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ALS Multidisciplinary Clinics

The ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic model provides high-quality care along with access to the latest treatments for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). An ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic brings together physicians, pharmacists, occupational and speech therapists, nutritionists, social workers, and home palliative care staff that can provide comprehensive, specialized, sensitive care that addresses all of these needs in one place at one time. Research suggests that patients who receive treatment at an ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic live longer and have a higher quality of life.


University of Chicago Medical Center
Certified Center of Excellence

The University of Chicago ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic was established in 2009. The UCMC ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic recently achieved the status of becoming the first-ever Certified Center of Excellence in Illinois.

“We are thankful to the Greater Chicago Chapter for their support and guidance, which enabled us to build an ALS Multi-Disciplinary clinic at the University of Chicago. This year the clinic expanded from meeting twice a month to meeting three or four times a month. Our ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic provides a holistic approach to the patient that facilitates the ease with which patients can receive care and enhances patient safety and quality of life.”  -Dr. Raymond Roos, Clinic Director


University of Illinois Health & Sciences Systems
Certified Center of Excellence

In 2007, we began a partnership with the University of Illinois Health & Sciences Systems to create a monthly ALS Clinic, which is now under the direction of Dr. Charles Abrams, Clinic Director

"We feel privileged to have the opportunity to care for patients with ALS in our ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. We strive to provide the highest level of multidisciplinary care and support for all patients with ALS and their families.” -Dr. Charles Abrams, Clinic Director


Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
Affiliate of the Greater Chicago Chapter

The Hines V.A. ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic was established in 2016 under the direction of Dr. David Kvarnberg. Audrey Scafidi, LPN, Care Service Coordinator, represents the Greater Chicago Chapter at the alternating bi-monthly clinics and the V.A. staff lead bi-monthly support groups to provide follow-up support.

““The Hines VA ALS clinic care team and the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter have worked well together for several years to bring the best possible comprehensive care to veterans with ALS. The Chapter assists with referrals into the VA system for expedient access to care and benefits. They also provide ongoing care to veterans with a community-based support system and resources that compliments the care they receive from the VA.  I look forward to continued future collaboration with the Greater Chicago Chapter in assisting to bring the best possible care to the veterans!””  -Dr. David Kvarnberg, Clinic Director


Mercyhealth Rockford Brain & Spine Center
Affiliate of the Greater Chicago Chapter

The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter began operating the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic in Rockford, Illinois, in early 2015. We are proud to have the esteemed Dr. Shawn Wallery leading as the Clinic Director.

“The ALS Association has continued to be such a wonderful support for our clinic and especially our patients. Our clinic could not exist without the education and outreach they provide for so many people.”  -Dr. Shawn Wallery, Clinic Director


NorthShore University HealthSystem
Affiliate of the Greater Chicago Chapter

Our newest clinical partner, NorthShore University HealthSystem, is the first multi-disciplinary clinic experience for patients and families in the northern Chicago Suburbs. They became our sixth ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic in 2016.

“Since our inception in June 2016, the NorthShore ALS clinic has been honored to care for patients from throughout North and Northwest Chicagoland. Our multidisciplinary clinic is currently located in our NorthShore Neurological Institute clinic in Glenview, IL. With the generous support of the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter, we are able to provide comprehensive care for patients and families living with ALS.“s.  -Dr. Octavia Kincaid, Department of Neurology at NorthShore University HealthSystem


Rush University Medical Center
Affiliate of the Greater Chicago Chapter

The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter began operating the ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic at Rush University, in 2015. It is an honor to have the team of Dr. Madhu Soni and Dr. Ryan Jacobsen leading as the Clinic Co-Directors.

“We appreciate the support from the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter in helping us to establish a comprehensive ALS Clinic at Rush University Medical Center. We look forward to the future growth of our clinic and we are excited to partner with the Chapter in helping our patients battle ALS.””  -Dr. Madhu Soni and Dr. Ryan Jacobsen leading as the Clinic Co-Directors

 

 

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