Northwestern Medicine recently launched a new multidisciplinary Comprehensive COVID-19 Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to provide coordinated and convenient care for patients who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to have lingering symptoms, such as:
Neurological symptoms such as brain fog or difficulty concentrating
Cardiovascular conditions that result from COVID-19, such as myocarditis and arrhythmia
Pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
Proteinuria or microalbuminuria
Pre-diabetes or diabetes that develops within one year a COVID-19 diagnosis
New thyroid conditions
The Comprehensive COVID-19 Center coordinates care from several specialties, including Pulmonology, Neurology, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Hematology and Social Work. Physicians from Internal Medicine and Transitional Care also provide support for patients who do not have a primary care physician or insurance. Additional specialties will be added soon, and additional clinics and centers are being planned for other locations across the health system.
Patients can become eligible to participate through physician referral, self-referral or the NMH Discharge/COVID-19 Monitoring Program. Once a patient is identified as eligible to participate, a clinical coordinator reviews the patient’s medical records to determine which specialties are needed, and then contacts the patient to schedule pre-visit testing and the initial visit. Follow-up appointments and additional testing are coordinated as needed, and care conferences with providers are scheduled weekly to discuss patient care plans and increase awareness of long-term complications.
To schedule an appointment with the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center, use the Epic referral “NMG Comprehensive COVID-19 Center Program Referral.” To contact the center, call 312.926.9900.