The ALS Association Announces The ALS Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco as a Certified ALSA Center
UC San Francisco ALS Clinic the 16th Recognized as Center of Excellence
CALABASAS, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The ALS Association has announced the approval of the ALS Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco as a certified ALSA Center in recognition of its outstanding clinical program for people with ALS and their family members. The ALS Clinic at UCSF is now one of 16 prestigious centers of excellence for ALS throughout the country recognized by The ALS Association. Led by medical director, Richard K. Olney, M.D., the ALS clinic service at UCSF began in 1993 and was expanded in 2000. "The ALS Association is delighted to add the ALS Clinic at The University of California, San Francisco to its approved list of ALSA certified centers," stated Mary Lyon, RN, MN, Vice President, Patient Services, for The ALS Association. Added Lyon, "UCSF joins The Forbes Norris certified ALSA Center at California Pacific Medical Center as only the second such ALS clinic in California to receive national certification in meeting the rigorous clinical standards set by The ALS Association to serve the needs of those affected by ALS. The Forbes Norris ALSA Center is recognized internationally as a preeminent center for ALS patient care. These two centers are the only certified ALSA centers in the state of California that meet the 'gold standard' of ALS clinical management care." To become certified as an ALSA Center, an ALS clinic must achieve national prominence, meet rigorous clinical care standards and pass a comprehensive site inspection. Using the latest research findings in clinical practice, offering clinical drug trials and conducting clinical management research involvement, these distinguished regional ALSA Centers are recognized by The ALS Association as the best in the field with regard to knowledge about and experience in ALS. "The ALS Association's ALSA Center Program sets the national standard for clinical care for people living with ALS and their family members. The nationwide network of 16 certified ALSA Centers provide state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary ALS care and services in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere with emphasis on hope and quality of life while living with the disease," added Lyon. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that occurs when motor nerve cells cease to function and die. While in most cases a person's mind remains sharp and alert, muscle control becomes completely lost. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS through research, patient support, information dissemination and public awareness. For more information about ALS and a complete list of ALSA Centers in the United States, please visit www.alsa.org. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X77393453
SOURCE The ALS Association
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