Friends and Colleagues,

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to unfold, strategic partnerships within the medical community are more important than ever. A “do-it-alone” approach in dealing with a virus where there is no data to reference can cost not only time, but precious lives. At the UNLV School of Medicine, we are committed to harnessing the strengths and abilities from different corners of the healthcare ecosystem. That’s why we recently reached out to Vitalant, the blood collection nonprofit, and University Medical Center, to collect blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients so it could be distributed to those who are critically ill with the virus. If someone has a viral infection and gets better, they make neutralizing antibodies to the virus that can help fight infection -- the donation of their plasma can strengthen an ill person’s immune system. In today’s newsletter, we talk about another partnership the medical school has entered into -- this one with the state of Nevada. It’s a partnership that we believe can make a difference in the lives of healthcare workers who are caring for those stricken with the novel coronavirus.