Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases 

Confirmed positive: 5 (VHMC)
Persons Under Investigation: 4 (VHMC), 20 (Behavioral Health)

Incident Decision Units (IDU)

Modifications to IDU 1 will increase the capacity for negative pressure rooms. This work is expected to be completed today (Friday). This required moving patients to IDU 3, which opened Wednesday. IDU 3 is ready for a potential patient surge. Staff are currently working on proper supply and PPE processes.


To conserve resources, the lab processes 22 COVID-19 tests at one time. Four test runs have been completed. An order has been placed to receive a shipment of more than 1400 additional COVID-19 tests, which should arrive today (Friday). With limited resources nationwide, the lab is exploring alternative methods of specimen collection other than the swab currently being used.

Outpatient Appointments/ Telehealth

In person visits have been reduced but continue at all Valleywise Health locations for patients needing health care. Since last Friday, more than 176 telehealth visits have occurred. If video conferencing is not available, the current plan calls for immediate transfer to a phone call. A COVID-19 triage team has received nearly 100 patient calls.

Employee Testing

Employee Health and Wellness has tested 41 employees for COVID-19. Of the reported results, all have been negative. As a reminder, Employee Health and Wellness only reports results to those who get tested with Employee Health and Wellness. If an employee gets a COVID-19 test done at their primary care provider at Valleywise Health, the rest results will need to be released by the provider’s office.

Behavioral Health

Two units for new behavioral health admissions has been created - one at Valleyise Behavioral Health Center - Mesa and one at our Valleywise Behavioral Health Center - Maryvale. The units will allow patients to be isolated from other patients being screened for COVID-19 infection. 

Work from Home 

Efforts are underway to transition eligible employees to work from home during the next several days to further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Leadership teams are evaluating which employees in their respective areas should be able to work from home.

Tune-in to Valley Well! Valle Salud! this Sunday!

Looking for tips to reduce stress related to the COVID-19 crisis? Tune in this Sunday at 7 a.m. to Valley Well! Valle Salud! on 94.5 KOOL FM, Live 101.5 FM and KMLE Country 107.9 FM. Valleywise Health behavioral expert and District Medical Group physician Alicia Cowdrey, MD, will be on the show with great ideas to help you and your family manage stress.

Work Selfies

Marketing is looking for employees selfies to add to the COVID-19 Information page. Whether you’re in PPE on the front lines or working from home for the first time, send your selfie to Get creative and include a sign with a message of hope for your co-workers.

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dignity Health Offers Virtual Care Anywhere
Dignity Health has launched Virtual Care Anywhere, which offers a free, one-time
COVID-19 screening from a video visit platform for individuals who may be exhibiting
mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. If followup care or additional testing is needed, participants may be directed to their primary care physician or a community testing site. To access a free virtual visit, click, download the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or call 855-356-8053. You must use the coupon code COVID1 to obtain a free visit.
Food for Employees
With many stores selling out of staples, many employees are finding it a challenge to
get groceries. St. Joseph’s food and nutrition services team is coming to the rescue by providing limited groceries in Café 1895 starting Tuesday, March 31. Both food and non-food items will be sold daily between 6:30 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. Cash, credit card, and payroll deduction will be accepted, and items will be sold at cost. Please shop after your shift to ensure the safety of perishable foods, as the café will not be able to store or hold items. Please do not bring grocery bags. They will be supplied. Quantities may be limited.
A Free Cup of Joe for Employees
In thanks to our team for going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic,
hospital administration is offering a free tall (small) black coffee at Starbucks for
employees daily now through Sunday, May 3. You must wear your badge and order in person to receive the deal. The offer may not be applied to or in exchange for other beverages. Limit one tall black coffee (hot or iced) per person, per day.

Creighton University

Numbers to Graduate
The ACGME has officially released that residents can graduate with less numbers if the program director, with consideration of the recommendations of the program’s Clinical Competence Committee, deems an individual resident/fellow competent. This takes some pressure off of residents as elective cases are cancelled. Continue to work with your program on details.
They have also cleared telehealth and tele-supervision to count as training opportunities. When things return to normal these rules will be determined by each specialty so it may not remain permanent.
Learning Opportunities
Many board review online courses are offering courses free of charge during this time. Check to see what your specialty may be offering. In addition, the SCCM is offering free online critical care training for non-ICU physicians. Visit