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

Sep 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from The ALS Association

    CALABASAS, Calif., Sept. 20 /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 is 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.  UCSF becomes one of two certified ALSA centers in the state of
 California to 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 .
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SOURCE The ALS Association