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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share that it is now treating COVID-19 patients with bamlanivimab, the monoclonal antibody treatment shown to reduce the severity of the virus and decrease the need for hospitalization by as much as 70 percent.

“This new COVID-19 drug therapy has great promise,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “Particularly as we see a rise in COVID-19 cases around our state and country, Lakeland Regional Health is steadfast in its commitment to provide leading-edge, evidence-based treatments and processes to the patients and families we serve. We are pleased to be among the first health systems in the state to offer this drug treatment.”

The 864-bed Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center currently has 58 COVID-19 patients in its care, with a total of 769 patients in the hospital today.

The health system began using its initial allotment of 140 doses when it treated three patients with bamlanivimab on November 19, 2020. The drug is intended for COVID-19 patients ages 12 years and older with mild to moderate symptoms in an effort to prevent symptoms from worsening and requiring emergency hospitalization. A list of criteria can be found here. Bamlanivimab is designed to be administered in an outpatient setting by intravenous (IV) infusion that takes about an hour, followed by an hour of observation. At Lakeland Regional Health, this infusion is currently taking place in an area of the Emergency Department and will soon be offered through its Urgent Care locations.

“Our exceptional physicians and nurses have been at the forefront of testing and treating COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic, and they stand ready to care for you with this new treatment,” said Hal Escowitz, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Quality Officer and Chief Medical Informatics Officer.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 and meet the above criteria are encouraged to ask their Primary Care Provider about bamlanivimab.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status five times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

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