St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Linda Hunt Daily Video Update
N95 Reprocessing is Underway
The FDA recently gave emergency use authorization to St. Joseph’s to use its Steris VPRO max units to reprocess N95 masks. The process uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide and can be used for cone and duck-billed N95 masks. St. Joseph’s Sterile Processing Department has developed a system that will return each reprocessed mask to its original “owner” each time it is reprocessed, up to 10 uses. Employees who wear an N95 and have questions should talk to their leader or PPE super user.
HR Version 13 Now Available
To stay on top of inquiries from employees during the pandemic, Human Resources has updated answers to employees’ frequently asked questions. To view version #13, which was updated on April 13, click here to go to log-in page.
Staying Safe During COVID-19
Employees are urged to be aware that cyber criminals are taking advantage of the pandemic to steal personal information and conduct cyberattacks. Employees should follow these precautions:
- Use caution when opening items on your personal and professional devices. Sophisticated malware is being used to conduct COVID-19-themed phishing.
- Watch for forged and fraudulent letters from individuals attempting to exploit the pandemic.
- Some criminals are even delivering packages containing gifts that appear to come from a reputable company.
Current COVID-19 Cases
- Confirmed Positives in House: 10 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
- Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 4 (VHMC), 2 (Behavioral Health)
- Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 22
- Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 0
10,000 Medical Masks Donated
The Chinese Americans COVID-19 Relief AZ delivered 10,000 medical masks to Valleywise Health Medical Center on Thursday, April 16. This is the group’s latest delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local hospitals.
The Chinese Americans relief group started raising funds on March 18 in the Chinese-American community in Arizona. Many community members and Chinese restaurants have joined forces to support the efforts. In less than three weeks, it has raised more than $75,000 with matching funds from local corporations.
We'll Rise Up
Enjoy this video that displays Valleywise employees’ toughness, positivity, grit and compassion throughout this difficult situation. The video shows employees making a difference by sticking together. #ValleywiseStrong
Churches Partnering with AZ Hospitals
Churches and hospitals across Arizona are partnering to serve healthcare professionals and their families during this challenging time. This story by AZFamily describes Scottsdale Bible Church’s partnership with Valleywise Health and an interview with Valleywise Chief Medical Officer Michael White.