HMA Supports Bloodworks NW Antibody Study Aimed at Combating the Impact of COVID-19
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Healthcare Management Administrators, Inc. (HMA) announced today it is donating $10,000 to support Bloodworks Northwest COVID-19 convalescent plasma efforts now underway in conjunction with local healthcare leaders at University of Washington and federal health authorities. The administrator of several hundred self-funded health plans in the Pacific Northwest, HMA is on the frontlines of helping employers navigate the extraordinary challenges presented by COVID-19.
Bloodworks Northwest is seeking adult volunteers who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection and who are willing to donate their plasma. At the first epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak, Bloodworks Northwest is uniquely situated to lead efforts to collect convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. The plasma may be used for transfusion to treat severe COVID-19 patients and/or for research into diagnostics, vaccines, and other treatments. Bloodworks Northwest is one of several blood centers in the United States who will be assessing whether antibodies in plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can help those who are currently ill with the virus.
“Bloodworks Northwest is thrilled with this show of community support in an attempt to fight this virus,” said Bloodworks Northwest President & CEO Curt Bailey. “Steve Suter and members of his HMA team have shown up time again to donate blood. Now they’re showing up when it really counts during a pandemic where we have the opportunity to help deliver plasma-derived medicine, providing a ray of hope for the sickest patients.”
In addition to the $10,000 corporate donation, HMA has launched an internal fundraising campaign to increase the company’s total donation impact committing to a one-to-one corporate match of employee donated funds. “We are working feverishly on solutions to enable employers to safely get their employees back to work. The critical work being done by Bloodworks Northwest and University of Washington on this antibody study is meaningful to so many stakeholders in the Puget Sound region. We’re delighted to be able to support this effort,” stated HMA President & CEO, Steve Suter.
If you are in general good health and have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, you might be able to help. Start by visiting the Bloodworks Northwest COVID-19 Donor Project to see if you qualify. Depending on the results, you may be invited to make an appointment at Bloodworks Northwest.