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Ohio State opens Post-COVID Recovery Program for COVID-19

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has established the Post-COVID Recovery Program to help manage care for patients who continue to experience effects of COVID-19 longer than four weeks after a positive diagnosis of the disease.

Many people with COVID-19 become what some call “long-haulers,” with long-term symptoms that unofficially have been called “post-COVID-19 syndrome.” The symptoms may include: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle and body ache 
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing 
  • Persistent cough 
  • Confusion/brain fog 
  • Loss of taste and smell 

Ohio State has gathered physicians and other health care professionals in numerous specialties to evaluate these patients and develop individualized strategies to address long-term effects and improve quality of life for those with long-term symptoms. 

The specialties represented in the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Post-COVID Recovery Program include:

  • Pulmonology
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Cardiology 
  • Neurology 
  • Rheumatology 
  • Physical and occupational therapy 
  • Sleep medicine
  • Psychiatry

How to refer patients

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Post-COVID Recovery Program is led by primary care which is the point of entry for all patients.

The program is currently accepting referrals from Ohio State providers for patients who are experiencing long-term symptoms or effects from COVID-19 greater than four weeks after a positive diagnosis and/or post-ICU syndrome. 

  • Referral phone number: 614-293-9120
  • IHIS referral: Ambulatory referral to Post-COVID Recovery Program 

What patients and primary care providers can expect 

Patients who are referred to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Post-COVID Recovery Program will be triaged to specific subspecialties, depending on their unique symptoms.  

An individualized plan of care is developed for each patient in collaboration with the referring provider. A discharge plan of care also will be shared with the referring provider when appropriate.