Banner Health sends Arizona nurses to Colorado to help coronavirus outbreak

Mar 30, 2020, 4:35 AM | Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 1:28 pm
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PHOENIX – Ten Banner Health nurses in Arizona headed to Colorado on Sunday to help combat COVID-19.

The group of nurses will serve a two-week assignment in Greeley, Colorado to help one of the hardest hit areas in the state.

“My manager, Erin, texted and said, ‘Hey, we got the go ahead. I need you to do a few things.’” Banner Health Registered Nurse Lindsey Stewart said in a press release Sunday.

“At that moment, it was like, ‘Wow, this is so surreal.’ I didn’t hesitate. I want to help. I mean, you sign up to be a nurse to do stuff like this.”

As a large health care system, Banner Health has the ability to shift resources to where they’re most needed — including nurses.

According to the release, Banner hospitals in Greeley , Fort Collins, and Loveland are treating patients who have tested positive or are awaiting results of COVID-19 tests. They’ve enacted surge plans to increase capacity for critical care services.

The team flew from Phoenix to Greeley on a private plane that Phoenix-based Swift Transportation donated.

“The community has always been good to us,” Swift Aviation Owner Jerry Moyes said in the release.

“When I heard what they are doing, what they are going through—the sacrifice—it made it pretty easy for us to volunteer and make it much easier for them to fly up private.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Colorado reported 2,307 cases and 47 deaths, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Meanwhile, Arizona had 919 cases and 17 deaths as of Sunday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Heath Services.

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Banner Health sends Arizona nurses to Colorado to help coronavirus outbreak