Vail Health facing mounting workforce, financial headwinds as it continues to grow services

Ali Longwell | Vail Daily

A look inside Vail Health’s 2022 fiscal year and the challenges, priorities and opportunities that lay ahead

Despite the challenges — and there have been challenges — of the past few years in health care, Vail Health is forging ahead.

“After three years of a pandemic, it’s time to emerge and try to get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Will Cook, Vail Health’s president and CEO, at the annual State of Vail Health on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

In recapping Vail Health’s fiscal 2022, Cook highlighted internal and external obstacles — predominantly regarding its workforce and financial situation — and celebrated some of its achievements as he looked ahead to the future.

“Despite all the external headwinds and despite all the internal challenges, for all intents and purposes, I think it’s been a better year for us,” Cook said.