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Vail Valley Medical Center
Our hospital is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality health care for 50,000 residents in 6 counties. Since its founding in 1962, this hospital has grown with local energy and determination. The original facility provided accommodations for 4 patients, and a few ancillary services. In 1978 a long awaited dream was realized with the construction of a new section of the hospital.
Today, the hospital provides comprehensive medical care with over 190 physicians, 58 acute beds, and professional and support staff of over 700. Sponsored by patient revenue and philanthropy, this hospital is one of the most important assets of this community. It continues, as it was established, with a tradition of excellence and a rich heritage of care and concern.
Why Vail Health
While Vail is recognized world-wide for its year-round recreational activities, Vail Health has over 900 employees and is known for being one of the region's largest employers and a cornerstone of our community.
Shaw Cancer Center is the region's only fully accredited cancer treatment center and comprehensive breast center
At the base of North America's number one ski mountain, Vail Health has been providing care to the local and surrounding communities since 1965.
Internationally known orthopaedic and sports therapy practices
Emergency and trauma services in three convenient locations throughout the Valley
Highly accredited regional cancer care
A birthing center that performs an average of 600 deliveries/year
Elite surgical services
Vail Health Benefits
Be a part of a nonprofit that serves our friends, families and visitors.
Comprehensive health insurance (medical, dental and vision).
Five weeks or more of Paid Time Off (PTO) in year one.
5% retirement match.
Childcare reimbursement ($500 for one child, $1,000 for two or more children).
Tuition reimbursement for continuing education.
Entry-level positions start at $15 per hour and increase with experience.
End-of-season bonuses for seasonal positions.
Vail Health was named in Becker's "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare
Vail Health has formally adopted “Just Culture” principles for achieving a culture in which frontline personnel feel comfortable disclosing errors - including their own - while maintaining professional accountability.
Traditionally, health care’s culture has held individuals accountable for all errors or mishaps that befall patients under their care. By contrast, a Just Culture recognizes that individual practitioners should not be held accountable for system failings over which they have no control. A Just Culture also recognizes many individual errors represent predictable interactions between human operators and the systems in which they work. However, in contrast to a culture that touts “no blame” as its governing principle, a Just Culture does not tolerate conscious disregard of clear risks to patients or gross misconduct (e.g. falsifying a record, performing professional duties while intoxicated).
A Just Culture recognizes that competent professionals make mistakes and acknowledges that even competent professionals will develop unhealthy norms (shortcuts, “routine rule violations”), but has zero tolerance for reckless behavior.
Vail Health informally practiced Just Culture for a number of years and has taken the extra step of implementing a formal approach for investigation and follow-up of situations that could have caused harm (regardless of the actual outcome).
At Vail Health:
Adverse events/near misses are reported without fear
Reported events are investigated following Just Culture principles and methodology
Systems issues are identified and corrected
Staff are held accountable, based on their behavioral choices and their ability to do the right thing (not outcome biased)
Through the adoption of this approach, Vail Health is a safer place for patients and employees alike.