Cell well being and schooling clinics deliver COVID assist to Erlanger Well being | information
MURPHY, NC – In line with its mission to meet the health needs of rural and underserved communities, Campbell’s Mobile Health and Education Clinics traveled this week to assist Erlanger Wester Carolina Hospital (EWCH) in delivering monoclonal antibody therapy to patients with COVID-19.
The Mobile Health and Education Clinics (MHECs) were funded by the COVID Recovery Grant, which was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2020 and is now administered by the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office. MHECs are already proving essential to Campbell’s mission through their weekly community care clinic assignment to conduct health exams and vaccinations in Harnett County and neighboring communities. On its hike furthest from Buies Creek, the MHEC is used by EWCH for additional treatment space.
“We are working to expand our influence in health care across rural North Carolina. While the pandemic continues, working with our friends at Erlangen’s Western Carolina Hospital in Murphy is exactly the kind of help that we knew rural communities were needed during such times, and we are honored to be by their side and deploy the MHEC unit, ”said Dr Britt Davis, Vice President, Institutional Development, Campbell.
As Governor Roy Cooper recently pointed out, monoclonal antibody therapy has been available for emergency use since November 2020 through FDA approval. NCDHHS Sec. Mandy Cohen also mentioned the low usage of the treatment earlier this month, but Erlangen’s Western Carolina Hospital has used the infusions specifically for high-risk, COVID-positive patients and is excited to use the Campbell mobile clinic as an infusion center.
Mr. Bob Schmid with EWCH facility staff.
This week, Campbell Medical School conducted training for the hospital’s clinical and facility staff as the hospital prepared the clinic for patient care. The clinic has two examination rooms for patients with their own closed air conditioning and UV lighting. There are also internal and external TV monitors that keep patients informed while they wait for treatment. Campbell also provided additional PPE.
Mr. Bob Schmid, technical director of the simulation center at Campbell, praised the efficiency of the setup.
“Within minutes of our arrival, we had the 40-foot MHEC setup and access to electricity and water. The nursing and surgical staff was guided by all resources of the MHEC and worked out a plan for implementing the expanded treatment capacities. Working with the EWCH facilities and clinic teams was fun and made this initiative a success. “
“I am delighted that we have been able to support efforts to care for the people of Cherokee County,” said Matt Huff, Associate DIO and Director of Post-Graduate Affairs at Campbell. “Hospital staff and providers are depleted and we hope this resource will help alleviate suffering and prevent hospitalization where possible. We are so grateful for the support of the North Carolina Legislature and Bureau for Pandemic Recovery for making these resources available for use. It is a privilege for our university to be part of supporting communities in our state. ”
Teresa Bowleg, MSN, Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, thanked Erlanger for helping Campbell to address an immediate need.
“We are very grateful that when Matt heard that EWCH needed help, he immediately reached out to him to ask how Campbell could help. We believed that the best way to help our residents and the communities we serve is to increase the availability of monoclonal antibodies in government. Matt immediately suggested that the Mobile Health and Education Clinic could be used as an infusion clinic to expand our capabilities. We are so grateful to have partners like Campbell University. “
For treatment with monoclonal antibodies, patients must make an appointment and have a doctor’s prescription.
The mobile clinic is open Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Mobile Health and Education Clinics are part of the community engagement of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, together with the Community Care Clinic and the Department of Community and Global Health.
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