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Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color

Mar 4, 2021

CommonSpirit Health’s Alisahah Cole, MD, System Vice President Innovation and Policy Population Health, shares insights on why vaccine hesitancy may be more prevalent in communities of color.

The Impact of COVID-19 in Communities of Color

Jan 28, 2021

Why are minority communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19? Initial research indicates that socioeconomic factors are the primary contributor for the increased rate in minority communities.

U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 18 million

Dec 29, 2020

Dr. Thomas McGinn, executive vice president of Physician Enterprise, discussed the current state of the pandemic, the vaccine rollout, and growth in virtual care.

'My second life': California nurse walks out of hospital after 8-month COVID-19 ordeal

Dec 22, 2020

A veteran ICU nurse leaves the hospital after recovering from COVID-19.

Don't Share Your Air

Dec 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches new heights in communities across the country, Dignity Health provides a simple prescription: Dont Share Your Air.

Taking Care of 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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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!

Privacy and Virtual Visits

June 24, 2020

Dr. Marijka Grey explains how we maintain patient privacy during a virtual visit, and offers tips for patients.

Predictive Modeling Tools Help Forecast COVID-19 Cases

June 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

June 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.

Our commitment to safe care: What to expect in our clinics

June 4, 2020

We are continuing to take a number of steps to ensure the safety of our patients, clinicians and staff. Please watch to hear about some of these measures and don’t delay your care. We’re here when you’re ready.

CommonSpirit Health Celebrates 375,000 Virtual Visits

June 5, 2020

Our ambulatory physicians and advanced practice providers have conducted 375,000 virtual visits since the capability rapidly expanded across CommonSpirit Health in response to COVID-19. In the future, virtual will play a key role in patient care across the care continuum, offering convenience, complementing in-person visits, and improving health outcomes.

Honoring the Lives Lost to COVID-19

June 2, 2020

Rev. Tom Harshman, System Vice President, Pastoral and Spiritual Care, offers a reflection on the more than 100,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S.

New Partnership for Domestic Supply of PPE

June 2, 2020

Through a new partnership, CommonSpirit Health has acquired a stake in the largest domestic manufacturer of face masks, including N95 respirators and surgical masks. This creates more resilience in our supply chain and helps provide our workforce with the supplies it needs to deliver care safely.

Los Angeles Surge Hospital and Clinical Education, Serving the Common Good During COVID-19

May 27, 2020

COVID-19 has positioned CommonSpirit Health to serve our communities in innovative ways that we never had imagined. In Los Angeles, our clinical educators stepped up to help a surge hospital open in record time.

5 Questions About Testing

May 27, 2020

What's the difference between antibody tests and molecular tests? Is "rapid" testing preferred? Our laboratory medicine experts answer your questions about COVID-19 testing.

Answering the Call: CommonSpirit Strives to End Health Inequalities

May 15, 2020

In this Q&A, President and COO Marvin O'Quinn discusses our mission of advancing social justice for all.

CommonSpirit Health Begins Safely Resuming Health Care Services and Procedures

May 8, 2020

As many states have begun to reopen more business and services, many CommonSpirit Health care sites are safely resuming additional health care services and procedures.

CommonSpirit Health at Home Reinvents Virtual Telehealth Monitoring and Medication Management to Protect Patients During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

APR 29, 2020

Serving 140,000 of CommonSpirit’s patients in 10 states, Health at Home fast-tracked the launch of the telehealth tools not only to serve COVID-19 patients, but also for high-risk patients who are self-isolating so they have access to biomonitoring capabilities and a delivery service that sends pre-arranged medications.

Addressing the Crisis of Violence During COVID-19

APR 21, 2020

CommonSpirit Health is committed to addressing the public health crisis of violence. Through the alignment of existing programs from Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, we now have a holistic model for both responding to and preventing violence.

Acting To Sustain our Care and Support Our People

APR 17, 2020

The public-health crisis caused by COVID-19 is placing intense strain on our health care resources, and the response from our clinicians and staff is nothing short of heroic. We must continue to act to make sure we can keep providing patient care and supporting our employees. Today we are taking additional steps to do just that, including a salary deduction for our CEOs and executive leadership team.

CommonSpirit Health pledges ventilators for national COVID-19 'Dynamic Ventilator Reserve'

APR 14, 2020

CommonSpirit Health is participating in a new public-private effort to identify, manage and move ventilators needed by hospitals across the country treating a surge of COVID-19 patients.

Surge Hospital Opens for COVID-19 Patients

APR 06, 2020

State of California, County of Los Angeles Partner with Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente to Open ‘Los Angeles Surge Hospital’

CommonSpirit Health Statement on Universal Masking Practices at Care Facilities

APR 03, 2020

CommonSpirit Health released the following statement regarding its practice around universal masking at its care facilities across the country.

CommonSpirit Health Repurposes Hospital Cafeterias Into Grocery Stores

APR 1, 2020

CommonSpirit Health is providing its caregivers safe and convenient access to essential grocery items in short supply at retail stores by turning its hospital cafes into grocery stores.

Virtual Care and Intelligent Automation Tools Help CommonSpirit Health’s Caregivers at 1,000+ Care Sites Triage Patients and Reduce Transmission of COVID-19

APR 2, 2020

The rapid expansion of automated technologies and virtual care is powering the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. CommonSpirit Health has scaled virtual visits and AI-enabled assessments and screenings to millions of patients across 21 states in a matter of weeks.

CommonSpirit Health Restricts Non-Emergency Surgeries

MAR 27, 2020

CommonSpirit Health, which has hundreds of hospitals and clinics serving patients across 21 states, has implemented restrictions on non-emergency surgeries throughout its system in order to create and preserve surge capacity and personal protective equipment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate.

CommonSpirit Health to Suspend Patient Billing for the Testing and Treatment of COVID-19

MAR 17, 2020

CommonSpirit Health, which has hundreds of hospitals and clinics serving patients across 21 states, will suspend sending patient bills related to the testing and treatment of COVID-19.


From our experts

Marvin O’Quinn Addresses Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Dec 3, 2020

President and COO Marvin O’Quinn talks with CNN about how hospitals are faring amid the recent national surge of COVID-19 patients.

Everyone can help heal an ailing healthcare system

Nov 16, 2020

One of the many lessons from the ongoing pandemic is that our entire country must get actively involved in healthcare. Each of us individually can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and all of us collectively can transform our healthcare system into one that prevents illness and helps people live healthier lives.

Lloyd Dean: How hospitals are prepping for the new COVID-19 surge

Oct 30, 2020

CommonSpirit CEO Lloyd Dean discusses how hospital systems have worked hard to be ready for the next wave of COVID-19, and how wearing a mask is the most important thing you can do to help.

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

Aug 26, 2020

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

CommonSpirit Health's Lloyd Dean is taking on inequities in healthcare

Aug 10, 2020

Lloyd Dean is honored as one of the most influential minority executives in health care, and addresses a career focused on eliminating health disparities.

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.

Virtual Ethics Consultation: A Digital Approach

July 20, 2020

As healthcare moves to virtual care, especially in our current COVID19 environment, Kevin Murphy, Senior Vice President of Mission Innovation, Ethics and Theology, talks with experts about virtual ethics discussions or consultations.

Leveraging Data and AI to Reimagine Health Care After the Pandemic.

July 22, 2020

Chief Strategic Innovation Officer Rich Roth discusses the important role technology will continue to play in healthcare even after COVID-19.

Violence Prevention During COVID-19

June 24, 2020

Laura Krausa, Director of Advocacy Programs, discusses how we’re helping address and prevent violence during the pandemic.

Reflecting on Worry, A Guided Meditation

May 20, 2020

Dignity Health's spiritual care leadership offers this mindful meditation exercise to reflect on the experience of worry and what has helped us face worry before.

The pandemic has exposed health disparities; we need to act on these painful lessons

APR 28, 2020

In this op-ed, CEO Lloyd Dean notes the health disparities intensified by COVID-19, and how we can work to build a better system in the future.

Building on Change Beyond the Pandemic

APR 28, 2020

In his latest LinkedIn article, CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd Dean addresses building on progress made during the pandemic to create a healthier and more equitable world for every person.

Addressing Health Disparities During COVID-19

APR 21, 2020

Speaking as part of a panel discussion for the recent Social Innovation Summit, Jahmal Miller, VP of Equity and Inclusion, discusses how Commonspirit is addressing health disparities during COVID-19.

Telemedicine gets boost from COVID-19 outbreak

APR 17, 2020

Dr. Kathleen Jordan discusses how physicians and patients have warmed to telemedicine.

Coronavirus Found to Have Effect on Heart and Brain

APR 17, 2020

The novel coronavirus has a wide variety of symptoms, which shows that it effects more organs than just the lungs. Dr. Kathleen Jordan, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at CommonSpirit Health's Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, joined Cheddar to discuss.

Addressing Health Disparities During COVID-19

APR 17, 2020

Speaking as part of a panel discussion for the recent Social Innovation Summit, Jahmal Miller, VP of Equity and Inclusion, discusses how Commonspirit is addressing health disparities during COVID-19.

Coronavirus Found to Have Effect on Heart and Brain

APR 17, 2020

The novel coronavirus has a wide variety of symptoms, which shows that it effects more organs than just the lungs. Dr. Kathleen Jordan, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at CommonSpirit Health's Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, joined Cheddar to discuss.

Telemedicine gets boost from COVID-19 outbreak

APR 17, 2020

Dr. Kathleen Jordan discusses how physicians and patients have warmed to telemedicine.

Dr. Marijka Grey Discusses the Benefits of Virtual Visits

APR 10, 2020

Through virtual visits, you can see a doctor without leaving your home.

How does COVID-19 end?

APR 13, 2020

Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Kathleen Jordan addresses immunizations and herd immunity.

What helps caregivers the most?

APR 5, 2020

Dr. Marijka Grey discusses the actions that truly help caregivers as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Nicholas Testa: How hospitals prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients

APR 03, 2020

Emergency Medicine specialist Dr. Nicholas Testa discusses how hospitals prepare for coronavirus cases, and the key differences between New York and Los Angeles.


COVID-19

COVID-19: What Might Recovery Look Like?

APR 21, 2020

The answer may be different for everyone, depending on how they are experiencing this pandemic. We look at how recovery could look from several perspectives. In each case, all of us have a role to play.

Taking Care of Our Own

APR 06, 2020

The response to COVID-19 from our amazing physicians, nurses, respiratory techs, and other caregivers has been nothing short of inspiring. And we have made it our top priority to make sure they feel supported and stay healthy during this difficult time.


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