Post-COVID Recovery Program

doctor talking with her patientA new program at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC) is helping COVID-19 patients with lingering health issues fully recover through coordinated rehabilitation and outpatient services designed to help them return to optimal health.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged patients treated at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, as well as other hospitals, who already have preexisting illness or underlying conditions,” explains Charles Markowitz, MD, Medical Director of the Department of Rehabilitation. “COVID-19 can cause heart and lung complications, especially in patients with chronic debilitating conditions. After a hospital discharge from COVID-19, patients can have limited function due to lingering respiratory illness and weakened immune systems, or physical problems, including weakness and trouble walking.”

The Post-COVID Recovery Program, which is also available to COVID patients who were not hospitalized, offers coordinated outpatient rehabilitation, including physical and speech therapy, and access to a continuum of care, such as additional outpatient testing, radiology or prescriptions.

The Post-COVID Recovery Program is easy to get started. Patients can request a prescription from their physician and schedule an evaluation with through the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department.

If you are suffering from any of these health issues, following a COVID-19 diagnosis, this program could help:

  • Anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia
  • Chest discomfort, palpitations, and/or poor endurance with physical activity
  • Shortness of breath, coughing, and/or pain with deep breathing
  • Muscle pain, muscle weakness, joint pain and/or joint stiffness
  • Impaired sensation, altered sensation or numbness, radiating pain in limbs, and/or localized weakness of legs/feet or hands
  • Balance problems/unsteady gait, left versus right side weakness, new visual problems or hearing difficulties, difficulty thinking and/or feeling confused
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, and/or difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty urinating and/or urinary incontinence
  • Poor appetite, nausea/vomiting, frequent diarrhea, gastrointestinal discomfort and/or bowel incontinence
  • Bedsores or other skin sores, involving lower back/sacrum and/or limbs/feet

If you suffered COVID-19 either as a hospital patient, or at home, don’t hesitate to seek follow-up care to get your daily life back on track. Contact the rehabilitation experts at MMCSC and ask about the Post-COVID Recovery Program by completing our online appointment request form, calling 732.886.4849 or send an email to: mscrespiratory@rwjbh.org.

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Free transportation, within a 10 mile radius of the hospital, can also be arranged for patients with scheduled appointments.




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