A Message from RWJ Barnabas to the Community
A Message from RWJ Barnabas to the Community

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage our state, the physicians, nurses and caregivers at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus stand ready to help the community, whether suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or other urgent medical issues.

“Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus is committed to providing patients with the medical treatment they need as well as useful and accurate health information,” said Dr. Rajesh Mohan, Chief Medical Officer. “Our message to our communities is this: You are not just a patient to us, you’re also a neighbor. Please stay vigilant in your physical distancing measures in order to stay safe, and know that if and when you need us, we are here to take care of you.”

Many people with COVID-19 are without any symptoms, but it’s important to know when medical help is needed. “If at any point you, or a family member you are physical distancing with, begin to experience symptoms, such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in your chest, confusion, or bluish color in your lips, you MUST seek medical attention immediately. Other symptoms include chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea and a new loss of sense of smell and taste. Even if you have already been to the hospital, been tested, or completed an isolation period, you must pay attention to these symptoms, which may mean more medical attention is necessary,” Dr. Mohan explained. “It’s especially important to stay vigilant if you have a medical condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease or kidney disease. These conditions put you at a greater risk of experiencing more serious symptoms if you contract the virus.”

“The hospital is a safe place for COVID and non-COVID patients alike. Our doctors and nurses are only interested in treating your illness, and not interested in insurance or immigration status,” added Dr. Mohan. “No one who is sick will be denied treatment.” “You know your body best. If you feel concerned about any symptom that you are experiencing, please do not hesitate or delay in seeking medical care,” Dr. Mohan cautioned.

Despite the coronavirus, other urgent medical concerns continue to arise. It is important to reach out and seek emergent care when necessary. “We screen all patients who arrive at the hospital and separate those with possible COVID symptoms and those without to ensure that appropriate medical care is provided, and protect non-COVID patients from exposure.”

Please visit RWJBH.org/covid19 and follow RWJBarnabas Health on social media for wellness information and COVID-19 updates. Resources are available in Spanish at: https://www.rwjbh.org/patients-visitors/what-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19/covid-19-recursos-en-espanol/.

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