Memorial Primary Care Launches COVID-19 Long Haulers Clinic for its Patients
Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) announced the opening of the Memorial Primary Care Long Haulers Clinic to treat those who are suffering from long term effects caused by acute COVID-19, also known as Post Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). According to a recent study conducted by JAMA, approximately 30% of reported persistent symptoms six months after COVID-19 infection.
According to Melida Akiti, vice president, Ambulatory Program and Community Services, the Long Haulers Clinic was created to fill a need in the community.
“We are seeing people in our community suffering and the Memorial multidisciplinary team has come together to make sure that these lasting side effects are addressed, so they are able to resume life in a post-pandemic era,” said Akiti. “As a healthcare system, we are continuously finding ways to invest resources to help impact the lives of those in our local community.”
Since the clinic opened in May, 75 patients have enrolled in the program. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- shortness of breath,
- blood clots,
- brain fog
- and heart issues.
“We know that symptoms are not always uncovered through diagnostic testing or imaging, and some people are suffering and feeling unheard,” said Jennifer Goldman, DO, board certified family physician and chief of Memorial Primary Care. “Our goal is to create a patient-centric process that is guided by our primary care team and offers access to the specialty groups, tied together with a patient care navigator to ensure their cases are moving forward in hopes of a positive outcome and return to normalcy.”
The multidisciplinary team of medical experts will initially treat current patients of Memorial Primary Care group with plans to expand to the greater community in Summer 2021. The multidisciplinary team is made up of the following practice areas:
- Memorial Primary Care
- Memorial Neuroscience Institute
- Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute
- Integrative Medicine
- Infectious Disease
- Behavioral Health Services