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Abrazo nurses travel to assist fellow RNs in Detroit

Apr 14, 2020

Temporary assignment supports fellow caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic

PHOENIX – Several nurses from Abrazo Health hospitals volunteered to support fellow caregivers in Detroit as that city experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases. They are temporarily filling needs at Detroit Medical Center hospitals, sister hospitals to Abrazo.

The nurses are from various departments at Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and Abrazo West Campus, and became available after the governor’s executive order paused elective surgery in Arizona hospitals.

It’s a short-term assignment for the Abrazo nurses. They will to return to Arizona when needed here, said Tami Biggs, RN, chief nursing officer at Abrazo Central Campus.

ACC-RNs-350-X-400“Detroit has been in need of nurses to help provide relief during this pandemic. Abrazo Central Campus had five Surgical Services nurses that flew to Michigan to help support their needs. I can’t thank these nurses enough for their courage and support,” said Biggs. Nurses from the other Abrazo campuses followed the original group.

“The employees and the community are so thankful,” Caryn Huffman, RN, emailed to her coworkers back in Phoenix. “Others are offering their services for anything we might need while we are here.”

“Our colleagues in Detroit are fighting the battle in a way that most of us are not yet experiencing. They have fought hard and with such grace and determination. However, they were in desperate need of staff,” said Biggs. The Abrazo nurses are filling in wherever they’re needed in Detroit.

“This speaks volumes to the power in being a part of a system that works together to support each other in need,” added Abrazo Central Interim CEO Ed Staren. “We received so many messages of gratitude from leadership in Detroit and Tenet Home Office.”

Staren noted Abrazo hospitals can safely care for patients with the staff and supplies currently on hand.

“There has been tremendous teamwork and compassion from hospital staff, physicians and board members who are offering all of their support during this pandemic. This is like running a marathon at the pace of a sprint, but we are all in this together to protect the health of our community,’ said Staren.

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