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Banner Health leader provides COVID-19 media update

Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel featured in virtual press conference

PHOENIX (Sept. 22, 2021) – Today, Dr. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer at Banner Health, provided an update on how Banner is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics included: COVID-19 case trends, cautious optimism and the flu-season forecast.

VIDEO: Sept. 22 press conference

Opening remarks

GRAPHIC: Sept. 6 snapshot comparing Banner Arizona vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 patients

Transcript (part one)

Transcript (part two)

Please email for additional questions. As our medical experts are focused on patient care and the pandemic response, Dr. Bessel will not be available for additional interviews.

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As one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the team at Banner Health is committed to ensuring all Banner locations are a safe place for care. Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals and an array of other services, including: Banner Imaging, Banner Telehealth and Banner Urgent Care. Team members are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of patients, be it a routine checkup, elective surgery or an urgent health service. Waiting room and employee workstation layouts maintain proper social distancing; screenings are conducted at hospital entrances to verify that all employees and visitors are well; and, all Banner physicians are equipped to visit patients remotely. Learn more about Banner's commitment to safety at


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