Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center


Linda Hunt daily video

Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health Arizona, has announced she will share daily video messages with Dignity Health Arizona employees regarding COVID-19 and other hospital policies. To view the video taped Monday, April 6, please click here.

Temperature Check

Starting Wednesday, April 8, physicians and staff entering any Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital will undergo a quick screening/temperature check to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The hospital also will continue to screen visitors and other non-employees for the virus. Please be aware that the following entrances will be open for staff access:

  • St. Joseph’s Admitting Lobby/Main Entrance (open 24/7)
  • Second floor of the 3rd Avenue Garage (open 24/7)
  • Mother of Mercy/Thomas Road/Teddy Bear Lobby (open 24/7)
  • Marley Lobby (open 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Healing Garden (open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)


All other entrances will be closed (this includes the employee entrance south of the Emergency Department). Employees are welcome to bring their own thermometer. Those who are ill or running a fever, are required to stay home.  

CDC Guidance for Cloth Masks

The Centers for Disease Control has released guidance about how to clean and care for cloth masks. Employees wearing cloth masks should still practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. Cloth masks do not replace the recommended PPE when caring for certain patients, including those with COVID-19.

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 9 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 8 (VHMC), 6 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 27

PPE Preservation Summary

Valleywise Health is putting in place a combination of approaches recommended by CDC and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies from becoming depleted during this pandemic. To see existing CDC guidelines click here

Behavioral Health

Final steps are underway to transfer patients from Unit 11 to Unit 1 on the Roosevelt campus. This will allow Valleywise use Unit 11 to continue to treat behavioral health patients who test positive for COVID-19 and provide access to the main hospital. More than 150 Behavioral Health patients have been tested for COVID-19, with only one positive. That patient is currently being treated at the Maryvale facility.

Telehealth Visits

Valleywise Health providers have completed 4,021 virtual visits, helping patients stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Homemade Masks

Thank you to the American Sewing Guild Phoenix chapter, Love and Care Arizona, Christ Child Layette, Piecemakers Quilting Group, National Charity League Phoenix chapter, Hot Community Foundation, Patricia Willis and the many others who have stepped up to sew fabric comfort masks for Valleywise staff. All donated masks should be dropped off in the donation bins located at the front of Valleywise Health Medical Center next to the valet parking attendant. All fabric masks will be sorted and disinfected with a UV light machine before distribution.

Leave Green Scrubs at Work

Staff are reminded they are required to remove green scrubs and leave them at the workplace before heading home.

In the News

Local media and the community continue to turn to the medical experts at Valleywise Health and District Medical Group for the latest information about COVID-19. This is an important public service.  Please take a moment to review some of the recent news articles featuring Valleywise colleagues below:

Valleywise Health

Elizabeth Ferguson, MD, Creighton University Alliance Designated Institutional Official, will host a virtual Resident Town Hall Meeting Wed., April 8, 2020 via Zoom. Participants will be able to get information about how COVID-19 issues could affect their training. Residents and Fellows are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. Sessions will be recorded and made available for those are not able to participate via Zoom. Check with the Creighton Alliance office regarding access.