Tidelands Health launches Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program to provide coordinated, ongoing care for ‘long-haulers’
Tidelands Health has launched a comprehensive, coordinated care and treatment program for those who have survived COVID-19 but continue to have a range of medical issues for weeks and even months after their initial infection.
The Tidelands Health Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is open to anyone whose symptoms – joint pain, fatigue, chronic cough, anxiety and more – linger long after their infection and interfere with their ability to return to work or resume their favorite activities. Referred to as COVID-19 long-haulers, these individuals can benefit from coordinated care by a variety of specialists, which the new recovery program provides.
“After seeing a number of patients experience lingering symptoms long after their initial COVID-19 infection, our team developed the Tidelands Health Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program to better meet patients’ needs,” said Dr. William Epperson, medical director of primary care at Tidelands Health. “Those who have survived COVID-19 shouldn’t just try to live with these lingering symptoms, which can often interrupt their daily life. This program is designed to provide customized care and support based on the specific set of symptoms a patient is experiencing. Just as Tidelands Health led the way in COVID-19 testing and vaccination, we aim to lead the way in long-term recovery.”
Patients in the Tidelands Health Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program benefit from a multidisciplinary care team that offers an integrated, personalized approach to treatment. Anyone whose symptoms have persisted for at least three weeks since their initial COVID-19 diagnosis is eligible for the program.
Many COVID-19 survivors experience a range of lingering symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, memory loss, chronic cough, anxiety, depression and more. COVID-19 also can damage the heart and impact heart function, create ongoing respiratory difficulties and negatively affect balance, strength and endurance. Through this new recovery program, specialists will be available to provide comprehensive care.
A patient’s first stop in the program will be with a primary care physician, who will complete a thorough physical exam and review a patient’s COVID-19 history to help determine the best approach to resolving the lingering symptoms. In addition, a care navigator will coordinate a patient’s care and serve as a resource for education and support.
Patients then will have access to a variety of specialists to address their specific needs. Cardiologists, pulmonologists, neurologists and nutritionists might all play a role in a patient’s customized care plan. As the region’s MUSC Health affiliate, Tidelands Health can also seamlessly connect patients to leading subspecialists at one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, as needed.
In addition, because COVID-19 can take a toll on balance, strength and endurance, patients will have access to a new rehabilitation program, Stronger After COVID-19, offering specialized physical, occupational and speech therapy through Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Services, the region’s largest network of outpatient rehabilitation services.
“COVID-19 long-haulers experience a range of lingering symptoms, but every case is different,” Dr. Epperson said. “That’s why it’s so important, through this new program, to connect every patient to the specialists he or she needs to provide care and treatment for each individual.
“While some symptoms are similar, there’s no one-size-fits-all care plan for COVID-19 long haulers. Providing a customized, targeted approach based on each patient’s unique needs will help achieve better results and help each patient on the road to recovery and to resume the activities they love.”
The Tidelands Health Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is available to anyone – not just patients who were treated for COVID-19 at Tidelands Health - whose symptoms have persisted for at least three weeks since their initial COVID-19 diagnosis. Individuals who would like to schedule an appointment should call 1-866-TIDELANDS.