Physicians Take To Airwaves To Inform

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Senior citizens and other residents now have a different and easier way to ask doctors questions about any health concerns they may be facing.

Through the Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson physicians are appearing monthly on a radio program called "Doc Talk."

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Dr. Matthew Harris and his office manager, Paula Bishop, answer questions Wednesday during KMOG's monthly Doc Talk program.

Physicians on KMOG AM will discuss medical-related topics in order to help people live healthier lifestyles.

Doc Talk is on the third Wednesday every month, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cory Houghton, director of marketing for the Payson Regional Medical Center, said the first Doc Talk last month focused on sleep disorders with Drs. Simranghi Galhotra and Peter Zonakis.

Houghton said the response was tremendous with more than 5,000 people tuning in.

She said the radio show will be attracting many seniors, noting 35 percent of the area's population is in this age group.

"We have tried for years to get physicians to the radio to let the community know that we care." she said.

The majority of those listening and calling in with questions are senior citizens.

She said this idea started when KMOG employees called the hospital to ask how they would feel about doing something like this endeavor.

This past week, Dr. Matthew Harris, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, was the physician featured on the KMOG show.

He spoke to seniors about the importance of exercise regardless of their age.

Houghton said the hospital provides the health specialists and the radio station is providing the forum where seniors and others will be able to ask questions.

Houghton said the radio program is just one part of Doc Talk.

She said doctors are given the opportunity to do follow-ups with the people they talk to on the show.

The marketing director said the meetings will be informal and could be done in settings such as Lunch and Learn or Dessert with the Doctor.

"We know people want information and want to ask questions," Houghton said.

Part of the idea, she said, is to let the community know who the new physicians are and what their specialties are.

She said she really believes this new radio program will take off and pay dividends.

"It gives physicians the opportunity to go out and talk to 5,000 people (at once)," she said, adding there is no place in the Rim Country that could seat that many people.

"How nice is it to turn your radio on and listen in while you are working," she said. "I am excited about it. And I have a lot of hopes of this working out for everyone involved."

She said it is important for people to realize that if there is a health decision or risk, people still need to see their physician.

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