Media Advisory: Washington health care providers unite to address misconceptions, encourage appropriate use of health care

May 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, many Washingtonians are delaying care, even when their injuries or symptoms are emergencies. National and local surveys show people are delaying care for two reasons: they are concerned about exposure to COVID-19 at a health care facility or they believe care is only available for COVID-19 patients.

Washington state’s 112 hospitals and health systems are launching a public education campaign to address these concerns and encourage people to get care when they need it.

Please join us on Thursday, May 14 at 12 noon for a virtual press conference to get the word out to the public about:

  • Options for accessing regular health care safely during the pandemic
  • Steps health care providers are taking to keep people safe when they need in-person care
  • Not delaying care for serious injuries and health care emergencies, like strokes and heart attacks

Physician Panelists

  • Dr. Stuart Freed, Chief Medical Officer, Confluence Health
  • Dr. Francis Riedo, Epidemiologist, EvergreenHealth
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wako, Chief Medical Officer, Swedish First Hill
  • Dr. Sam Hsieh, Chief Medical Officer, Coulee Medical Center
  • Dr. Ruth McDonald, Chief Medical Officer, Seattle Children’s

Panelists will make a brief presentation and then be available for questions.

Register to attend the Virtual Press Conference

The press conference will begin at noon on Thursday, May 14. Please plan to join by 11:55 AM. We will test the system to ensure we can answer your questions without technical issues.

Q&A instructions:  

If you would like to ask a question over audio, you must log in to the teleconference via GoToMeeting and enter an audio pin. We will call on you and unmute you from our end. We will also take questions via chat. 


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

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