Brigham and Women’s Hospital has launched a new, multidisciplinary COVID Recovery Center for patients who’ve recovered from COVID-19 infection but still experience lingering symptoms or complications from COVID treatment. The center provides a centralized location to evaluate post-COVID symptoms and coordinate care to help patients achieve the best possible recovery.
How does the center coordinate patient care?
Patients may have a spectrum of symptoms that require evaluation from a variety of specialists. Each patient first undergoes a comprehensive pulmonary (lung) evaluation. A patient navigator then arranges additional imaging, testing and/or referrals to medical, surgical, neurologic and psychiatric specialists as needed for efficient and timely coordination of care. Our team partners with primary care providers to ensure patients receive follow-up care tailored to their needs.
From left to right: Judy De Leon, Medical Assistant; Ann-Marcia Tukpah, MD, MPH, Clinical Fellow in Pulmonology; Fotine Liakopoulos, Medical Assistant
Will patients have the opportunity to participate in COVID-19 research?
Yes. While much remains unknown about COVID’s long-term effects, the Brigham has been at the forefront of developing clinical guidelines for patients with COVID-19 and pioneering COVID-19 research to improve care. Patients may choose to participate in our COVID-19 research studies to help inform future patient care. This participation is voluntary and not required.
Who is eligible for evaluation at the center?
Patients must have a previous documented positive COVID PCR test or positive serology. You do not need to be an existing Brigham patient to receive care.
Patients may be experiencing one or more long-term effects, including:
Cough or shortness of breath
Fibrosis of the lungs
Heart or blood vessel damage
Loss of taste or smell, or other related changes in these senses
Mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Complications related to COVID treatment, including airway complications that may require specialized medical or surgical evaluation and therapies.
Which specialists may be involved in my evaluation and care?
We are committed to providing compassionate, holistic evaluation and care. Knowing COVID-19 may affect multiple organ systems, our multidisciplinary team consists of experts working together from various specialties. Your team may include health care providers from:
Patients can receive an initial evaluation at The Lung Center located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. They may enter the hospital at the 45 Francis Street entrance. The team is committed to ensuring all patients can receive care. We want to help all those in need. Please let us know if you have any concerns about making the appointment or getting to clinic. We can help you gain access to care, including assistance with transportation, scheduling or financial challenges. Patients may have options for Virtual Visits.
How can I refer a patient or make an appointment?
Please contact the COVID Recovery Center at 617-525-3665.