The ALS Association Certified Center Program designs, implements and monitors a national standard of best-practice care in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These certifications are based on established requirements in terms of programs, professionals’ skill sets, people living with ALS served, active involvement in ALS-related research, relationships with local Chapters and access to care. Achieving certification through successful completion of the program’s robust clinical and administrative reviews confirms to people living with ALS, family members, caregivers, and other key stakeholders the validity and comprehensiveness of the Certified Treatment Center of Excellence’s standards of quality and implementation of best practices. The primary goal of the certification process is to ensure that evidence-based care processes that are closely linked to positive outcomes are hard-wired into each individual’s clinic experience.
Providence ALS Center – Oregon’s first Center of Excellence certified by the ALS Association – eases the way for patients to receive care and maximize their quality of life. Under the medical direction of Dr. Nicholas Olney and Dr. Tracy Bazan, specialists come to the patient. At one four-hour appointment, a patient may see as many as 12 specialists – all in one location. An ALS nurse serves as the patients’ guide, helping them identify needs, follow through on treatment plans and connect to resources. This approach brings specialists together as a team to identify the best treatment options and improves survival and quality of life for patients with ALS. Providence ALS Center is actively engaged in clinical trials and is passionate about providing excellent, compassionate and holistic care for each patient. To learn more you can visit the Providence ALS Center website. You can also visit this website for a full list of the providers.
Portland VA Health System ALS Clinic – Oregon’s second Center of Excellence certified by the ALS Association – eases the way for patients to receive care and maximize their quality of life.
“We are delighted to have met the criteria for becoming a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence,” said Dr. Eilis Boudreau, Medical Director for The Portland VA Health System ALS Clinic, “and are thankful for continued support from the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter in helping provide the very best care for our veterans with ALS.”
Treating over 50 veterans living with ALS in the region, Dr. Boudreau and her team provide dedicated care for our military heroes who have served our country and whose time in the service may be connected to the cause if their disease. “It is a major research initiative to understand why veteran’s develop ALS at twice the rate of the general population,” said Boudreau. “In the meantime until there is a treatment, we will do all we can to provide the best care and support resources the VA Health System can offer.”
Portland VA Medical Center - Dept. of Neurology ALS Clinicis a collaboration between The VA Portland Health Care System and The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter. For more information, please visit their website.
Oregon Health & Science University ALS Center – Oregon’s third Center of Excellence certified by the ALS Association and led by Dr. Nazir Chain, provides expert care at every stage of ALS. Including, A full team of doctors, therapists and other specialists in one place to offer compassionate care tailored to your needs and quality of life, regular consultation with ALS Association experts, where you meet with a team to discuss your symptoms and treatment, world-class research, with a commitment to help patients as quickly as possible, treatment that meets the ALS Association’s highest standards, neurologic services ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, and access to clinician trials for patients with ALS or other neuromuscular disorders. To learn more you can visit the OHSU ALS Center website.
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