Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

Linda Hunt Daily Video Update

To view the video that Dignity Health Arizona Division President Linda Hunt taped Monday, April 13, covering PPE updates and resources for employeesplease click here.

FDA Approves N95 Reprocessing

The FDA has given emergency use authorization for reprocessing N95 masks using the Steris V-PRO max units in the hospital’s Sterile Processing Department. Plans are being made to operationalize the process. This will be an enormous help in conserving PPE for a possible patient surge. More details to come later this week.

Valley Metro Service Changes

Valley Metro continues to change its services in response to COVID-19. Several of these changes will take place over the coming days. Employees who use public transportation should regularly check the Valley Metro website for possible changes to service. If an employee’s ability to get to work is impacted, he or she should talk to their supervisor as soon as possible.

Fidelity Representatives Available by Phone

Because of the pandemic, Fidelity representatives are no longer visiting campus. They are, however, taking one-on-one appointments by phone. Employees who want to discuss financial planning or look at how their 403(b) plan is performing can make appointments for Monday, April 20, Friday, April 24, and Thursday, April 30. To schedule, visit

In the News

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Dignity Health Arizona are garnering media attention for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19. Below are some of the stories making headlines:

  • The hospital and division’s efforts to make reusable fabric isolation gowns. Visit azfamilyKTAR, and ABC 15.
  • KJZZ radio story on Dignity Health’s on-site grocery store for employees.  
  • The N95 masks being created by the Barrow Innovation Center. Visit FOX 10 News and KTAR.

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 9 (VHMC)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 4 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 11
  • Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 4

Spanish Language Outreach

Valleywise Health is committed to sharing important updates about COVID-19 with the Spanish-language community. Team members have spoken to a number of news outlets, including Radio Campesina, Telemundo Arizona, Univision Radio and Prensa Arizona. See below to read some of our latest advertorials in Spanish.

Como puede cuidar de su salud mental durante la pandemic del COVID-19

Alergia, influenza o COVID-19

Talking to Your Kids about COVID-19

How does COVID-19 affect our kids emotionally and how do we talk to them about it? Child psychiatrist Dr. Wendy Watson spoke about this topic Sunday on Valley Well! Valle Salud! Read her blog and listen to the podcast.

HRSA Funding

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Valleywise Health an additional $1,375,315 for supplemental funding and COVID-19 relief efforts. The Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will allow the organization to continue providing care to many of Arizona’s most vulnerable patients.

El Mirage and Glendale Clinics to Remain Open

Valleywise Health is now in the process of reaching out to patients and the community to inform them about the delay in closing Valleywise Community Health Centers in El Mirage and Glendale. These two locations will remain open until the new Valleywise Comprehensive Health Center – Peoria opens, which will likely be in early 2021.

In the News

Dr. Kara Geren spoke to AZ Family Monday morning about the personal sacrifices health care workers are making to provide exceptional care to patients. Dr. Geren is an attending in the Emergency Department, but she also is an exceptionally caring mother and daughter. Click here to watch the interview.

History of Quarantine and Hand Washing

Proper social distancing and washing your hands have always been essential for avoiding illness. This article by Dr. John Porter explains the history behind these recommendations and the links to disease.

Snack “Crash” Cart

Need a sweet treat? Buckets of candy are being delivered to all Valleywise Community Health Centers throughout this week. Leadership will be rounding with a snack cart at Valleywise Health Medical Center for day and night shifts as well as at Valleywise Comprehensive Health Center – Phoenix. Leaders also will be available to answer any questions from employees and offer thanks for their continued hard work to keep our community healthy and safe. A portion of the snacks were generously donated by Scottsdale Bible Church.