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The latest on COVID-19 in Arizona.

Yuma Regional Medical Center Prepared and Ready To Get Back to Work, CEO Says


Arizona Edition

Show Number 60

Hand-washing, social distancing, small gatherings, staying home, facemasks.

All of this we do (by varying degrees) to protect the vulnerable in our community, ourselves and our loved ones from the COVID-19 virus. 

Here in Yuma we also do it to spare the area's only hospital, Yuma Regional Medical Center, from an influx of COVID-19 patients that would stretch the hospital's resources thin, put medical workers at risk and threaten the foundation of medical care in the community.

But with 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yuma County (as of April 13) and only one or two added per day in recent weeks – some days seeing no new cases added at all – is the curve flat enough to get the hospital back in business, including resuming elective procedures which were banned by Governor Doug Deucy March 19? It's a ban that is losing the hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue per day.

We sat down with Yuma Regional Medical Center President and CEO, Dr. Robert Trenschel, to hear more about how the hospital prepared for COVID-19 and why he is asking state officials for flexibility to allow YRMC to offer elective procedures again.

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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