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Benefis Health System has developed a new program to provide specialized care and follow-up for Montanans recovering from COVID-19. Studies estimate that about 10 percent of COVID-19 patients face long-term symptoms. While the long-term effects of the disease are still unknown, Benefis Health System is working to address the issues of COVID-19 aftercare by bringing together a team from a broad range of specialties. By doing so, we will be able to provide patients access to specialists who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to educate and provide resources to the potentially 10,000 Montanans who continue to have ongoing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Because COVID-19 acts differently in many people, this multidisciplinary team will work together for the patient’s recovery. The team may include staff members from a wide range of specialties, including primary care, pulmonary, cardiology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, physical and occupational therapy, speech language pathology, ear, nose, and throat, neurology, mental health, and pharmacy.

Adedotun (Tony) Ogunsua, MD
Cardiology

Puneet Bansal, MD
Cardiology

Jason Kjono, PA-C
Pulmonology

Brad Nieset, MD
Palliative Medicine

Jeffrey Baker, MD
ENT

Walter Lajara-Nanson, MD
Neurology

Stephanie Burcusa, PhD
Behavioral Health

Patrick Smith, FNP-BC
Pulmonology

Ashton Hofstad, FNP-C
Gastroenterology

 

Benefis has been leading the way in COVID-19 treatment in Montana. We were among the first in the state to deliver monoclonal antibody treatment to high-risk COVID-19 patients, drastically reducing hospitalizations. Our Post-COVID-19 program will be the first to serve patients from across the state.

Am I a Candidate?

The Post-COVID-19 program is open to “long hauler” patients of any age. Symptoms may include ongoing fever, fatigue, breathlessness, renal and cardiovascular impairments, blood clots, muscle pain, depression, and other persistent physical and psychological effects.

Some of the most commonly reported long-term symptoms per the CDC include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain

Other reported long-term symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
  • Depression
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Intermittent fever
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)

Potential Long COVID Symptom Patients by County

 
*Data last updated 4/26/2021

Referral Process

Referrals are welcome for all patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and are still experiencing lingering health issues. If you don’t have a primary care provider, you can self-refer, and we will help you get established with a Benefis provider.

Assessment

Patients will undergo an initial one-hour virtual visit where their personal, health, and rehabilitation needs will be evaluated. After the assessment, we may recommend further testing along with consultations with specialty providers as needed. Every phase of care will be communicated to and coordinated with the patient, caregivers, and the patient’s primary care provider.

Registry

Help Benefis learn more about the long-term effects of COVID-19 by joining our COVID-19 registry and participating in future research. Participation is voluntary and is not required to receive post-COVID-19 care.

Contact Us

If you have questions, would like to request an appointment, or would like more information about post-COVID-19 care, please complete the form below and one of our team members will be in touch.

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