Anderson EMS Vaccinates Homebound

Anderson Hospital EMS Becomes 1st in State to provide vaccinations to Homebound Residents

On March 31 Anderson Hospital EMS began providing COVID vaccinations to the homebound in our area. Anderson Hospital EMS is the first in the State of Illinois to provide vaccinations to this vulnerable population.  

“The excitement of the first vaccination was the result of a lot of hard work 3 months in the making,” explained Eric Brandmeyer, Anderson Hospital Director of EMS and Emergency Preparedness.   “The idea of EMS vaccinating the home bound was presented by John Bailot, Chief of Collinsville Fire Department. From there it took a small army of folks from the Madison County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, Anderson Hospital EMS Providers, and the Anderson Hospital EMS office to make the plan a reality.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health worked with the Anderson Hospital EMS System Coordinator, Steve Nikolaisen, and Anderson Hospital EMS Medical Director, Andrew Russell, to develop a safe and effective vaccination plan.  It will be a template for the rest of the state.

“The EMS service leadership worked hard to train their personnel specific to vaccinations, and scheduled extra staff to provide vaccinations to the home bound,” explained Nikolaisen.  “EMS are excited to provide this service to their communities as they have said ‘it is the right thing to do.’”

The Madison County Health Department worked toward identifying the area home bound by EMS district, scheduling the vaccinations, preparing the vaccinations, and providing medical authorization for the vaccinations.

If you or someone you know is homebound and in need of a vaccination call the Madison County Health Department at 618-650-8445.

Scholarship Opportunities for Healthcare Students

Anderson Auxiliary and Anderson Medical Staff Announce 2021 Scholarship Opportunities

Maryville, IL -  The Auxiliary of Anderson Hospital and the Anderson Hospital Medical Staff are offering $1,000 scholarships to students who are enrolled in health care related fields of study.  Students must be legal residents of the State of Illinois and must attend an accredited school, although it need not be an Illinois institution.  

Winners will be announced by July 2021.  Scholarship application packets contain information for both scholarship opportunities.  The scholarship applications are due by Friday, June 4, 2021.

Applications are available through the financial aid/counseling departments of local academic institutions.  They can also be found at the Anderson Hospital switchboard, gift shop and Physician's Office Building reception desk.  Applications can also be downloaded from the hospital's website at andersonhospital.org.  In addition, interested individuals may contact Cheryl Pace, Auxiliary Scholarship Chairperson, 6800 State Route 162, Maryville, IL  62062.  

Click on the link(s) below, download the PDF, and follow individual scholarship instructions. 

pdfAuxiliary Scholarship Packet

pdfMedical Staff Scholarship Packet

AndersonMercy Cancer Care Offering COVID Infusion Therapy

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Monoclonal antibodies have been used to treat cancer for years, but now it’s making a difference in treating high-risk patients who have tested positive for COVID 19.  One way the body's immune system attacks foreign substances – like COVID19 - is by making large numbers of antibodies. An antibody is a protein that sticks to a specific protein called an antigen. Antibodies circulate throughout the body until they find and attach to the antigen. Once attached, they can force other parts of the immune system to destroy the cells containing the antigen.

Bamlanivimab is a monoclonal antibody that was granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and drug administration late last year.  The drug is delivered via infusion, like chemotherapy, rather than through a quick injection.  It is predicted to be effective against more than 99% of all COVID strains that we see in the United States today.

It’s intended for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms in adults 19 years and older who have tested positive for COVID19 and are considered high risk for progressing to severe COVID 19 and/or hospitalization.   Timing is important!  Treatment must start within 10 days from symptom onset to benefit -- once hospitalized with COVID-19, the drug isn’t shown to be effective.

Pharmacist, Bart Smith, works with the AndersonMercy Cancer Care team at the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center.  They have been providing COVID19 patients with this therapy since December 31, 2020.   “So far we have had no patients hospitalized for COVID19 following the infusion,” said Smith.   “We follow up with each patient the following days and instruct them to let us know if they have any issues post treatment.” 

Limited appointments are available daily with our specially trained and certified infusion staff.  “It takes about a half hour to setup, an hour for the infusion to run and then the patient will need to be monitored for one hour after the treatment to make sure they don’t have any serious reactions,” explained Smith.   “We are excited to provide this treatment to our community!” 

As of 2-4-21 the Center has treated 29 patients.  If patients are interested in this treatment please contact your Anderson Medical Group provider to see if you qualify and have them contact the infusion center. 

Contacts & Info for COVID Vaccination

We have received many questions from the community regarding the distribution of the COVID19 vaccine. First, we wanted to clarify the vaccine distribution process is directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and not individual hospitals. This Belleville News Democrat article  does a great job at answering some of the FAQs you might have! http://bit.ly/35C1J7q

 

Madison County Public Health:

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https://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/health/index.php

WATCH:    Madison County Health Department's Public Information Officer, Amy Yeager, talked with KMOV about the first planned vaccine distribution in our area. http://bit.ly/2XHK1uF Yeager urges the community to stay tuned to local media, their social media sites, and their website www.madisonchd.org for more information.

Macoupin County Public Health:

https://mcphd.net/

 

St. Clair County Public Health:

https://www.co.st-clair.il.us/departments/health-department