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Banner Health leader gives update on COVID-19 hospitalizations

Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel provides information about increases in hospitalization

PHOENIX (Aug. 10, 2021) – Today, Dr. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer at Banner Health, addressed COVID-19 topics during a virtual press conference. Topics included: rise in hospitalizations, pediatric admissions and the critical importance of vaccinations and masking.

VIDEO: Aug. 10, 2021 press conference

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.

Dr. Bessel's opening remarks
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