Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Incident Command Center Update

St. Joseph’s Incident Command Center continues to monitor all aspects of the pandemic while working to plan and prepare for the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.

Please note that the Incident Command Centers at the Dignity Health Arizona Division and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center are both still activated (the State of Arizona is still under an official State of Emergency per the Governor’s Executive Order).

Happy Hospital Week

National Hospital Week gives us the opportunity to highlight our hospitals and health care workers and the important role they play in supporting the needs of their communities, especially now.

St. Joseph’s send a special thank you to its environmental services team for working so hard to keep the facility clean during this pandemic response. Many physicians and employees have expressed their appreciation for the amazing staff that work in our EVS department.

Main Hospital Entrance Screening Restrictions

To assist with reducing patient screening delays as surgery cases increase, the Main Hospital entrance (off of the Admitting Circle Drive) will only be screening patients beginning Wednesday, May 13. All employees who utilize the Main Entrance for their initial temperature check will be re-routed to either the Healing Garden, Marley Lobby, Mother of Mercy Lobby, or Third Avenue Garage entrances. This change will only apply to the initial screening for the day. Once you have been screened and your badge has been tagged, employees are welcome to re-enter the hospital through the Main Entrance for the rest of the day.


St. Joseph’s parking garages will remain open and free for employees through this Friday, May 15. Normal parking policies (in your assigned area) and payments will resume on Monday, May 18.

St. Joseph’s Café 1895 has made the following changes:

  • The Café will now be open to more than 12 people at a time.
  • Dining room seating will gradually expand to two chairs per table with a six-foot distance between tables.
  • Patio seating is fully opened.
  • Remember that masks must be worn in the Café unless you are eating in the dining room.
  • Social distancing of six feet must be maintained among customers.


Valleywise Health

Current COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 20 (VHMC), 21 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI): 0 (VHMC), 0 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 4
  • Patients Discharged in Last 24 hours: 0 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)


Message from Michael White, CMO

With Arizona’s stay at home order set to expire Friday, it’s more important than ever that healthcare workers continue to adhere to (and encourage) proper infection prevention measures. That means continuing to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Stay at home, if you can.
  • Wear a mask when you’re in public
  • Try to stay six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Wipe down surfaces that may be infected.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.

By working together, Valleywise can help prevent additional cases and keep our hospitals well prepared for the next phase of the pandemic.

Dr. Pradhan Speaks on COVID-19 in Children

Pediatrician Dr. Salil Pradhan spoke with AZFamily about a mysterious illness in children that may be connected to COVID-19. "Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome" has been reported in several states and can cause similar symptoms to COVID-19, along with more serious inflammatory responses. Watch the video here.

COVID-19 Blogs

Did you know Valleywise Health has a health and wellness blog on its website?

Each week, physicians from District Medical Group and Valleywise Health author a blog post to help answer the community’s most pressing questions about their health care. For the last couple months, the topics have been focused on answering questions surrounding COVID-19, such as how to get takeout food safely, mental health tips, and talking to your kids about the pandemic.

Click here to read the blogs and share with your friends and family.

Labor and Delivery Update

Labor & Delivery (L&D) has begun universal rapid COVID-19 testing on all patients admitted to L&D. A good measure to employ would be for all services/providers who are required to enter a L&D patient’s room, stop at the nurse’s station to assess what type of PPE requirements are necessary prior to entering the room. If you have any questions while you are on the L&D unit, please notify the CRL or Charge Nurse.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Accreditation

The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program has been re-accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for 8 more years (2028). The ASHP Commission on Credentialing made their decision after a thorough review of the report of the survey conducted last year as well as our organization’s response to the survey findings. This residency program has been duly accredited by ASHP since August 13, 2001.