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Volunteer-Run Free Clinic Stays Open to Serve Patients During COVID-19

Cascade Business News

William Claridge, MD, brings decades of valuable clinical experience to his work caring for patients at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Bend. Like most of the clinic’s 200 volunteers, Dr. Claridge is over 60 and at higher risk of COVID-19 complications. The clinic, part of a nationwide network of 92 Volunteers in Medicine clinics, installed Epic in January in partnership with St. Charles Health System. The software became a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing volunteers like Dr. Claridge to care for patients remotely.

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