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Vail Health Hospital Construction Project

To better blend the west wing aesthetics of the hospital with the new east wing, improve the in-patient and employee experience in the Patient Care Unit (PCU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Family Birth Center (FBC), and relocate clinical services from the Medical Professional Building to the new hospital tower, Vail Health Hospital is continuing its master facility plan during a two-year construction project. The project is broken out into three phases of construction.

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PLEASE NOTE that construction could have an impact on the availability of single patient rooms in the Patient Care Unit and Family Birthing Center and some rerouting of walking paths may occur while upgrades are made to corridors. There will potentially be noise impacts from construction throughout the west wing. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we work to improve the experience throughout the facility.

Relocation of Medical Professional Building Services

Vail Health Hospital tower construction began in December 2021 and is underway until May 2022. Included in this project is moving operations from the Medical Professional Building into the 5th floor of the new Vail Health Hospital tower in the east wing. Services being relocated include: Colorado Mountain Medical and Urgent Care, Cardiac Clinic, Cardiac Rehab Gym, and Surgical Associates. In the west wing, the inpatient pharmacy and 2nd floor corridor will also receive significant makeovers.

Colorado Mountain Medical and Urgent Care

Colorado Mountain Medical (CMM) and Urgent Care will be relocating from the Medical Professional Building into the 5th floor of the Vail Health Hospital east wing tower. The waiting room will offer a spectacular southern view of Vail Mountain. The move will bring patient services closer together, making it easier for patients to navigate between different services and reducing the need to access two separate buildings for care. Colorado Mountain Medical patients will access the 5th floor through the main entrance from South Frontage Road. The expected opening of the new space is June 2022.

Surgical Associates, Cardiac Clinic and Cardiac Rehab Gym

Surgical Associates, the Cardiac Clinic and the Cardiac Rehab Gym will relocate to the 5th floor of the Vail Health Hospital east wing tower, combining the three into one central area. Surgical Associates and the Cardiac Clinic were both formerly in the Medical Professional Building, and the Cardiac Rehab Gym was on the far west end of the 1st floor of Vail Health Hospital. This consolidation positions patient services closer to the Emergency Department and Imaging and allows cardiac physicians to have direct access to patients utilizing the Cardiac Rehab Gym. Access to the 5th floor will be through the main entrance from South Frontage Road. The expected opening of the new space is June 2022.

Location Shift: In-Patient Pharmacy in West Wing

The in-patient pharmacy located in the lobby of the west wing will shift location to the space next to the current location. This new space offers more than 2,000 square feet for the pharmacy, increasing staff efficiency and workflow. The in-patient pharmacy will include an expanded receiving area, new break room and conference room, offices and expanded ISO Class 7 and ISO Class 5 hazardous and non-hazardous compounding rooms, and new high-density mobile shelving for future growth.

Construction Project Enhancements

Construction is currently underway and will last from approximately February 2022 until August 2023. This phase includes a refresh to the PCU, ICU, and FBC, all older areas of the hospital that will be updated with new aesthetics and finishes, as well as improved workflow for employees. This phase also includes the addition of a Chapel, Chaplain’s office and family waiting room.

Family Birth Center Upgrades

All Family Birth Center (FBC) delivery rooms will receive new flooring, paint, ceilings, and toilet room doors. The postpartum rooms will also receive flooring and paint updates. All patient rooms will receive infrastructure for future smart room technology, which will be implemented in mid-2023. The nurse station and staff break room will receive upgrades, and a triage room and a parent changing room will be added on the east end of the Family Birth Center.

Intensive Care Unit Upgrades

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will be upgraded with new flooring and paint. All patient rooms will receive infrastructure for future smart room technology, which will be implemented in mid-2023.

Patient Care Unit Upgrades

The north and west Patient Care Unit (PCU) rooms will receive new flooring, paint, ceilings, and restroom upgrades, including new toilet room doors. The showers will be renovated to eliminate the current curbed shower entry and be replaced with sloped access for easier entry. New tiling will also be added throughout the restroom. Plumbing fixtures on showers and sinks will be upgraded. The PCU rooms will be set up as a single patient room for a better patient experience but still be able to operate in an overflow capability for two patients, when necessary. All patient rooms will receive infrastructure for future smart room technology, which will be implemented in mid-2023. Nurse stations on both the east and west PCU will be upgraded, with a central workstation, specimen printer, and accessories for staff efficiency and overall improved workflow.

Smart Room Technology

In late summer 2023, all infrastructure will be in place to implement smart room technology in patient rooms. This service will integrate with new smart monitors in rooms to provide enhanced entertainment, food ordering and educational services to the patients in the Patient Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and Family Birth Center.

New Chapel and Chaplain’s Office

A new addition to Vail Health Hospital, a Chapel and Chaplain’s office will be added on the 2nd floor of the west wing. This location will allow the Chaplains to be closer to patients’ rooms and visitors and will be a multi-denominational space. The physician’s sleep room and hospitalist office previously located in the space will be relocated to the north of the central wing.

Family Waiting Room Addition

A family waiting room will be re-added to the 2nd floor of the west wing.

Corridor Construction Projects

Corridor construction projects will occur later and includes updates to the aesthetics and finishes of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor corridors of the west wing to blend with the look of the east wing.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floor West Wing Corridors

All corridors and elevators will be upgraded to reflect the finishes and aesthetics in the east wing. Ceilings will be replaced, as needed. Some rerouting of walking paths will occur while construction is being completed to the corridors. There will potentially be noise impacts from construction.

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Eagle County's Hospital of the Future Is Complete

Since 1965, Vail Health has become the world’s most advanced mountain healthcare system, providing Olympic-quality orthopaedics and sports medicine, leading evidence-based research, modern cancer care and extensive cardiology capabilities. The need for increased space, enhanced technology and modernized infrastructure has been met.  

Vail Health's New Entrance Opened December 1, 2020

Our updated 520,000-square-foot hospital in Vail 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

Summer 2020: Chris Knight, Construction Director, offers a virtual tour of the hospital’s construction progress. 

Phase I: West Wing, 2015-2017

Phase II: East Wing, 2017-2020

Our state-of-the-art medical campus will aim to exceed the expectations of the diverse patients we serve. The facility will directly contribute to improvements in patient care, safety and privacy, and operational efficiencies. Patient access and parking will be dramatically improved by moving the hospital’s main entrance to S. Frontage Rd., increasing parking (including covered parking) and making emergency care more convenient.

To ensure the medical services of our hospital and our partners on campus go uninterrupted, the Master Facility Plan is broken into two phases

PHASE I: West Wing 2015-2017 Complete 
PHASE II: East Wing 2018-2020  

Vail Health has been serving the Town of Vail, Eagle County and guests from around the world for over 50 years. Over that time, healthcare has become increasingly complex and the regional population and guest volume have grown substantially.
The Vail Health Hospital has done an outstanding job of evolving with these trends and providing world-class, top-quality care over these five decades, but it is an aging facility.
  • Some buildings are nearing 50 years of age.
  • The basic mechanical and electrical systems are ready for upgrades and replacement.
  • Some of the new services that have been added over the years have been placed where room could be found; sometimes causing disjointed functional relationships between types of services and patient access.  
  • Space is confined, inefficient, and not keeping pace with the state of the industry or with hospitals that have been recently built or renovated in Aspen, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat and other mountain communities.
To address this need, Vail Health has proposed a multi-million dollar Master Facility Plan that will make Eagle County a center of medical excellence and improve the healthcare available to the community and our guests.
  • An updated, highly-functional hospital that is easy to access and navigate.
  • A new state-of-the-art Emergency Department.
  • An upgraded Patient Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit, providing improved privacy and dignity for patients.
  • A relocated helipad on the medical center campus with direct access to the hospital, eliminating time-consuming transfers of critical patients and newborns.
  • Appropriate medical space for physician groups.
  • Expanded sports medicine research labs and capabilities.
  • Increased parking capacity, including covered parking.
  • A new main entrance off of S. Frontage Road, thereby removing 100% of patient, visitor, emergency and staff traffic from W. Meadow Drive.
  • A new concealed loading zone with an on-site manager to further minimize public impact.  
  • Enhanced appearance to complement the architectural renaissance in the villages and neighborhood.
PHASE I: West Wing 2015-2017
PHASE II: East Wing 2018-2020 
A new 350,000-square-foot east wing will improve patient care by including:
  • State-of-the-art 24/7 Emergency Department
  • Relocated helipad on the medical center campus with direct access to the hospital
  • Appropriate medical space for physician groups
  • Imaging/radiology department
  • Increased covered parking
  • Main entrance off South Frontage Road
  • Enclosed loading zone
  • Pharmacy, gift shop and coffee shop

During this time:

  • All medical services will remain fully functional.
  • Emergency Department accessible via West Meadow Drive.
  • Hospital patients and visitors should valet park on West Meadow Drive or self-park in Lionshead Parking structure and walk to the west entrance.

For more information call (970) 476-2451   

If you would like to hear more about the Master Facility Plan and receive email updates about the project, please email us at