Seven St. Alphonsus nurses volunteering in hot spots

Olivia Cordes
Devan Hromcik, St. Alphonsus
Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 09:20:01-04

BOISE, Idaho — Seven St. Alphonsus critical care nurses are helping medical teams facing novel coronavirus patients and staffing challenges at Trinity Health hospitals in Michigan and California. Three nurses are at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, two are at St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, Michigan and two others are in the ICU at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Oakland, Michigan.

“These seven nurses represent the mission, vision and value of Saint Alphonsus,” said Odette Bolano, President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System. “Their selflessness in a time of crisis speaks volumes about their dedication, compassion and service in the spirit of the Gospel. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The nurses left Boise on April 5 and will be at there new assignments until at least early May. They were originally supposed to be helping in Michigan and California for two weeks, but have had their assignments extended to help meet the need for critical care nurses.

“I am honored to work with such a highly skilled group of Critical Care Registered Nurses. Our Critical Care RNs provide exceptional care to complex critically ill patients every day,” said Jennifer Misajet, Chief Nursing Officer for Saint Alphonsus Health System. “In this assignment they will bring their considerable skill and expertise to support our Trinity Hospitals experiencing Critical Care nursing needs. I applaud their willingness to deploy to the areas hard hit by COVID-19.”

Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving 22 states with 94 hospitals.

“As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic here in Michigan, we have received an outpouring of support from across our Trinity Health family,” said Nickolas Nickolopoulos, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Mary Mercy Livonia. “Our staff welcomes the arrival of colleagues from Saint Alphonsus Health System and we look forward to the contributions they will make to the health and wellbeing of our community.