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Health care leaders in NM to address COVID-19 readiness

Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct Dr. David Scrase’s title.

New Mexico has taken bold steps in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools are closed. Many business have been shut down as nonessential. Court hearings are being done by video. Nonessential surgical procedures have been banned to conserve medical supplies and equipment. Dental offices, eye doctors and others will see only those patients with an emergency. Hospitals have been gearing up for an anticipated surge in patients.

People want accurate information from authoritative sources.

Journal Senior Editor Kent Walz

In an effort to provide that information about the health care system at this time, some of the top leaders of New Mexico’s medical establishment have agreed to a 90-minute, livestream panel interview on Wednesday. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.

Panelists will include Dr. David Scrase, secretary of the state Human Services Department; Dale Maxwell, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services; Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor for Health Sciences and CEO of the UNM Health System; and Ron Stern, president and CEO of Lovelace Health System.

Journal Senior Editor Kent Walz will moderate.

The session will stream live on

The Journal is inviting readers to submit questions that could be asked of our panel. Please limit them to general policy issues and do not include any specific cases or individuals. If you would like to submit a question for consideration, please send it to

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