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WMCHealth Launches Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program to Aid Those with Lingering Symptoms

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VALHALLA N.Y. (October 22, 2020) – An increasing number of people who became ill from the coronavirus have physical, mental and emotional symptoms that linger well after an initial infection* -- health issues that are sometimes referred to as “post-COVID syndrome.” The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) has established a Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program for those who have had, or suspect they had, a COVID-19 infection and continue to have health issues. The multidisciplinary program gives patients access to COVID-experienced physicians in primary care, pulmonology, cardiology, nephrology, mental and emotional health, radiology, and other specialties as needed.

Currently located on the campus of Westchester Medical Center, the WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is one of the few of its kind in the nation and the only known to be operating in New York’s Hudson Valley region.

Scheduling an Evaluation

The WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is accepting new patients and takes most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Individuals can schedule an evaluation by requesting an appointment online or by calling 833.329.0095.

After an evaluation, a physical exam and review of their COVID-19 history with a WMCHealth primary care physician, patients are assigned a clinical patient navigator who will guide them through a personalized treatment plan. If a patient has a primary care physician, s/he will receive detailed communication; if they do not, the program will help the patient establish a relationship with a primary care provider.

Know the Symptoms and Risks

While anyone exposed to COVID-19 – regardless of age or severity of their resulting illness – is at risk for the longer-term effects of the disease, the risk appears to be higher for individuals with diabetes, obesity, or chronic lung, heart, kidney, or liver disease; those with compromised immune systems; residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities; and patients who were on a ventilator, experienced delirium, or developed acute respiratory distress syndrome while being hospitalized for COVID-19.

The lingering effects of a COVID-19 infection can include symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness and joint pain
  • Impact to the heart, lungs, brain, and blood cells
  • Mental “fogginess,” confusion, anxiety, depression

Experience in COVID-19 Care

WMCHealth’s physicians and nurses have significant experience treating COVID-19 patients. WMCHealth was one of the very first New York State health care systems to launch COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing throughout its network, and to-date has conducted more than 80,000 diagnostic and 18,000 antibody tests.

In addition, WMCHealth was selected to participate in medication trials, as well as the use of convalescent plasma, and continues to optimize approaches to testing, acute care, and chronic care follow-up for those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Building Community Confidence with Safety Protocols

Each patient can be assured that all CDC guidelines are met or exceeded when it comes to WMCHealth provider offices and staff use of personal protective equipment. Additionally, special COVID-19 cleaning protocols are in use by WMCHealth emergency departments, medical practice offices, hospitals and surgery centers.

Press representatives interested in speaking with a WMCHealth representative regarding the Post-COVID-19 Recovery program can contact us at any time to schedule a discussion.  Patient testimonials may also be available. 

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Symptom Duration and Risk Factors for Delayed Return to Usual Health Among Outpatients with COVID-19 in a Multistate Health Care Systems Network

Do you know anyone who has had a COVID-19 infection and is still experiencing lingering effects of their illness, or who has ongoing health issues – physical, mental, or emotional?

Do you know anyone who has had a COVID-19 infection and is still experiencing lingering effects of their illness, or who has ongoing health issues – physical, mental, or emotional? WMCHealth has established a treatment program for those who have ongoing health issues from a COVID-19 infection. This Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is available on our Westchester Medical Center campus in Valhalla, and getting an appointment is fast and easy.

These questions can help you decide if making an appointment with the Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program may be helpful:

  1. Did you or someone close to you have a COVID-19 exposure, or test positive for COVID-19?
  2. Did you have any symptoms or become ill at that time?
  3. If yes, do you still have any symptoms or feel that you are not fully recovered physically or mentally?
  4. Do you have any other health conditions that you are concerned about following your COVID-19 infection?
  5. Have you seen a primary care doctor to see if you need follow-up care?

If you are having ongoing health issues during recovery from a COVID-19 infection, please do not delay seeking care -- our COVID-experienced team is here to help. Our WMCHealth physicians will evaluate your condition, set up a custom treatment plan and make appointments with the appropriate specialists.  We will also follow up with your regular doctor to coordinate your ongoing recovery plan.

Please contact the WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at 1.833.329.0095 or WestchesterMedicalCenter.org/WMCHealthPostCOVID19RecoveryProgram for more information and to request an evaluation that can be scheduled quickly and conveniently.  We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.