Exploring the Southwest! Spring 2009 travel blog

Welcome to Springerville, population just under 2,000.

White Mountain Community Hospital where William had his practice. The hospital has...

Patty and William in front of the ER entrance. This door opened...

Doctor's charting desk. William spent many hours often late at night here,...

Steve and Debbie's home. William lived in the guest house off to...

The Greer Lodge in scenic Greer, AZ. (Elev. 9,000 ft.) William used...

William and Anchi behind the Lodge. Fly fishing ponds are kept stocked....

Ducks on the fly fishing pond.

A lone goose floats nearby. A family of racoons used to live...

William hiking on the wild life preserve next to Patty's ranch.

Greg and Patty as they hike with us to look at petroglyphs...

On our hike, we encountered this old hydro-electric power station, the first...

Gary Grube, Connie Grube and William. Connie has been doing William's taxes...

The Little Colorado River snakes through the valley where Patty and Greg...

William and Anchi brave a crossing over the Little Colorado River.

Our travelers clutch each other in relief after surviving the river crossing...


As many of you know, William had an internal medicine private practice in northern Arizona from 1994 through 1998 in a small cattle ranching town called Springerville. The practice was called “Health Horizons” and grew to have 8 providers and two locations. He pretty much lived there for the first three years and then returned to Tucson during the last two, commuting to manage the business. This commute was the reason he got his pilot’s license (5 hours to drive, 1 hour to fly). During his time in Springerville, he also ran the ER and worked many shifts there. There were only 4 doctors practicing in town and he was the only internist. It was quite an experience for a young doc fresh out of residency.

We visited old friends, most of whom William had not seen in over 12 years, but had kept in touch with. This included Patty Orona and her husband, Greg. Patty was William’s office manager. She is the one that many of you have heard William refer to as his gold standard for administrative assistants since. We stayed out at Greg and Patty’s ranch.

While in Springerville, we toured the hospital and clinic were William worked. We also drove by the home of his business partners Steve and Debbie Martin and had a nice visit with Debbie. Unfortunately, Steve was away on a fishing trip. We had dinner at the Greer Lodge (about 30 miles up in the mountains from Springerville) which for those three years that he was there, was a retreat for William to get away from work. In Springerville, it was hard to get away from being “on” when you are a doctor in such a small town. William went to the Greer Lodge for dinner and to enjoy the relaxing view of the valley every Thursday. Finally, we visited William’s friend and accountant, Connie Grube and her husband, Gary, who live in the nearby town of Show Low. By the way, Connie still does William’s taxes!

Anchi took many photos at this stop. To make it easier for viewing and to help you focus on what you are interested in, these are broken up into three diary entries. The first set are off sights around Springerville and are attached to this diary entry, “Reconnecting with Old Friends”. The second set is under “Petroglyphs” and comprise pictures of ancient rock art taken on two separate hikes on or around Patty’s ranch. The third set is labeled “Compositions” and are interesting artistic expressions by Anchi taken during this visit.



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