Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 9 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 4 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 17
  • Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 1

Telehealth Visits on Rise

With nearly 8,000 telehealth visits at Valleywise Health in less than three weeks, virtual visits with a provider either through video or by phone is becoming a preferred method of health care for many Arizonans. Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Anthony Dunnigan explains how it works in this video interview with AZFamily.

Featured Story in HealthLeaders

While coronavirus hotspots such as New York City and Detroit are coping with patient surges, Valleywise Health is preparing for the challenge. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael White spoke to HealthLeaders about how our health system is responding – from treating patients to ensuring the safety and well-being of staff. Click here to read the story

Interim Position Preference Form

Due to COVID-19 situation, Valleywise Health may need to temporarily shift some workforce members to areas needing additional staffing and support. An internal form is available to employees to indicate the types of positions they are willing to perform if or when needed (copanet/default.aspx?menu=10677). Please note link only works from Valleywise computers.

New CHC South Entrance Hours

Based on the number of in-person appointments at Valleywise Comprehensive Health Center – Phoenix, the South Entrance will have reduced open hours of 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. until further notice. The North Entrance will continue to be open from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

Linda Hunt Daily Video Update

To view the April 14 video from Dignity Health Arizona Division President Linda Hunt, click here.

Emotional Well-Being Resources Available

Employees in need of emotional support during the pandemic can refer to several resources below. They are available to employees and their family:

  • Dignity Health’s Employee Assistance Program through SupportLinc, which offers everything from free virtual counseling sessions, to education videos, to a COVID-19 toolkit.
  • The Optum Emotional Support Help Line, which is available 24/7, at 1-866-342-6892.
  • Free premium access to the Sanvello Health, Inc. digital care delivery platform, a leading provider of digital and telemental health solutions.

Additional details and offerings are featured on St. Joseph’s SharePoint.

About Face

As the hospital gears up to reprocess N95 masks, those wearing N95s and other hospital-issued masks should not wear facial makeup, lipstick/lip gloss, mustache/beard products, lotions, balms, etc. as they can leave the mask ineligible for reprocessing. Another helpful hint: When removing an N95, be careful to not pull the elastic straps too hard because it can shorten the mask life.

Dependent Care FSA Contribution Changes

If an employee’s child-care center has closed because of COVID-19, he or she can reduce contributions to Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts. To reduce a contribution, fill out a Qualified Life Event on the My Total Rewards portal. Additional details, as well as answers to other COVID-19-related employee questions, can be found at CommonSpirit Health’s COVID-19 Human Resources FAQ page.