Post-COVID Comprehensive Assessment Recovery and Evaluation (CARE) Program

Treating Long-Term Effects of the Coronavirus

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have cared for thousands of patients diagnosed with COVID-19. As it is a novel and extremely complex virus, the healthcare community is just learning about its long-term effects.

While many people recover from COVID-19 completely, there is a population of survivors who suffer from lingering side effects of the virus. These individuals are sometimes called “long-haulers.” Their symptoms interfere with their ability to return to their prior life and activities.

To help people manage what has been called “post-COVID syndrome,” Saint Barnabas Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group have collaborated to create the Post-COVID Comprehensive Assessment, Recovery and Evaluation (CARE) Program.

The program works in collaboration with an individual’s primary care physician. It is a patient-centric care model that includes a robust patient navigation component.

You do not need a referral to participate in this program.

Post-COVID Syndrome

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common long-term symptoms of COVID include fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain. Other long-term effects include difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”), depression, muscle pain, headache, intermittent fever and a fast-beating heart (heart palpitations).

Less common but more serious long-term complications of COVID-19 include inflammation of the heart muscle, lung function abnormalities, acute kidney injury, dermatologic issues such as rashes and hair loss, smell and taste problems, sleep issues, difficulty with concentration, memory problems, and psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, and mood changes.

Under the leadership of Medical Director Vanessa Trespalacios, MD, an RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group internal medicine physician, and with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, this program uses the latest information available to assist patients with COVID-19 recovery.

A Multidisciplinary Program

The residual impact of COVID-19 varies by individual and can affect different parts of the body. Our program offers access to a broad range of experts from a variety of services including:

  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Nurse Navigation
  • Pediatrics
  • Physiatry
  • Physical, Speech, Occupational and Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonology
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Therapy

Our Nurse Navigator Will Guide You

Our patient navigator serves as a single point of contact to help patients from their initial calls throughout treatment and into recovery. A navigator guides patients through their journeys to ensure that they receive care that exceeds expectations.

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


Please note: The Post-COVID CARE Program is located in the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039.

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