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  • Medical Center Operator

  • 201-833-3000

  • Physician Referral Service

  • 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626)

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  • 201-833-3300

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  • 201-833-3187

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  • 201-833-7040

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  • 201-833-3352

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Clinical Research

New Treatment for COVID-19 Tried at Holy Name

Holy Name Medical Center is the first hospital in the U.S. to use Pluristem's cell-based therapy in the fight against COVID-19. The procedure, approved by the FDA, is one of several advanced treatments that specialists at the Medical Center are using to help patients during the pandemic.

On Saturday, April 11, physicians injected cells derived fromhealthy-birth placentas into the arm and leg muscles of a 49-year-old man who was critically ill. The patient has been in the ICU for nearly 3 weeks with his breathing supported by a ventilator. The hope is that the cells will modify his immune response and help heal damaged lung tissue.

The procedure was made possible by Pluristem Therapeutics, a biotech company in Israel. Pluristem announced that six critically ill COVID-19 patients in Israel had survived a week after receiving the placenta cells and four showed improved respiration.

More patients will be enrolled in this study, pending FDA approval. This is just one of several advanced treatments provided to more than 200 Holy Name patients infected with COVID-19.