Association Certified Center of Excellence
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
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
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. 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
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.
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.”
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 Clinic is 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.