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Banner Health leader provides update on COVID-19 cases, vaccines

Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel gives media update

PHOENIX  (Sept. 1, 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: how this is becoming the “pandemic of the unvaccinated;’’ protective benefits of vaccination and outpatient care for those infected with COVID.


VIDEO: Sept. 1, 2021 press conference

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Dr. Bessel's opening remarks


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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