Current COVID-19 Cases
- Confirmed Positives in House: 9 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
- Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 2 (VHMC), 2 (Behavioral Health)
- Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 18
- Patients discharged: 2
Behavioral Health Space
Valleywise Health Medical Center patients have been moved from Unit 11 to Unit 1, which will free up space on the 3rd floor to prepare a COVID-19 recovery unit for behavioral health patients.
Free Laundry Service
Tide Cleaners is providing free laundry and dry-cleaning services to the immediate family of frontline responders. This includes paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff, medical researchers, police officers and firefighters. Guests can drop off and pick up their clothes at any participating Tide Cleaners store location. Visit Hope.TideCleaners.com for more information.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Valleywise Health over $1 million for COVID-19 relief efforts. The Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will allow Valleywise Health to continue providing care to Arizona's most vulnerable patients.
An editorial in the Phoenix Business Journal advocates for the community's support of Valleywise Health as Arizona's public teaching health system. Contributing writers include Nita and Phil Francis, Karie and Rich Dozer, Kathleen and John Graham, and Mary Kay and Bill Post from Valleywise Health Foundation.
Free Virtual Yoga
YogaSix Gainey Village is hosting free yoga classes via Zoom for health care workers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the medical facility where you work to receive the link and details on upcoming classes.
UV Mask Bags
If you’ve disinfected your mask with our UV light sanitizer, you may have noticed the bag in which it was returned had a special message just for you. Thank you to the employees diligently cleaning the masks and for bringing a smile to the faces of our staff with these nice notes of encouragement.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Daily Video Updates from the Dignity Health Arizona Incident Command Center
Dignity Health Arizona Division President and CEO Linda Hunt is giving daily video
Costco Accommodating Hospital and Health Care Workers
Costco is offering first responders priority to enter its stores during any open hours, including senior
hours. The offer extends to health care workers. Details can be found on Costco.com and the Costco Facebook page. Also, Bashas’ family stores are open 30 minutes before scheduled opening time to health care workers every Tuesday and Thursday.
Screenings Start Today
Dignity Health Arizona has begun temperature screening for everyone entering its hospitals. Only the following entrances will be open for staff at 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.).
Please maintain social distancing and bring your own thermometer, if you like. If your temperature is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you will receive a wristband for the day to enter the hospital. If your temperature is 100 degrees or above, you will not be permitted to work for the day and will be asked to contact your leader. You will be given information about the COVID-19 staff testing stations.
More Parking Now Available
To make the new temperature screening process as easy as possible for employees,
all employees are welcome to park in the 3rd Avenue or 6th Avenue Garages through the end of April. Employees are also welcome to park in the Park Central lot that is directly across the street from the Emergency Department.
A Physician Support Line staffed by volunteer psychiatrists is now available to physicians seeking free peer support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The support is available by calling 1-888-409-0141, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. For more information, visit www.physiciansupportline.com
If you are a psychiatrist and want to volunteer, please email email@example.com.