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Arizona Edition: Telemedicine's Impact on YRMC Amid COVID Pandemic

Yuma Regional Medical Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic for medical visits now that many fear to step into a doctor's office or hospital. It poses the potential risk of contracting or spreading the virus that is now present in all 50 states.

Telemedicine, an alternative for patient-visits is becoming more common than before, even though it has been around for many years.



"The pandemic has really brought it to the forefront because of an absolute need." - Doc. Mark Stephan

On this week's Arizona Edition KAWC's Lou Gum Speaks with Doctor Mark Stephen, the Chief Medical Officer at Equality Health.  

Equality Health helps physicians add telemedicine to their practices. 

KAWC also speaks to Karen Stratton, Yuma Regional Medical Center's Director of obligatory operations for surgical specialties.  


"However the pandemic kinda catapulted things into overdrive." -Karen Stratton, Director of obligatory operations for surgical specialties.

Prior to the pandemic, YRMC was already working to get telemedicine operations underway, Stratton said. 


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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