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
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.
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SOURCE The ALS Association