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Monoclonal Antibody Treatment now at all Healthy Connections primary care locations

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Healthy Connections Community Health Network is now offering Regeneron (Monoclonal Antibody Treatment) for patients who believe they have been exposed to Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2). This treatment is successful in many patients who are considered high risk for severe Covid-19, including hospitalization or death.

Regeneron can be administered by intravenous infusion or subcutaneous injection. Patients should call our hotline at 479-437-3300 for more information. Referrals are being accepted from any provider, even if you are currently outside of the Healthy Connections Community Health Network.

Healthy Connections will be administering Regeneron both intravenously and subcutaneously at the following locations:

·3604 Central Ave., Suite D, Hot Springs

·1100 N. University Ave., Suite 260, Little Rock

·136 Health Park Lane, Mena

·900 Martin Luther King Blvd., Malvern

Additionally, Healthy Connections is now administering Regneron subcutaneously at the following locations:

·1701 S. Harrison St., Little Rock

·1723 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs

·301 Professional Park Drive, Arkadelphia

·534 Luzerne St., Mount Ida

·1206 West Collin Raye Dr., De Queen

The Healthy Connections team will administer monoclonal antibodies with a one-time intravenous (IV) infusion or subcutaneous injection in some cases. The IV infusion involves placing a needle in a vein and gradually sending the medicine through the IV and into the body. The infusion takes between 20 and 50 minutes. After the IV is removed, patients must wait at least one more hour so health care workers can watch for side effects or negative reactions. Intravenous infusion is recommended for patients who have tested positive for Covid-19. Subcutaneous injection is recommended for patients who have been exposed to Covid-19 or for whom the intravenous infusion is not otherwise feasible.

This is not a substitution for the Covid-19 vaccination. Call 888-710-8220 to schedule vaccination appointments at your nearest Healthy Connections Community Health Network location. Patients can learn more and schedule appointments by speaking to their Healthy Connections provider by calling our hotline at 479-437-3300. More information can be found at https://healthy-connections.org/monoclonal.  

Monoclonal antibodies are synthetic versions of the body’s natural line of defense against severe infection — a therapy designed to send reinforcements for the immune system. The antibody treatment is meant for Covid-19 patients early in their infection. If you are being tested for Covid-19 because you believe you have been exposed, you are eligible for this treatment.

 Healthy Connections is a Mena-based Community Health Network with locations throughout southwest and central Arkansas. Since its founding as a home-visiting program in 1998, Healthy Connections has been able to provide much-needed health, dental, behavioral health, and social services to families of every lifestyle. Services include primary care/family medicine, specialty services including cardiology, podiatry, and women’s health, My Kids Pediatric Clinic, Evolve Behavioral Health Services and Medication Management, Health For Life Clinic, Healthy Families Arkansas Polk, and Garland counties, and more.

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