“Some of the breaks on the mountain were pretty severe, and it was a long two or more-hour drive to Denver. So when Dr. Jack Eck started gathering money to build a hospital, I started donating.”
The first time Dr. Fred Distelhorst visited Colorado was as a high schooler with a group of friends who drove across the country from their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin; they were determined to see the world’s longest chairlift in Aspen. While visiting, Dr. Distelhorst also learned how to ski. Many years later, at age 95, you might still see him making his way down the slopes.
After serving in the military as a dentist in Korea and later an orthodontist in Germany, Dr. Distelhorst permanently returned to Colorado — this time with his wife, Ines, whom he met while in Germany. He set out to start an orthodontic practice at his home in East Vail.
From a Small Clinic To a World Renowned Hospital
“In the early days, there was only a little clinic with an X-ray machine,” says Dr. Distelhorst. “Some of the breaks on the mountain were pretty severe, and it was a long two or more-hour drive to Denver. So when Dr. Jack Eck started gathering money to build a hospital, I started donating.”
Dr. Distelhorst became friends with Dr. Eck, one of Vail’s first doctors and integral to fundraising for the community’s first full-service hospital. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Distelhorst has watched the incredible growth of the Vail Health system.
A Legacy of Giving
Dr. Distelhorst has been a generous supporter of Vail Health for many years. He shares that from when he was a child, his father taught him that regardless of how much money you make, always save 10 percent of your earnings so you can give back to charity.
This habit has allowed him to engage in philanthropy in meaningful ways. Now retired, his legacy will continue far into the future by including Vail Health in his will.
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“It’s amazing what we have here — a beautiful hospital with so many highly-trained specialists. People come from all over the world to be treated here.”Dr. Fred Distelhorst