Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

Creighton University

A Video Message from President Hendrickson

Please watch this video message from President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson.

Virtual Reference Services and Interlibrary Loan

Even though the libraries are physically closed, reference services continue “virtually” at their regular days and hours. Reference librarians at the Health Sciences Library are available via e-mail, telephone, and chat. For extensive reference assistance, including literature searching assistance, individual or group reference consultations are available via Zoom.

In addition, please remember that the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is still available. Please keep in mind, however, that ILL is not available on weekends. Also, physical items from lending libraries will not be able to be sent to requestors.

Contacts and hours:

Health Sciences Library - Reference

phone:  402.280.5138
Reference Librarians are available (times are Central Standard Time):

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday:  7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday:  1:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Health Sciences Library – Interlibrary Loan

phone:  402.280.5144
Interlibrary Loan service is available:

  • Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Chaplain Services Offering Support to Employees

St. Joseph’s chaplains are available to provide resilience and spiritual support to hospital employees 24/7. The Spiritual Care Hotline, which is checked every two hours, is 602.406.9990. Chaplain Services also is setting up listening stations throughout the hospital.

Employees Can Help Others

Employees Can Help Others (ECHO) is an employee-funded program that allows staff members to provide financial assistance to colleagues in need. Employees can make payroll deductions to the ECHO fund (no amount is too small). Funds can be used to pay for rent/mortgage, household utilities, etc. Employees must meet/complete certain requirements to receive funds, which are sent directly to the business/organization owed money. A donation form to ECHO was sent with today’s internal SJHMC newsletter. Applications to receive funds can be found at St. Joseph’s Information Desk. Return completed forms there in the application box no later than noon on Tuesdays. For more information, contact Alysha Berger at 602.406.3690.

CARES Act Stimulus Checks

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) directs $2 trillion to help combat the effects of COVID-19 across the country. As part of that package a one-time cash payment of up to $1,200 to Americans who qualify. A question-and-answer document about CARES was sent with today’s newsletter and provides details.

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Current COVID-19 Cases at Valleywise Health
  • Confirmed Positives in House: 10 (VHMC), 2 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 3(VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 16
  • Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 0

Valley Well! Valle Salud!

On the next episode of Valley Well! Valle Salud! Valleywise OB/GYN Dr. Patricia Habak discusses what pregnant women need to know and expect during this era of the coronavirus. The interview airs this Sunday at 7 a.m. on Live 101.5, 94.5 KOOL FM and KMLE Country 107.9. You can listen to a preview here.

COVID-19 Antibody Tests

U.S. leaders are calling for widespread antibody tests, which may be able to determine whether someone who had COVID-19 is now immune. Valleywise Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael White discussed with AZFamily the accuracy of these tests. Watch video here.

Immigrant Medical Professionals Help Fight the Virus

NPR interviewed Valleywise Health nurse Karen Garcia about what it means to be working on the front lines as a DREAMer. "When patients are alone, it's a relief for them to see a Spanish-speaking nurse. It's been pretty emotional for me and my patients." Read the full story here

Elevator Protocol

Valleywise issues a friendly reminder to employees to practice social distancing when using elevators at any Valleywise Health location. Staff members should not overcrowd elevators and should wear their masks at all times.