January 17, 2018- Loma Linda, California
The ALS Association, along with The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, welcomed the Restorative Neurology Center at Loma Linda University Health to the nonprofit organization’s Certified Treatment Center of Excellence Program, establishing them as meeting the highest levels of established national standards of care in the management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
ALS 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. There is currently no cure and no life-prolonging treatments for the disease.
Since 1998, The ALS Association’s national network of Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence has provided evidence-based, multidisciplinary ALS care and services in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on hope and quality of life. Each ALS 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. This announcement makes the Restorative Neurology Center at Loma Linda University Health the sixth ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence in California.
Research has shown that multidisciplinary care, or, the practice of having physicians and other healthcare professionals collaborate to provide the most comprehensive treatment plan for patients, helps people with ALS have better quality of life—and actually prolongs life in most cases. The ALS Association Golden West Chapter has a long history supporting multidisciplinary ALS care.
The announcement was first shared at the 8th Annual California ALS Research Summit and the Golden West Chapter will present the clinic with a plaque acknowledging it as a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence.
“The care that people receive at the Restorative Neurology Center at Loma Linda is a model for other parts of the country and I’m proud that we are able to recognize Center and Dr. Jeffery Rosenfeld for their leadership and outstanding multidisciplinary approach to treating people with this devastating disease,” said Fred Fisher, MSW, LCSW, President & CEO of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter
“We are delighted to have met the criteria for becoming a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, and are thankful for continued support from The ALS Association Golden West Chapter in helping provide the very best care for people with ALS” said Jeffery Rosenberg, MD. “I have been fortunate to have attended this research summit since its origin. It has been an excellent forum to interact and collaborate with other scientists, both clinicians and lab based, and has provided me the foundation for my current collaborations, which might not have been possible otherwise.
About The ALS Association Golden West Chapter
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people living with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified and recognized treatment centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
The mission of The ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our vision is to create a world without ALS. The Golden West Chapter serves people with ALS and their families in 31 counties throughout California and in the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and cures for ALS. For more information about The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, please visit us at www.alsagoldenwest.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.