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Rick Schneider: Thankful for Steamboat’s outstanding medical community

The city of Steamboat Springs is such a special place. That’s not news to anyone.  My wife and I love the people who comprise this beautiful community. Some of these great people work at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, Steamboat Medical Group and Air Classic Medical.

On March 1, I went to the Steamboat Medical Group open clinic because I suspected I had experienced a major cardiac event. Dr. Thielen was so caring and thorough. After a blood test, she personally contacted me at home where I awaited the results. She indicated I needed to proceed to the emergency room at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

When I entered the emergency room and ultimately the ICU, I did not know I was about to experience the greatest attention to detail, care and thorough communication to which I have ever been exposed as a patient in a hospital setting.  I wish I had a list of the names of all the emergency room and ICU people who assisted and cared for me during my stay.  These people are stars. They have a passion for what they do.

Dr. Jurva, my local cardiologist, worked so closely with the hospital staff and was very watchful and informative regarding my condition. He informed me I required additional medical services and needed to fly to the Heart Institute of the Rockies in Loveland.

Steamboat received about 24 inches of snow that weekend so we weren’t flying anywhere. I was not concerned, I was in “good hands” at Yampa Valley Medical Center and Dr. Jurva.

Two days later, I was flown to Loveland by Air Classic Medical. The great care continued with the medical and flight crew on the aircraft and the Heart Institute of the Rockies.

By now, I know you understand my message. We are so fortunate to have an outstanding medical community in Steamboat Springs. My wife and I will continue to return for the summers and winters, as we have done for over 10 years, to ride and cross-country ski the “trails and dirt roads” and visit with our many great friends in the Yampa Valley.


Rick Schneider

Steamboat Springs and Houston, Texas

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