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.
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.
2010 Gypsum Urgent Care
opens, providing urgent health care for patients of all ages in a convenient location down valley.
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 Cente
r, doubling the size and scope of the existing OB department and offering a Level II Nursery. Opening of the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
July 23, 2001 Shaw Regional Cancer Center
opens to the public. On August 4, 2001 Dedication celebration of Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
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.