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Physicians Recognized By Their Peers

Emily Tamberino

VAIL CO — Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the 2015 winners of the Physician of the Year Clinical Excellence and Rising Star awards presented to Drs. Brajtbord Riberdy and Ickes respectively. The awards were presented at the hospital's annual Physician Recognition event.

“VVMC's success has always been in large part due to our impeccable medical staff” says President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “This year's Physician Recognition Award winners are standouts in their field and we are grateful to them for their dedication to serving our community.”

Each year medical staff members nominate their colleagues for physician awards and winners are chosen by their peers physician leadership and hospital administration. Over 300 Vail Valley Medical Center physicians are eligible for these honors.

The Physician of the Year award acknowledges a physician's leadership quality patient care contributions to the community and hospital and the utilization of evidenced-based medicine in daily practice. This year's award recipient is anesthesiologist Dr. Dan Brajtbord who is known for his professionalism integrity and honesty.

The Clinical Excellence Award acknowledges an exemplary physician who has contributed to cutting-edge techniques and/or research. Emergency Department physician Dr. Bernard Riberdy is known as an excellent highly-respected doctor and role model to his peers. He has worked at VVMC since 1994 and continues to improve processes within the facility.

The Rising Star Award is for physicians who embody all of the qualities of Physician of the Year but have been on staff at VVMC for five years or less. Dr. Kristen Ickes an adult hospitalist is known for her positive attitude and willingness to help out and teach others. She often goes above and beyond her clinical duties to ensure quality patient care.

Physician Recognition Awards have been a tradition at VVMC since 2006 and have been received by surgeons hospitalists pediatricians orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors and oncologists. While it's sometimes uncommon to find high-quality specialty physicians in a rural setting like Eagle County Vail Valley Medical Center believes in providing access to exceptional healthcare in the community where residents and their families live play and need it the most.

About Vail Valley Medical Center
From modest beginnings in 1965 VVMC has grown into one of the world's most advanced mountain hospitals providing Olympic-quality sports medicine leading evidence-based research modern cancer care and extensive cardiology services – all top-quality services with exceptional outcomes. An independent nonprofit medical center VVMC keeps hundreds of jobs and resources local better serving our community and visitors. Providing superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes VVMC offers expanding services low infection rates free community services and top-rated patient satisfaction scores.

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