Eagle County's Hospital of the Future

Eagle County's Hospital of the Future
Beginning over 50 years ago, Vail Health has grown into the world’s most advanced mountain hospital, providing Olympic-quality orthopaedics and sports medicine, leading evidence-based research, modern cancer care and extensive cardiology capabilities. While the care and services are outstanding, the infrastructure of our hospital campus in Vail is due for modernization. It is time for the hospital facility in America’s most famous mountain town to catch up with the premier care it provides. Support us in our effort to ensure Vail Health's healthcare ascension continues for the next 50 years. Now is the time to build your Eagle County hospital of the future.   

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

  • West Wing: 2015-2017
  • East Wing: 2017-2020
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: August 3, 2015
Vail Health is expanding and renovating the west wing of the Vail hospital from Aug. 2015 – 2020. 
  • Vail Health submitted the final Master Facility Plan Application to the Town of Vail in January 2015.
  • The Master Facility Plan was unanimously approved by the Planning and Environmental Commission (PEC) on January 26.
  • The Master Facility Plan was unanimously approved by Vail's Town Council on March 17.
  • The West Wing Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was unanimously approved by the Planning & Environmental Commission on March 23.
  • VVMC received final approval on the west wing from Vail’s Design Review Board (DRB) on June 3.
  • Construction on the west wing began on August 3, 2015.
  • ICU opened October 2016
During this time:
  • All medical services will remain fully functional.
  • Emergency Department accessible via West Meadow Drive.
  • All other patients and visitors will access VVMC via South Frontage Road.
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 build@vailhealth.org.