Eric Murray: Meet an advocate for rural health care |

Eric Murray: Meet an advocate for rural health care

Bill Matlock appreciates local emergency care and family practice access.

He took a picture out of his wallet.

“This is my son (now 8) who I almost lost about a year and a half ago if not for the ER in Kremmling.”

Bill’s son wasn’t breathing normally and he was beginning to turn pale. Bill quickly made the decision drive him to the ER in Kremmling, only ten minutes away.

“This was a ‘now situation’ where we had to have an ER immediately,” he said.

When they arrived at the ER, the doctor looked at his son, immediately recognized what was wrong and took decisive action, quickly injecting him with medication. His son started to feel better moments later.

“In my mind I believe my son was probably two minutes from a near death experience,” Matlock said. “That is why I think it is so important to have a hospital here with the doctors and nurses available all the time with the latest technology like cat scans and MRIs ” places where you can be within 10 minutes of helping your family members.”

He also believes that the clinic is valuable as well.

“The doctors at the clinic are awesome.” He said that in comparison, some doctors are business like and don’t really want to know who you are. “Rural doctors at this clinic give you the time. You feel good about how you are treated.”

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