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Providence Puts Up Surge Tent; MCMC Offers Online Visits

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital has put up its surge tent outside of the emergency room in preparation for whatever they might encounter in coming weeks.  The tent is about 34 feet by 18 feet in size.  Providence spokesperson Susan Frost says they are looking at all of their assets to determine how they can be deployed if they experience a surge of patients.  Mid-Columbia Medical Center announced Tuesday it has partnered with national health technology company Amwell to offer online doctor’s visits to patients so certain medical conditions can be addressed without the patient leaving home.  Amwell’s secure technology makes it possible to see an MCMC provider on a smartphone, desktop or telephone, and providers can look, listen and engage with patients to diagnose health concerns and provide an effective treatment plan.  Telemedicine visits are available by appointment only through an MCMC provider.