Critical Illness and COVID-19 Recovery
Caring for patients and improving health after serious illness
Patients who have survived COVID-19 of any severity, as well as patients who have been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for any reason, often have continued difficulty with recovery and persistent symptoms long after their initial illness. Our Critical Illness and COVID-19 Survivorship Program exists to help all patients who have had COVID-19 of any severity, as well as survivors of other causes of critical illness, recover and live their best lives.
We have developed an integrated team of specialists so that patient care is convenient, coordinated, and focused on the priorities of our patients and families. Our team includes specialists with expertise in lung diseases and critical illness (pulmonary and critical care medicine), brain and nerve diseases (neurologists), mental health (psychiatrist), aging and frailty (geriatricians), physical and occupational therapy, medications (pharmacists), and social work. We have also partnered with programs around the country to discuss the best approaches to care and develop a network for learning how to care for patients after COVID and the ICU.
Recovery after COVID-19
Following COVID-19, patients may experience persistent or new, troubling symptoms. These symptoms may include discomfort when breathing, profound fatigue, muscle weakness, fast heart rate, dizziness, problems with thinking and memory, continued loss of or changes in smell and taste, painful neuropathy, chest pain, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Additionally, there are many other symptoms that are now being recognized after COVID-19 infection, which we are learning about every day from our patients, our international collaborators, and the latest research.
Recovery after Critical Illness
Patients who have been in the intensive care unit, whether due to COVID-19 or any other cause, face a unique set of challenges in their recovery. The group of impairments after an ICU stay has been termed Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), and includes difficulty with thinking and memory, mental health, and physical abilities. Our team are experts in treating PICS and our program is designed to help patients’ recovery from the ICU.
How to Make an Appointment
This program is for post-ICU patients and those experiencing persistent COVID-19 symptoms. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or are currently experiencing symptoms, please contact your physician directly.
We evaluate patients after COVID-19 or after a stay in an ICU at an initial one-hour telemedicine (telephone or video) visit to determine their recovery needs and personal goals.
Meet Our Team
Our multidisciplinary team collaborates across specialties to provide a full spectrum of care and support based on each patient’s individual needs. Our physicians include:
Jason Maley, MD
Program Director, Critical Illness and COVID-19 Survivorship Program
Tamara G. Fong, MD
Dae Hyun Kim, MD
Geriatric Medicine; Primary Care
Elizabeth A. LaSalvia, MD
Ross Mandeville, MD
Joseph D. Zibrak, MD
Critical Care Medicine; Pulmonary Disease
John Scherry, PT, CCS, CSCS
Physical Therapist IV; Physical Therapy
Lisa Cohen, LICSW
Cognitive Neurology; Social Work
Jaclyn French, LICSW
Mary McDonough, LICSW