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Swedish Neuroscience Institute Certified for Gold Standard ALS Care

  

Swedish ALS Clinic

The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter is pleased to Recognize Swedish Neuroscience Institute as an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence.

Seattle, Wash. (November 17, 2017) –The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter in partnership with The National ALS Association is pleased to recognize Swedish Neuroscience Institute as an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. 

The Swedish Neuroscience Institute ALS Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that provides top notch, evidence-based ALS medical care and services in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on hope and quality of life.

This multidisciplinary care model brings together a team of health care professionals specially trained to address the needs of people living with ALS, allowing them to receive care from each discipline during a single visit. The care team typically includes a neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, nurse, dietitian, speech language pathologist, social worker, mental health professional and an ALS Association Chapter liaison.

“This is a step forward for patient care in our community.” says Becky Moore, Executive Director. “The Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association is proud to be in partnership with this dedicated team.”

Since 1998, The ALS Association has worked with healthcare providers nationwide to ensure that people with ALS receive the best care possible. A clinic must meet The ALS Association’s clinical care and treatment standards, which are based on the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Practice Parameters, participate in ALS-related research and successfully complete a comprehensive site review to be certified as a center of excellence. 

Achieving certification through successful completion of the program’s robust clinical and administrative reviews confirms to people living with ALS and their family members the validity and comprehensiveness of the Certified Treatment Center of Excellence’s standards of quality and implementation of best practices.   

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.  For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. 

About the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter:

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  For more information about The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, visit our website www.alsa-ec.org

 

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