May 28, 2021 Saint Barnabas Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group's Post-COVID CARE Program In The News

Helping Post-COVID-19 Patients With Distorted Senses

NJ Spotlight News - Medical director and nurse navigators are working to help patients with the symptoms at the post-Covid care program at St. Barnabas Medical Center, RWJBarnabas. About 14,065 patients currently in the program have reported distorted smell and taste. Read More

With Long COVID, History May Be Repeating Itself Among People of Color

STAT - Vanessa Trespalacios, an internal medicine physician and medical director of the Post-COVID Recovery Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in West Orange, N.J., said that when it comes to outcomes for people with long Covid, the differentiator is access to care. The New Jersey health care system, which includes 12 hospitals as well as medical group practices, reflects the population it serves in its long Covid clinic, which opened in October. That means by race, 49% of patients are white, 29% Black, 4% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander, and 17% other. By ethnicity, 72% are non-Hispanic and 28% are Hispanic. Read More

NJ Has Many COVID Long-Haulers Who’ve Taken Months to Recover

New Jersey 101.5 - Some long-haulers initially seem to recover but then weeks later suddenly become plagued with a variety of symptoms, and some people who got COVID at that start of the pandemic 14 months ago continue to struggle. “Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating, incapacitating symptoms,” said Dr. Vanessa Trespalacios, medical director for the RWJBarnabas Health Post COVID Care program. Read More

Treat Coronavirus 'Long Haulers' With Multidisciplinary and Comprehensive Approach

Health Leaders - Saint Barnabas Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group have created a multidisciplinary and comprehensive program to care for coronavirus "long haulers." The Post-COVID CARE program tailors treatment for each patient, says Vanessa Trespalacios, MD, medical director of the program and an RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group internal medicine physician. Read More

Cross-Specialty Care Program Helps RWJBarnabas Health Treat Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms

Fierce Healthcare - “We are all continuing to learn about COVID-19, PASC and their treatments,” Vanessa Trespalacios, M.D., an internal medicine physician at New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group, told Fierce Healthcare. “COVID-19 and its sequelae can affect any and all organ systems, therefore a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach is necessary. This disease causes a ripple effect that extends beyond the individual and consideration must be given to the varying degrees of impact on the individual’s home and work life.” Read More


The Post-COVID Comprehensive Assessment, Recovery and Evaluation (CARE) Program is located in the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039.

If you had COVID-19 and continue to experience lingering symptoms for more than four weeks after diagnosis or want to learn more about the COVID-19 recovery program, contact Nurse Navigator, Christina Davis, RN, CCRN, at 1-888-COVID94 (1-888-268-4394) or by email at