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Yuma Regional Medical Center CEO Asks Arizona Leaders To Reconsider Ban on Elective Procedures Here

Yuma Regional Medical Center
Yuma Regional Medical Center

On March 19, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey banned all elective medical procedures at Arizona hospitals.  Weeks later, the financial losses for some regional hospitals are stacking up.  In Yuma County, there are 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The relatively small number has the local hospital CEO asking state leaders for some leeway on the ban. KAWC’s Lou Gum reports.




Yuma Regional Medical Center CEO Dr.  Robert Trenschel says the cost of added supplies like personal protection equipment, coupled with the governor's ban on elective procedures, is a strain on hospital finances.  He says the ban alone costs the hospital $400,000 a day.  He adds the low number of COVID-19 cases in the county should allow for some flexibility...


"We could easily add elective procedures into our daily routine right now," Trenschel told KAWC. "And you know we’re not looking for holdout from the state, we’re not looking for free money, we just really want to be able to get back to work and make the decision for the hospital that we do every day in terms of providing safe care for our patients."


Trenschel said the 400-bed hospital is less than half full and ready with equipment and staff to handle an increase in COVID-19 patients if necessary.  



You can hear more from Dr. Trencshel on a special Arizona Edition, Monday morning at 9 a.m. on KAWC 88.9 FM, and on the KAWC app.


Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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