Hear an Orthopedic Surgeons’ perspective on the complexities of COVID and banding together to transform healthcare

In this episode, Dr. William Payne, Orthopedic Surgeon, Program Director, MPH in Epidemiology, and Leader in the COVID Response Team, at Franciscan Health, discusses the current complexities surrounding COVID and carrying forward with the lessons learned.  Dr. Payne reminds us all of the power of alignment and how if we all have a singular focus – anything is possible.


  • 1:10 – Public updates and recent changes
  • 2:18 – Mask mandate and phases discussion
  • 5:11 – Droplet vs airborne (aerosol) transmission
  • 7:53 – Testing: viral load and timing
  • 9:41 – Protocols for resuming care
  • 12:54 – Impact and evolution of telehealth
  • 14:08 – Creation and value of consensus committees
  • 17:40 – Managing medical students during COVID
  • 21:32 – Deepening physician engagement
  • 24:10 – Key focus: alignment and progress
  • 27:30 – The value of HealthTrust

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Dr. William Payne
Dr. William Payne, Orthopedic Surgeon, Franciscan Health

Dr. William Payne is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a focus on spine surgery. He earned his medical degree from UCLA and his master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science House Staff Association. He is also the current program director of Franciscan Health Orthopedics.




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