CarePoint Health has announced the launch of the region’s first COVID-19 Outpatient Care Center to address aftercare.
The COVID Care Center, will be run out of Christ Hospital at 176 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City and provide support for patients who are recovering from COVID-19 exposure.
“At the height of the COVID 19 pandemic in our state, CarePoint Health’s hospitals and clinical staff were literally on the front lines saving lives in the battle against this pandemic,” said CarePoint Health Chief Executive Officer Dr. Achintya Moulick. “Given what we still don’t know yet about this disease we are deploying this crucial outpatient care center to help our hard-hit community and ensure COVID patients recover from their disease and get the proper follow-up treatment.”
According to CarePoint, the outpatient center will offer baseline lab work, including antibody testing; immunologic markers; inflammatory markers; pulmonary function tests to assess the lungs; and if necessary, echocardiograms to assess the heart.
“Our clinical staff are starting to see the long-term health impacts in patients recovering from COVID-19,” said Christ Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tucker Woods. “Complications to the heart, lungs, brain and kidneys are all being discovered as potential longstanding complications from contracting this disease. Patients recovering from this terrible virus are going to need consistent medical care and guidance in their recovery process, and this outpatient center provides that resource.”
As of Sept. 9, 20,305 Hudson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
At the height of the pandemic in April, nearly 90 percent of the patients in each of CarePoint’s three hospitals were COVID-19 patients. The same front-line specialists who treated these patients at the height of the pandemic will now staff the new COVID-19 Care Center.
“While we feel a small sense of victory as the census of COVID positive patients in our hospitals have declined, our focus must now shift to helping these patients recover from the chronic conditions associated with COVID-19,” Woods said. “At Christ Hospital, Doctors [Chaudhry] Aman and [Sekar] Natarajan were on the front lines during the height of COVID, and these board-certified pulmonologists/critical care physicians will now head the new outpatient care center. They will use their extensive experience to help shape the treatment protocols to help these vulnerable patients get back to living a normal life.”
The center will start with two four-hour sessions per month and expand as necessary based on patient volume.
The first day will be Friday, Sept. 11.
Those who have had COVID-19 should call the center at 866-273-4268.