COVID Infusion Therapy Offered

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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

 

We're Hiring! Come Join Our Team!

Talk to our recruiter today about any of the following important positions:

Alyya El-Khatib, Recruiter

[email protected]

(618) 391-6437

 

Food Service Worker-PT/FT

Job Summary: AYR patient service responsibilities include:  assembling patient trays in a timely and accurate manner ensuring that all items are placed on the tray according to the patients request and therapeutic diet order. Cafeteria service responsibilities include:  serving all cafeteria customers in a timely and courteous manner; accurate cash handling and operation of cash register.

Education & Other Requirements:

Education Level: High School Diploma or equivalent

Certification/Licensure: Must be able to read, write, and speak English

Experience Requirements: Prior food service experience necessary

 


Respiratory Care Practitioner-PRN/Varies

Job Summary:

Provides respiratory care services: safe, skillful, accurate and in an efficient manner, age-appropriate and population specific to patients of all ages under the direction of a physician, guided by department guidelines, policies, procedures and protocols.  

Education & Other Requirements:

Education Level:  Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Care Program

Certification/Licensure: Current credentials with the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC):

Certification required, Registry preferred

Current State of Illinois Respiratory Care Practitioner License required

Adult/Pediatric CPR certification required (Available upon employment)

Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification required (Available upon employment)

ACLS/PALS certification preferred.

Experience Requirements:  Minimum of one to two years clinical experience as a student therapist.

 


 

C.N.A-FT & PT/Nights/Days

Job Summary:

Performs basic duties of patient care to adult and geriatric populations, under the guidance and direction of the Registered Nurse.  Performs various housekeeping and cleaning duties to maintain a safe, clean environment. Performance expectations are defined in the competency evaluation.

Education & Other Requirements:

Education Level: High school diploma or equivalent

Certification/Licensure: Successful completion of approved Nurse Assistant course with certification by the State of Illinois

BLS certification required

Experience Requirements:   Long term care, rehabilitation, and/or medical surgical care experience preferred


 

Cook-FT/Vaires

Job Summary:

Prepares food for patients, cafeteria, and special functions. Cleans work areas as related to the preparation and serving of food.

Education & Other Requirements:

Education Level: High School Diploma or equivalent

Certification/Licensure: Must be able to read, write, and speak English.

Experience Requirements: Prior food service experience necessary.  One-year experience in quantity (batch cooking) food production preferred.


 

Medical Assistant-FT/Days

Job Summary:

The medical assistant performs administrative support duties under the direction of the practice manager which may include scheduling appointments, answering the telephone and directing the calls to the appropriate staff, registering patients, collecting and updating patient demographics, verifying health insurance coverage and collecting/processing payments.  Clinical duties are performed under the supervision of the physician or mid-level provider and may include obtaining and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for the examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by the physician or mid-level provider.

Education & Other Requirements:

Education Level:  High school graduate or equivalent required. Medical terminology course or background required.  Graduate of a medical assistant program preferred. Will train if necessary. Certification preferred or willingness to become certified.

Experience Requirements:  Experience in a medical setting.  Prior experience as a medical assistant is preferred. 

Other Requirements:  Must be able to complete computer work.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary

Thank you so much!!

Alyya El-Khatib

Recruiter

*[email protected]

(618-391-6437

Now Hiring Respiratory Care Practitioner

Respiratory Care Practitioner

$5,000 sign on bonus!!!!

Shift: Full Time/Nights/Evenings

PRN/Varies

Job Summary:

Provides respiratory care services: safe, skillful, accurate and in an efficient manner, age-appropriate and population specific to patients of all ages under the direction of a physician, guided by department guidelines, policies, procedures and protocols.  

Education & Other Requirements:

Education Level:  Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Care Program

Certification/Licensure: Current credentials with the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC):

Certification required, Registry preferred

Current State of Illinois Respiratory Care Practitioner License required

Adult/Pediatric CPR certification required (Available upon employment)

Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification required (Available upon employment)

ACLS/PALS certification preferred.

Experience Requirements:  Minimum of one to two years clinical experience as a student therapist.

 

CONTACT:

Alyya El-Khatib, Recruiter

[email protected]

(618)-391-6437

 

Foundation Gala Goes Virtual

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The Anderson Hospital Foundation’s 2021 Gala is going virtual!  The January Gala may best be described as an “interactive website” which will be open to participants January 29 thru the 31st.   Lori St. John, Foundation Event Manger, is working with GiveSmart, an industry leader in fundraising software, to bring a fun and interactive event to life, virtually.

While we will miss the fellowship and networking that occurs when physically gathered for a cause, there are some great advantages to a virtual event!  One of the best advantages is anyone can participate…from anywhere!   Guests can navigate to the website from the comfort of their own home using the device of their choice.  “The Givesmart Module allows guests to bid on their phones,” explained Lori.  “They will also get phone updates on their bid as the auction continues.” 

The website will feature “How to” videos from the Foundation Board’s Lendell Phelps,  instructing guests on how to navigate the website and participate in the auction.  “The items they will bid on will be Covid friendly and will be parties of 10 or 20, things to do close to home or items for the home,” said Lori. 

The 2021 Gala is titled, Hometown Heroes, and will feature a video showcasing a day in the life of some of our very own hospital heroes.   Lori is especially excited to offer past participants an extra special benefit.  “Guests from our 2020 event will receive a special save the date card in the mail and will receive a special gift the week of the event,” explained Lori.  The gift will include some special items including a recipe from the Chef at the Four Seasons.   “A video of the Chef making the recipe will be on the website and guests can make it during the event or whenever they want to enjoy it!”

 Lori is hoping guests will make a fun evening out of it.  “I hope guests will dress up and celebrate safely with friends,” said Lori.  Many virtual event guests host small parties and share their experiences with friends and family over Facebook.  “I hope we see photos of the finished meals and everyone dressed up!”