Hospital historical exhibit runs through May


The Ute Pass Historical Society, in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Regional Medical Center Foundation, presents “Alverta Burns: Angel of the Hills,” an exhibit featuring vintage photographs, medical artifacts and clothing from the lifetime of one of our area's most respected residents of the last century.

Even as late as the 1950s, many remote areas in Colorado did not have resident or even visiting physicians, including Teller County. Fortunately, Teller County had Alverta Burns, a kind ranch wife and registered nurse with a tireless compassion for healing. Alverta's selfless service was a blessing to area families, friends and neighbors. Her remarkable commitment to the ill and infirm was the subject of a 1956 Saturday Evening Post magazine article.

Alverta's story and many of the everyday objects from her nursing profession are featured in the display, including her medicine bag and nurse's uniform (courtesy of the Burns family of Woodland Park). The exhibit runs through May in the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital lobby. For more information, contact Karla Schweitzer at 719-686-7512 or via email at


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