Rural Colorado health in crisis with doctors becoming scarce

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Rural Colorado health in crisis with doctors becoming scarce

Some counties have no doctor at all
Pete Aragon, left, and his wife Alma, center, show Karen Tomky, a nurse practitioner who runs the Centennial Family Health Center, photos of their granddaughter after Alma’s medical examination on Nov. 15 in Ordway, Colo.
Doug Miller, a nurse practitioner who runs at the Rocky Ford Health Center, does a medical examination on Jeanne Smith on Nov. 16 in Rocky Ford, Colo.
Art Brubaker, left, a volunteer EMT for Crowley County Ambulance, and Justin Grafel, a volunteer driver for Crowley County Ambulance, take a resident who is having seizures to the ambulance on Nov. 14 in Ordway, Colo. Alfonso Rios, also a volunteer EMT, opens the door to the ambulance before heading to the hospital in La Junta.
Mary May, 90, and her husband, James Gourley, 99, join hands as they pray before a meal on Nov. 13, in Two Buttes, Colo. James and Mary May still live on their own in rural Colorado.

Rural Colorado health in crisis with doctors becoming scarce

Pete Aragon, left, and his wife Alma, center, show Karen Tomky, a nurse practitioner who runs the Centennial Family Health Center, photos of their granddaughter after Alma’s medical examination on Nov. 15 in Ordway, Colo.
Doug Miller, a nurse practitioner who runs at the Rocky Ford Health Center, does a medical examination on Jeanne Smith on Nov. 16 in Rocky Ford, Colo.
Art Brubaker, left, a volunteer EMT for Crowley County Ambulance, and Justin Grafel, a volunteer driver for Crowley County Ambulance, take a resident who is having seizures to the ambulance on Nov. 14 in Ordway, Colo. Alfonso Rios, also a volunteer EMT, opens the door to the ambulance before heading to the hospital in La Junta.
Mary May, 90, and her husband, James Gourley, 99, join hands as they pray before a meal on Nov. 13, in Two Buttes, Colo. James and Mary May still live on their own in rural Colorado.
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