How to make our Vail Valley Medical Center – "Great Again"

It’s actually a Brilliant yet Simple idea on – “to make our Vail Valley Medical Center – Great Again.”

Here’s how to do it.

The Central Problem with our Vail Valley Medical Center is the current (Group Think) Board and CEO Doris Kirchner who does their bidding (Click Here to read who this Board is).

Ms. Kirchner’s persistent, public insistence that “we’re your Community Hospital” – is simply not true.

Here’s how to fix that and make that statement true – pay attention, Mr. Art Kelton and Mr. Michael Shannon!

The Vail Valley Medical Center’s Board needs to be made up (exclusively) of representatives from our largest Community Stakeholders.

A seat on the new Hospital Board goes to…

  • Eagle County’s Public School District, Representative – representing the Employees (800+) and Family members needing routine Medical Services.
  • Eagle County Government – representing the County Employees and Family members needing routine Medical Services.
  • A Representative from Vail Resorts – based on the number of Full and Part time Employees that live and work in Eagle County.
  • One possibly (2?) seats that Rotates with Representatives from the Town(s) of Gypsum, Eagle, Avon, Minturn, Red Cliff.
  • A permanent (1) Seat to the Town of Vail where the Hospital is located.
  • At least 3-4 Seats from Eagle County’s Small Business Sector (owners) – who pay for their own Health Insurance costs – as well as a big chunk of the costs of covering their Employees Insurance Costs.

Go Ahead, and refine/adjust this idea – it’s exactly what Eagle County needs today.

One more thing – CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!

This outstanding Brilliant yet Practical idea was first proposed to the ECT by none other than long time Eagle County resident – smilin’ Mike Beltracci  – so make sure to wish Mike a Merry Christmas when you see him and ask Mike to keep those good ideas coming.  Merry Christmas 2015 Mike!  From your friends at the ECT!

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2 responses

  1. The major stakeholders/employment sectors in Eagle County need to be represented on the Board of the Vail Valley Medical Center. At some point in time, everyone in the community will be in need of medical services, and it would be beneficial for everyone if the the stakeholders have a voice in this important community service that is being provided by the largest non profit organization in the Vail Valley.

    * Hotels & Property Management – collectively, this is the largest employer group in the valley – Sonnenalp, Four Seasons, Sebastian, Marriott, Westin, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Wyndham, Destination Resorts, East West Resorts and many smaller companies.
    * Vail Resorts
    * Education – Eagle County School District and Colorado Mtn College
    * Construction and Trades
    * Real Estate – sales and services
    * Retail
    * Small & independent businesses
    * Retirees

    If the VVMC wants to operate independently and not as a non profit, nor come up with solutions to provide affordable healthcare to the members of the community, then the current administration and board can go out and raise enough money to buy the operation from the community at fair market value and we’ll take that money to start another facility or partner with an organization that can provide competitively priced medical services to the people who live in the Vail Valley.

  2. The major stakeholders/employment sectors in Eagle County need to be represented on the Board of the Vail Valley Medical Center. At some point in time, everyone in the community will be in need of medical services, and it would be beneficial for everyone if the the stakeholders have a voice in this important community service that is being provided by the largest non profit organization in the Vail Valley.

    * Hotels & Property Management – collectively, this is the largest employer group in the valley – Sonnenalp, Four Seasons, Sebastian, Marriott, Westin, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Wyndham, Destination Resorts, East West Resorts and many smaller companies.
    * Vail Resorts
    * Education – Eagle County School District and Colorado Mtn College
    * Construction and Trades
    * Real Estate – sales and services
    * Retail
    * Small & independent businesses
    * Retirees

    If the VVMC wants to operate independently and not as a non profit, nor come up with solutions to provide affordable healthcare to the members of the community, then the current administration and board can go out and raise enough money to buy the operation from the community at fair market value and we’ll take that money to start another facility or partner with an organization that can provide competitively priced medical services to the people who live in the Vail Valley.

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