Saint Peter’s University Hospital Establishes COVID-19 Recovery Program

October 5, 2020

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Establishes COVID-19 Recovery Program
Saint Peter’s University Hospital launched a specialized COVID-19 Recovery Program providing comprehensive, multi-specialty treatment for individuals who were previously diagnosed (tested positive) with COVID-19.

The program offers care to those who were previously treated for COVID-19 at Saint Peter’s, those treated at other medical facilities, and those who tested positive and recovered at home.

The COVID-19 Recovery Program provides expert medical care to COVID-19 patients as they deal with persistent symptoms such as shortness of breath, lack of energy, chest pain, cough, leg swelling, stomach pain and weight loss.

“We remain vigilant in evaluating the long-term impact of COVID-19, a syndrome that still has many unknowns,” said Amar Bukhari, MD, chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Saint Peter’s. “While some patients feel better sooner, there are others that are experiencing lasting symptoms.
“To complicate matters, these symptoms can vary in intensity and duration from patient to patient; what we’ve noticed is that no two cases present the same,” Dr. Bukhari said.

Saint Peter’s COVID-19 Recovery Program begins with primary care and navigates patients to specific specialist/s, depending on their symptoms. Many COVID-19 patients continue to experience lung, heart and mental health issues during recovery while others report additional symptoms.
  • Specialists participating in the program will include pulmonologists, cardiologists, neurologists and others depending on an individual’s specific health issues. Saint Peter’s physicians will work collaboratively with primary and specialty care physicians in the community to develop individualized treatment plans so that patients can achieve optimal health, with the goal of longterm recovery.
  • Initial patient contact will be by telemedicine after which any appropriate labs or tests will be ordered.
  • Subsequent treatment and followup will be in-person or virtual and determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • In addition, documentation will be timely and sent to the patient’s existing healthcare provider.
“We want to help patients feel better by effectively managing any lasting effects of the disease,” said Nilam Srivastava, MD, chief, Division of Internal Medicine at Saint Peter’s.

Patients participating in the COVID-19 Recovery Program can also donate plasma through the Mayo Clinic’s Convalescent Plasma Therapy Research program which is being conducted at 2,637 sites nationwide. Convalescent blood plasma donations are currently being accepted through the New York Blood Center and American Red Cross.

To learn more about Saint Peter’s COVID-19 Recovery Program, please contact the COVID Recovery line at 732-745-8552 or Visit Here.

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