MT. VERNON – Two of the region’s largest health care systems are expanding access to COVID-19 therapy.
BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States, and SSM Health, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have expanded access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies.
For people who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 illness and have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus or who are unvaccinated or immune compromised who have been exposed to COVID-19, the promising mAb treatment has been shown to help prevent progression of the disease that might otherwise require hospitalization.
SSM Health has treated more than 1,000 patients since first offering mAb therapy. It too is expanding access to the treatment – launching two sites in southern Illinois. Patients can receive treatment at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Centralia and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
The initiative will allow SSM Health to expand from roughly 5 to 80 appointments a week. To confirm eligibility for the treatment and book an appointment in Centralia or Mt. Vernon, patients should call 618-899-3394.