March 16th, 2020

Creighton Alliance partners are taking important steps to help contain the Coronavirus and minimize risk to patients, hospital staff and the general public.
 
Both Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Valleywise Health Medical Center are limiting the number of visitors and requiring all visitors to fill out brief screening surveys to determine if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or may have come in contact with someone with the virus.
 
The hospitals also are requiring visitors to use designated entrances and Valleywise Medical Center is requiring visitors to use hand washing stations located at its entrances. Valleywise employees, including residents and fellows, must enter at the south tunnel for screening prior to entering the building.

Food service at both hospitals also has changed. Cafeteria self-serve stations such as salad bars are no longer available. Food service for meetings is no longer available at St. Joseph’s.
 
Both health systems have created website pages dedicated to sharing the latest information on Coronavirus related developments. Visit Valleywisehealth.org/covid-19/ and https://www.dignityhealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2019.
 
Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix has transitioned from in-class instruction for students in its accelerated nursing program to online instruction. However medical and nursing students are still expected to fulfill their clinical rotations and adhere to guidance and restrictions from clinical partners. For example, third- and fourth-year Creighton medical students are not allowed into isolation areas and no gatherings of more than 10 to 15 people are allowed at St. Joseph's Hospital.
 
All non-essential travel has been postponed.
 
Creighton University in Omaha has provided a web page of frequently asked questions related to Coronavirus-related human resources procedures for Creighton employees: https://www.creighton.edu/about/covid-19/guidance-employees/employee-q-a
 
The Alliance staff office at 4001 N. Third Street in Phoenix remains open but staff members are encouraged to work from home as needed. Also, meetings of 5 or more persons are encouraged to be held via Zoom, the teleconference platform.
 
Daily meetings among leaders and staff at both St. Joseph’s and Valleywise are taking place to decide next steps as developments evolve. The Alliance will provide communications to its learners, faculty, and staff as needed and appropriate.