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ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence

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). Since the program’s inception, The ALS Association has certified 43 Certified Centers of Excellence throughout the country, and counting.

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 Brain and Spine Institute 


 

 

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. Kimberly Goslin, 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 one of only a few sites on the West Coast to offer the Diaphragmatic Pacing System. The Providence ALS team is passionate about providing excellent, compassionate and holistic care for each patient.

Providence ALS Center is a collaboration between Providence Brain and Spine Institute and The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter. For more information, please visit their website

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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 Cliniis 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

To locate other ALS Association Certified Centers of Excellence in the United States, please click here.