Coronavirus news and updates

News and information on our response to COVID-19. Dignity Health is part of CommonSpirit Health.


CommonSpirit Health Opens Reference Lab to Increase COVID-19 Test Capacity across the U.S.

SEP 8, 2020

"CommonSpirit Health today announced the opening of its Reference Lab, which will more than triple current COVID-19 testing for the nonprofit’s 137 hospitals and 1000+ care sites. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, CommonSpirit’s Lab will alone increase the country’s COVID-19 test capacity by 70,000 tests per week."

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A Salute to Nurses

SEP 29, 2020

Chief Nursing Officer Kathleen Sanford salutes the 40,000+ nursing professionals across our system's 137 hospitals in 21 states during what the World Health Organization has declared the International Year of the Nurse.

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We've learned a lot during this pandemic; let's put the knowledge to good use

SEP 29, 2020

We have acquired an enormous amount of actionable knowledge about the virus—how to test for and better treat it, how to prevent its spread and how to protect ourselves against it. Our infection prevention leaders share some core lessons learned.

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Caring for our caregivers

OCT 12, 2020

For health care workers, the emotional strain of the COVID-19 pandemic is considerable, and balancing work while caring for loved ones at home is especially challenging. CommonSpirit Health has begun offering several new benefits to support our 125,000 health care workers during this difficult time and beyond.

Here Comes the Flu

AUG 26, 2020

Flu season is almost here, and getting a flu vaccine has never been more important. By vaccinating against the flu, you are helping to reduce its spread during the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping to ensure that our health care systems can manage through this time.

What does "home from the hospital" mean to the homeless?

AUG 17, 2020

With the requirements to stay and home and socially distance in response to COVID-19, individuals experiencing homelessness are very susceptible to exposure. We’re committed to strong partnerships with other organizations that work to solve issues of health care access, housing insecurity, and homelessness, while advocating for meaningful policies in the local, state and national arenas.

“A Movement That Cannot be Silenced”: CEO Lloyd Dean on Racism and Health Care

JUL 21, 2020

Lloyd Dean, CEO, shared his thoughts on assuming the singular CommonSpirit Health CEO role, the intersection of COVID-19 and racism, and the creation of a “movement that cannot be silenced,” during a recent interview with the Advisory Board.

Preventing Coronavirus Is a Team Sport

JUL 22, 2020

Our infectious disease expert discusses why everyone plays a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Predictive Modeling Tools Help Forecast COVID-19 Cases

JUL 21, 2020

Lloyd Dean, CEO, shared his thoughts on assuming the singular CommonSpirit Health CEO role, the intersection of COVID-19 and racism, and the creation of a “movement that cannot be silenced,” during a recent interview with the Advisory Board.

Update: Virtual Perinatal Support Sessions to Continue Through December 2020

JUL 14, 2020

Our virtual Taking Care of Mama program is helping support pregnant women and new moms in these challenging times. And sessions have just been extended through December 2020!

Predictive Modeling Tools Help Forecast COVID-19 Cases

JUN 22, 2020

De-identified cell phone data, public health data, and data from our own care sites can help forecast changes in health care demand and prepare for upticks of COVID-19 patients as communities nationwide relax social distancing orders.

The Significance of Juneteenth and Moving Forward with a Just and Equitable Health Care System

JUN 18, 2020

At a moment when the racial divide in our country just might be reaching a tipping point, I am hopeful as I see more people acknowledging the role that #Juneteenth played in demonstrating how we can overcome oppressive systems, structures, and institutions.

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The Year 2030: How Addressing Social Determinants can Help Rebuild the American Health System

AUG 30, 2020

Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on what we in health care have long known – that health disparities rooted in race and ethnicity cause real life-and-death health consequences for people of color. It’s incumbent upon us all to rebuild the health care system in our country so it responds to the needs of everyone – especially vulnerable and underserved populations.

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COVID-19 Updates: Saliva testing, safe return to schools

AUG 17, 2020

Infectious disease expert Dr. Bilal Naseer discusses the latest trends in the coronavirus pandemic, including a new saliva test.

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Succeeding in the new era of virtual health care

AUG 10, 2020

Suja Chandrasekaran, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer, shared her insights on virtual care during a recent webinar hosted by U.S. News & World Report.

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