Michigan DHHS Partners and its Region 6 Healthcare Coalition Collaborate to Deliver Infusions of Monoclonal Antibodies to High-Risk Veterans
On December 16, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Region 6 Healthcare Coalition partnered to perform infusions of the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapeutics for residents at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Spectrum Health also supported the effort by providing monoclonal antibody therapeutics to the clinic.
Local emergency medical services (EMS) supported the administration of IV infusions. Nurses and paramedics from the MDHHS Mobile Crisis Teams monitored the patients for any adverse reactions.
To date, this is the second and largest single-day infusion clinic to occur in the state of Michigan, according to Anne Zerbe, executive director at Michigan Veteran Homes. Major General Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and director of Michigan’s Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, had this to say: “The outstanding partnership between MDHHS, Spectrum Health and local EMS providers is another example of our state’s proactive approach to getting the best treatment to our most vulnerable populations, in this case, Michiganders who have already given their utmost to protect us.” Ultimately, this effort resulted in 19 high-risk veterans being treated.
This story was developed and submitted by the Amber Pitts, the HPP Coordinator for the state of Michigan. The ASPR Health Care Readiness Programs Communications Team made minor updates throughout for clarity.