COVID-19 Alliance partner updates

Valleywise Health

Employee Screening Rescinded
A soft launch of mandatory employee screenings at Valleywise Health was rescinded and will not be in effect starting Thursday, March 19. The screening included questions about symptoms, travel and a rapid temperature check. While the mandatory screenings are rescinded, Valleywise continues to ask employees to clock in at the Kronos station (or arrive at the workplace for your shift) and attest that you meet the screening criteria for the day.

PPE Policy
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conserving the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed to care for patients. PPE supplies should be removed from the general areas of inpatient units and rooms and placed in a centralized location. Each nurse’s station will have a centralized PPE location where staff can obtain appropriate PPE. Items with limited availability will be kept in leadership offices (face shields/googles) or can be obtained from our warehouse as supply allows.

New Employee Orientation
Valleywise will transition significant portions of its new employee orientation online starting Monday, March 23. Day One will be entirely online and the rest of the orientation week will have portions of clinical orientation online as well. The goal is to decrease the required live instructor led sessions to groups of less than 10 people. Computer stations will be located in compliance with social distancing guidelines. All new hires for Monday, March 23 will receive their personalized orientation training schedule for the week ahead of time.

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center


Tent Triage Opened
St. Joseph’s has set up a tented triage area outside of its Emergency Department. While the ED will remain open 24/7, the tented area will be operational during peak ED times—9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Meeting with the Governor
Dignity Health Arizona Division Chief Medical Officer Keith Frey, MD, and other CMOs from throughout the Valley met with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday and asked for help expediting COVID-19 testing and securing more PPE for health care.

Volunteer Programs Suspended
Volunteer programs throughout the Dignity Health Arizona Division are being suspended. Pease be patient as we transition their assignments.

Classes Cancelled
Many hospital classes for both employees and the public have been cancelled. This includes all OB-related tours, classes and support groups. Please double-check to see if your class is still scheduled.

Temporary Changes to Religious Practices
Dignity Health Arizona Division hospitals will not be distributing communion or holding Mass. Sacraments and baptism will still be administered by our employed priest chaplains, who are following isolation precautions or calling patients in an effort to conserve PPE. This is in accordance with government guidelines and the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

Teladoc Use for Employees
Dignity Health Arizona Division employees are encouraged to use Teladoc when. appropriate. Teladoc gives you access to a board-certified physician 24/7 via phone, video, or mobile app. Get started at or 1-800-teladoc.


Creighton University School of Medicine


Instructional design assistance
The Teaching and Learning Center is extending its hours to assist faculty in transitioning to online learning. Instructional designers will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, as the office transitions to working remotely. An online request form and phone hotline (402-280-3428) have been established. Exam team members are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, and via the hotline 402-280-5665. Full-scale distance learning begins Monday, March 23.

Working remotely
We continue to encourage faculty and staff to work remotely, but they are allowed to work on campus if they choose, or if their job requires it. Certain mission-critical employees will need to report to campus. Check with your supervisor.

Critical response team
The Critical Incident Response Team continues to meet twice daily to assess the latest developments, and we are deeply grateful for the cooperation, prayers and support of the Creighton community as we move forward in these challenging times. If you have any questions or concerns, please continue to contact us at or 402.280.2152.