BCFS Health and Human Services EMD is a nonprofit organization that provides essential services for people worldwide. It partners with federal, state, and local government agencies and private industry groups to provide emergency management, incident management, mass care, mass fatality management, and other initiatives to people in need. It operates several facilities and operations in Texas, including several monoclonal antibody infusion centers to help fight COVID-19. The organization’s center in Montgomery County, Texas, offers up to 90 people access to the potentially life-saving treatment a day.
Monoclonal antibody infusion treatments give patients lab-produced proteins that mimic natural antibodies that respond to infections. The COVID-19 treatment boosts the immune system by altering the way the virus attaches itself to human cells. This results in a decreased amount of virus in a patient’s body, reducing the likelihood they become very ill. By reducing these risks, the monoclonal antibody infusions offered through BCFS Health and Human Services EMD can lower local hospitals’ resource and personnel strains.
The Montgomery County Regional Infusion Center (RIC) at the Woodlands Diagnostic Clinic Building in The Woodlands, Texas, provides these innovative treatments for up to 90 people a day. It’s just a part of BCFS Health and Human Services EMD’s efforts in Texas; the organization also runs RICs in Bexar, Nueces, Travis, Tarrant, and Webb Counties.