Abrazo West Campus

Abrazo West Campus staff and providers enjoyed free ice cream treats this week in recognition of the teams who have weathered the COVID-19 journey and been by the bedside of patients over the past year of the pandemic.

A year after COVID-19 was first diagnosed in Arizona, Abrazo West Campus has successfully cared for and discharged more than 1,000 COVID-19 patients. Abrazo West, like its sister Abrazo hospitals in the Valley, remains vigilant in its determination to provide safe care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

“Thanks to the skill and commitment of our providers and staff, more than 1,000 patients have had a fighting chance of surviving this disease, reuniting with loved ones and living life. It’s a humbling milestone that involved the incredible work of this entire team,” said Abrazo West Campus Chief Executive Officer Christina Oh.

Hospital administration provided ice cream treats for day and night shift staff at Abrazo West Campus and Abrazo Buckeye Emergency Center as a way to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made to care for those treated for COVID-19 over the past year.

“While it’s inspiring to recognize the fact that, as of this week, Abrazo West has successfully cared for and discharged over 1,000 COVID patients, we also reflect on the fact that there are many families across Arizona who have lost loved ones or continue to battle this disease,” Oh said. 

“We feel that it is important to honor our teams who have weathered the COVID journey and been by the bedside of patients who have recovered and those who haven’t. Their determination and sacrifices for putting patients and families first make us proud of each and every one of our caregivers.”

All Arizona hospitals have taken safety measures to protect their patients, staff and communities. Abrazo hospitals remain safe for emergency and elective care, adopting COVID-19 safety standards with enhanced cleaning protocols, visitor restrictions, and screening of everyone entering its facilities.

“Our hospitals are safe for elective and emergency care. We have rigorous protocols in place for the safety for patients, physicians and staff,” added Dr. Brian Dursteler, chief of staff at Abrazo West. “There is a greater risk for secondary issues if care is delayed.”

The hospital is fully open and caring for patients, including inpatient and outpatient elective procedures, as the number of COVID-19 diagnoses continue trending downward.  

“Deferred or delayed care is essential. It is important to understand that elective procedures are medically necessary. These are procedures that help provide relief from knee or hip pain, cancer, cardiovascular, neurological or other conditions. ‘Elective’ is still essential care, which can be lifesaving and life altering treatment,” Oh said.

Hospitals, ERs and doctors’ offices are safe places to receive care, Dursteler said.

“Waiting to see a doctor or go to the ER may result in a greater risk of complications, disability and lengthier recovery times. Strokes, heart attacks and other health issues still happen during a pandemic,” he said.

While health care professionals are encouraged by current trends in the pandemic and vaccine availability, precautions are still important.

“Don’t let ‘COVID fatigue’ cause complacency. Continuing our prevention efforts, like frequently washing our hands, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing, and getting vaccinated when it’s your turn, benefits everyone in our community,” Dursteler said.