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Navigating Routine Medical Care, Elective Procedures During the Pandemic

Vermont's shortage of primary care doctors will soon get worse because a number of them will retire in the next few years.
Hospitals are figuring out the safest ways to resume elective procedures and routine health care.

While people seem to be avoiding doctor's offices and urgent care facilities due to COVID-19, getting regular check ups, vaccines and medical care are still recommended by doctors and state health officials. This hour, we talk with doctors and specialists about keeping up routine health care and the return of elective procedures. 

Our guests are:

  • Dr. Rebecca Bell, pediatric critical care physician at the UVM Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Dr. Stephen Leffler, president and chief operating officer for UVM Medical Center
  • Jodi Stack, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
  • Dr. Ben Rosenberg, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Porter Orthopedics

Broadcast live on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1 p.m. Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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