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
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