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 health care 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 Regional 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 biopsy, 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 Regional Cancer Center opens to the public. On August 4, 2001 Dedication celebration of Shaw Regional 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 physical therapy 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. 

Nowadays on average 500 babies are born at Vail Health Hospital annually but in the early years, things were a little different. The clinic was located on Bridge Street where the Red Lion is today then moved to its current location on West Meadow Drive in 1967. While the clinic did not offer obstetrics until around 1979, there are stories of babies being born in the area when the commute to hospitals in Leadville, Glenwood Springs or Denver was not possible.  

As proud parents will tell you, there is something “cool” about having a Vail baby. It’s as if being born in Vail ingrains a natural athletic ability, an adventurous spirit and a level of happiness and kindness that Valley dwellers are known to exude.

The fate of a Vail Baby is sealed with a Vail Health's "I'm a Vail Baby" keepsake. From onsies in the 80's to beanies today. All Vail babies receive a priceless keepsake to remind them of where their life began and the special significance that it holds.


Carl Eaton 65 Sam Gale 69 Guzik95 97 Dillon Mueller97 JohnAllisonOneill

Carl Eaton
*1st baby boy
born in Vail
♥ Read his story ♥

Beaver Creek Lift Maintenance Manager

Samantha Gale
*1st baby girl
born in Vail
Currently living in Vail Valley
Gabriella Guzik 5/16/95
Claire Guzik 3/18/97
Ex cattle owners, pig raisers, rodeo queens, dancers
Dillon Mueller
*1997 VVMC
New Years Baby
Plays mandolin, ukele, guitar, skier
John O'Neill
Allison O'Neill
John - USA Pro Triathlete
Allison - BMHS Teacher, Coach
craigwilmers88 Kyla Arguello 90 Dustin Arguello93 Isabella Arguello 98 RYanSouton83
Craig Wilmers
Vail Valley resident & local mechanic
Kyla Arguello
2013 CSU graduate & ski instructor
Dustin Arguello
CSU student & Beaver Creek employee
Isabella Arguello
EVHS student
Ryan Souto
Manager of the Wolcott Yacht Club
Beran Michelle 85 Peyton Beran 2011 ValentinaVirion Bruntz Lani89 KieferKaufman1997
Michelle Beran
Vail Valley Medical Center employee
Peyton Beran
Michelle's daughter & fun loving toddler
Valentina Virion
Student at SAU in Scotland
Lani Bruntz
College graduate working with IMBA
Kiefer Kaufman
EVHS student
Adam Jorck Andy Jorck Matt Dillon LucasCross82 PatriciaCross85
Adam Jorck
2014 CSU graduate & Vail Ski Patrol
Andy Jorck
CSU student

Matt Dillon
CU student & ex-SSCV competitor

Lucas Cross
EVHS teacher & wrestling coach
Patricia Cross
Youth Treatment Counselor, Denver Children's Home
JessicaChristensen88 MatthewKelseyChristensen93 kateMoore Molly Phannenstiel Max Phannenstiel

Jessica Christensen
Manages retail stores in Arvada

Matthew & Kelsey Christensen 4/25/93
Matthew, UNC
Kelsey, CU Denver
Kate Moore
LCHS student, Molly's cousin
Molly Phannenstiel
BMHS student,
← Kate's cousin
Max Phannenstiel
VCHS student,
violin, guitar
Taneshia Lozano80 WesleyAllen92 HeatherMccoy86 SaraYoung89 Lukekirby83
Taneshia Lozano
Medical Assistant & owner of Dolci Bakery
Wesley Allen 12/21/92 Heather McCoy
Colorado Mtn Medical employee & ski instructor
Sara Young
Registered Nurse in Evanston Wyoming
Luke Kirby
Vail Ski Patrol
MichelleHiland BriannaHiland86 GrantStevenson James Stevenson Sebastian Moritz
Michelle Hiland
IT Support & Data Processing
Brianna Hiland
Registered Nurse
Grant Stevenson
Adventurer, Alaska Medical Solutions
James Stevenson
Chinese linguist for the US DOS in Taipei, Taiwan
Sebastian Moritz
VCHS student
KeithDenton Katie Denton AlexanderSchmidt ChristopherSchmidt AlecCampbell97
Keith Denton
Vail Mountain Club & Eagle Springs Golf Club
Katie Denton
Meadow Mtn Homes, Pure Barre Instructor
Schmidt 11/19/92
NAU student
Christopher Schmidt 8/16/90
NAU graduate, works locally in hospitality
Alec Campbell
VCHS student
Coe Jamie Roberts CourtneySarahShaw Ferr Collin Idzikowski Sydney Idzikowski
Pascoe Roberts
Jamie Roberts
Coe - Ski Patrol & landscaping
Jamie - Web Design
Courtney Shaw
Sarah Shaw
Courtney - Graphic Designer
Sarah - Quality Assurance Coor.
Alissa Ferri
Maternity Nurse, Pennsylvania
Collin Idzikowski
Berklee College music student
Sydney Idzikowski
Social worker graduate in NC