second counts. Other upgrades included a renovated pharmacy, lobby, and increased parking.

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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Vail Health Foundation

other names

Vail Health, VHF, Vail Valley Medical Center

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Health Care


322 Beard Creek Rd
Edwards, CO 81632


181 W Meadow Dr
Vail, CO 81657


PO Box 1529
Vail, CO 81658

Service areas

Eagle County, CO, US





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