Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Making Good Use of Resources
 
To ensure long-term quantities of PPE for each hospital, Medline Renewal will reprocess masks and shields. Each Arizona hospital will receive Medline collection bins, where staff can deposit their masks and shields. Items will be shipped to Medline and sterilized through an ethylene oxide process, which meets ISO and FDA recognized standards. The items be returned to hospital facilities. The entire process, including shipping, takes seven days. More details will be shared as the program is implemented.
 
Refer Offers of Support to the Foundation
 
With hospitals receiving many offers of assistance and donations, please refer inquiries to St. Joseph’s Foundation at 602-406-1038 or www.supportstjosephs.org.
 
Valley Metro to Reduce Some Services
 
In response to COVID-19, Valley Metro is reducing its Express and RAPID service
schedule starting Monday, April 6. For details, click here. Employees affected by these changes should talk to his/her supervisor as soon as possible.
 
Reduced Hours Confirmation
 
Employees seeking written confirmation they are working reduced hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should call Employee Central at 1-855-475-4747 (option 4). Written confirmation can be shared with a mortgage lender or bank to delay or defer a loan payment. Please note it will take 48 to 72 hours to receive written confirmation.
 
Openings of New ED/Urgent Care Facilities Pushed Back
 
St. Joseph's has postponed the openings of two new freestanding emergency departments/urgent care centers in Glendale and Litchfield Park. This will allow the hospitals to continue to focus on patient care needs during this emergency situation. New opening dates will be rescheduled and shared when available.


Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases 
 
•          Confirmed positives in House: 6 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
•          Persons Under Investigation: 5 (VHMC)
•          Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 20
 
New Policies and Processes
 

•          Infection Control: Prevention of Novel/New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease        Transmission
•          SBAR: Shaving of facial hair in order to be N95 mask fit tested
 

Valley Well! Valle Salud!
 
Medical experts at Valleywise Health and District Medical Group continue to provide the community accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19. Tune in to Live 101.5, 94.5 KOOL FM or KMLE Country 107.9 this Sunday at 7 a.m. to hear Emergency Medicine physician Frank LoVecchio explain what doctors on the front lines want the public to know about this virus. To access interview early, click here.
 
Pop Up Market Offers "On-The-Go" Coolers
 
The Pop-Up Market at the VHMC cafeteria is now open. To help ease the stress of grocery shopping, essential supplies for sale include bread, eggs, milk and canned food items. Individual take-home meals also are available in the "On-The-Go" coolers. 
 
Dining Areas Going Cashless
 
All dining areas within Valleywise Health will go “cashless” starting Monday, April 6, until further notice. Diners can still use credit or debit cards along with their employee badge as normal.
 
Frontline Med Workers Offered Free Hotel Stays
 
Caliber is offering free hotel stays to frontline medical professionals at Valleywise Health and other local health care systems through May 31, 2020. Click here to see participating hotels and booking information.
 
Employee Testing Reminder
 
An area has been established for employee testing of COVID-19. Tents are set up on the east side of the Education Pavilion, located at 2619 E. Pierce Street. Employees displaying symptoms will need to call ahead to Employee Health and Wellness and make an appointment for specimen collection.
 
Code Lime Urges Watching Out for Colleagues
 
On behalf of the Valleywise Spirit team, CODE LIME has been launched to inspire collegial support to each other. CODE LIME should be activated when you see your colleague, co-worker, or friend in need of support. Next week flyers and cards will be made available to the leaders. More details to come.