Hackensack Meridian Health has just opened New Jersey’s first center dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients after they recover. Hackensack Meridian Health’s COVID Recovery Center will provide medical support to the hundreds of thousands of patients in NJ and the tri-state area who have recovered from COVID-19.
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NJ has been one of the hardest-hit states with the second-highest number of COVID-19 patients in the nation. On Thursday, the state’s coronavirus death toll rose to 15,665 known and probable fatalities with 176,501 total positive tests. Many COVID-19 patients continue to face lingering side effects requiring additional lung, heart and behavioral health care.
“Hackensack Meridian Health has been a leader in the fight against COVID-19, treating New Jersey’s first COVID-19 patient and publishing research that is helping inform how COVID-19 patients are treated across the country,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health.
Recovered COVID-19 patients who need follow-up care can call 833-565-0405 to receive a tele-screening by one of Hackensack Meridian Health’s COVID Recovery Center physicians throughout the state. Based on the screening results, the physician will create a customized care plan and connect the patient with specialists. The specialists are located in eight counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
“While our understanding of COVID-19 is evolving, it is clear many COVID-19 patients need additional care after they’ve become ‘COVID-free,’” said James Clarke, M.D., senior vice president, Primary Care & Specialty Care. “From heart and lung complications to anxiety and other behavioral health side effects, our network of primary care physicians and specialists are available to help recovered COVID patients navigate their health care journey after COVID-19.”
“As a physician on the frontlines, we are seeing the lasting effects COVID-19 has on patients following their recovery,” said Laurie G. Jacobs, M.D., FACP, AGSF, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center. “By seeking support, these patients will not only receive the help they need, but also help the medical community learn more about the longer term side effects of COVID-19.”
For more about the Recovery Center, go to HackensackMeridianHealth.org/COVIDCenter.