Welcome to Smith County Medical Society

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Smith County Medical Society is to promote and encourage the highest standards of ethical medical practice for the benefit of the community and to serve as an advocate for the physicians of the Smith County Medical Society in achieving this end.

Regional Infusion Center in Smith County for COVID-19 Patients

Regional Infusion Center in Smith County for COVID-19 Patients

Smith County is now home to a Regional Infusion Center to help treat COVID-19 patients with the aim of keeping more out of local hospitals. The state-supported infusion center, which will start treating the local hospitals’ backlogs of patients needing monoclonal antibody treatment on Monday, August 30, will open to the public on Tuesday, August 31. It will include personnel, equipment, supplies and wraparound services for a 20-chair Regional Infusion Center. The Regional Infusion Center will be located at UT Health North Campus Tyler, located at 11937 U.S. Highway 271. The facility will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Medical professionals will be able to administer a monoclonal antibody treatment to up to 60 patients per day. Patients will be monitored after the infusion before being sent home to recuperate. The infusions are meant for COVID-19 patients who are not yet hospitalized or on oxygen supplements. Eligible COVID-19 patients will need a form filled out by their doctor, which will act as a prescription for the infusion. To ensure that the facility is utilized for patients who meet the treatment qualification standards for this type of treatment, a referral is required, and walk-in patients cannot be seen. If you do not have a provider, please call the Infusion Center at 903-877-7119 for more information. Providers can also call the same number to make appointments for their patients.

Patients are eligible for the medication when they: ∙ Have a positive COVID-19 test; ∙ Are within 10 days of symptom onset; ∙ Are age 12 or older; and ∙ Weigh a minimum of 88 pounds (40 kilograms). The therapy is not authorized for patients who: ∙ Have been hospitalized due to COVID-19; ∙ Require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19; or ∙ Require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 in those on chronic oxygen therapy due to underlying non-COVID-19-related comorbidity. The local infusion center can be reached at 903-877-7119 or at infusioncenter@smith-county.com. There is a statewide infusion center hotline at 1-800-742-5990 or visit https://meds.tdem.texas.gov to find out which infusion center is nearest you.

Here is more information:

  • This treatment is available at no cost to the patient.
  • When administered to non-hospitalized, high-risk patients as soon as possible after positive viral testing for COVID-19 and within 10 days of symptom onset, monoclonal antibodies may improve symptoms and reduce risk of hospitalizations and death associated with COVID-19.
  • With the use of mAb therapy, there was found to be a 70% or greater decrease in hospital admissions or deaths per two randomized controlled trials of more than 5,000 patients.
  • When using monoclonal antibodies, treatment should be started as soon as possible after the patient receives a positive result on a SARS-CoV-2 antigen or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) and within 10 days of symptom onset.
  • Eligibility Requirements:

  • High risk eligibility features qualifying patients for mAb therapy:
  • Inclusion checklist.  With a “No’ answer the patient is deemed ineligible:

  • Vaccination remains the cornerstone or our preventive efforts.
  • SARS-CoV-2 vaccination should be deferred for ≥90 days in people who have received anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies. This is a precautionary measure, as the antibody treatment may interfere with vaccine-induced immune responses.




Dr. David Kummerfeld
2021 President
Smith County Medical Society



2021 LEADERSHIP


Board of Directors:

Dr. David Kummerfeld, President
Dr. Lisa Allen, President-Elect
Dr. Evans Smith, Vice-President
Dr. Michelle Bosworth, Treasurer
Dr. Angela Cade, Secretary

Delegates:

Dr. Jimmy Michaels
Dr. David Young
Dr. Gina Jetter
Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell
Dr. Joe Martins

Alternate Delegates:

Dr. Mike McCrady
Dr. Evans Smith
Dr. Lisa Allen
Dr. Ken Kaminski
Dr. Kyna Schreiber
 

Board of Censors:

Dr. Mike McCrady
Dr. Gina Jetter
Dr. David Young

 

 

SOCIETY STAFF


 

Angela Driggs

Executive Director
adriggs@smithcomed.org
Phone: 903-593-7058

 

 

Julia Gardner

Administrative Assistant
jgardner@smithcomed.org
Phone: 903-593-7058

 

 

SCMS FOUNDATION


In 2013 the Smith County Medical Society Board initiated the creation of the Smith County Medical Society Foundation, a vehicle to support physician programs and reinforce the legacy of the Society into the future. The SCMS Foundation launched the Legacy Building Campaign in 2018 to secure a permanent home for the Society offices. Other on-going projects that help to support the legacy, outreach and advancement of SCMS include Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise Immunize, and the Physicians Wellness Program. In the spirit of philanthropy the Foundation’s efforts impact physicians individually and collectively, while fostering a healthy community.