Banner Health in Arizona has followed the lead of the national convalescent plasma study and now urges recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma to support ill patients today. The prominent Phoenix-based health system even provides donation coordinators to help potential donors navigate and maneuver the donation process in Tucson, metro Phoenix and northern Colorado.
Convalescent Plasma Initiative in Arizona
TrialSIte News received enormous interest when the COVID-19 National Convalescent study was first published. Led nationwide by Mayo Clinic and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Banner has now launched an effort collect plasma from fully recovered COVID-19 patients.
Banner University Medical Center, Tucson ICU officials reports that after its blood bank received its first unit of convalescent plasma an ICU patient will be treated there. As a single plasma donation can offer capacity for multiple patients, Banner Health now seeks to expand the use of donation coordinators to help with the process including to “assess qualifying criteria for potential donors,” question and answer support and overall guidance to help patients with the overall donation process reports local news KVOA.
- Prior diagnosis of COVID-19
- Fully recovered and symptom-free for 14 days, as determined by medical provider
- At least 17 years of age and weighing at least 110 pounds
- Good health and feeling well
About Banner Health
Banner Health, a non-profit health system, is based in Phoenix, Arizona and operates 28 hospitals and specialized facilities across 6 states. The largest employer in Arizona, and a sizeable health system as compared to any in the United States. By 2018, the organization reported assets of $11.6 billion and revenues $7.8 billion. The system was formed in 1999 via a merger between Lutheran Health Systems, based in North Dakota and Samaritan Health System in Phoenix, AZ. Banner did divest some asset (locations) in the Midwest and operates a Medicare Advantage insurance plan in the valley referred to as University Care Advantage and an AHCCCS plan referred to as Banner University Family Care.
Banner Health has partnered with University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the original three NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States established by the National Cancer Act of 1971—and has built a $90 million cancer center in Gilbert, CA.
Call to Action: For those seeking to give back, consider the inclusion criteria and contact Banner to discuss. Visit here.