I bumped into Matt Carpenter on Manitou Avenue early Sunday afternoon. He was sitting outside his ice cream shop, waiting for a customer. I had just completed the epic Pikes Peak Marathon race that he owned for the better part of two decades.
With all the news about drought and fires as of late, one might think that the sky is falling. I suppose in some places in the West it is, thanks to the ash from yet another wildfire blazing across thousands of acres of forest.
As an independent nurse anesthesiologist (CRNA) who proudly serves three rural hospitals with anesthesia and chronic pain services, I recognize that surgical services are the lifeblood of any rural facility.