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The five campuses of Baptist Medical Center are proud to be named in the Best Regional Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 2020-2021. The five Baptist hospitals in San Antonio (Baptist Medical Center, Mission Trail, Northeast Baptist, St. Luke’s Baptist, and North Central Baptist) are recognized as high performing in five types of care: Congestive Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, COPD, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement. Thank you to our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff who truly make us A Community Built on Care.

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Baptist Health System has more than 115 years’ history of caring for our community and making a positive difference. From welcoming your babies to restoring health or treating you in an emergency, we know that care is more than medicine. It’s compassion. It’s attentiveness. And a healthy dose of kindness. Our system of care includes six full-service hospitals, a specialized children’s hospital with a dedicated pediatric emergency unit, a comprehensive cancer care network, fitness and rehabilitation centers, urgent care clinics, a physician network, imaging centers, ambulatory services and the Baptist School of Health Professions. Wherever you go in the Baptist Health System, you’ll find that we have the same goal – to help people achieve health for life through compassionate service inspired by faith.

Caring, nurturing and helping heal friends, loved ones and neighbors is our passion. We are honored to have the opportunity to serve you.

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Baptist Health System Urges Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Participate in Convalescent Plasma Programs

Dec 13, 2021

As local hospitals continue to manage an ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients, area physicians are urging those who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to participate in a program that can benefit those who are struggling to beat the virus. Convalescent Plasma can be donated by certain individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to help treat those who are hospitalized with severe symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

Baptist Health System participates in the Mayo Clinic’s Expanded Access Program for COVID-19 which tracks collection and treatment of COVID patients with Convalescent Plasma. Mayo recently expanded the plasma treatment protocol to allow two treatments rather than one. This has increased the need for Convalescent Plasma in hospitals treating COVID patients.

Duane Hospenthal, MD, infectious diseases specialist for Baptist Health System, explained the science behind the long-used treatment, which is finding new use to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Plasma is the liquid part of our blood that contains special proteins called antibodies. These antibodies are able to help fight infection by neutralizing the virus, and help the body get rid of the infection. When someone has recovered from COVID-19, their blood still contains these special antibodies, which can help fight off an infection when given to someone else who is still suffering from severe disease,” he said. “This technology is actually very old and has been used successfully in the past to treat everything from Diphtheria to Ebola. The Mayo Clinic is leading a nationwide trial to determine how effective the use of convalescent plasma is in the treatment of COVID-19. Many of the hospitals in our region are part of this historical trial.”

For local residents who have recovered from COVID-19 infection and are interested in helping those who are struggling with the virus, there are specific guidelines that must be met to be a candidate for plasma donation, including:

  • Prior diagnosis of COVID-19, documented by a laboratory test
    • or a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
  • Complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days (some hospitals require more time)
  • A current negative test result for active infection with COVID-19
  • All other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation

Lynnette Watkins, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Baptist Health System, outlines the first steps local residents who have recovered from COVID-19 can help others struggling with the virus.

“We are urging people who have recovered from COVID-19 to contact the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for more information about donating. The urgent need for plasma donations from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 comes as our area hospitals are working to combat the ongoing surge of COVID-19 infections in San Antonio and surrounding communities. The community can help by taking all necessary precautions - please avoid large gatherings, wear your mask, and wash your hands often.”

For more information contact the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center at COVID19@southtexasblood.org or call 210-731-2719.