Greenville, S.C. (Aug. 11, 2017) —The ALS Association, along with its South Carolina Chapter, welcomed Greenville Health System’s ALS Clinic to the nonprofit organization’s Recognized Treatment Center Program, establishing the GHS ALS Clinic as meeting established national standards of care in the management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The ALS Association collaborates with some of the best ALS physicians and clinics across the United States to help ensure that people living with ALS have access to specialized, evidence-based care, based on national standards of best-practice care in the management of the disease. The ALS Association Recognized Treatment Centers provide compassionate care in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere.
These centers must meet program eligibility criteria and recognition is based on established program requirements, professional’s skill sets, collaborative relationships with their local ALS Association Chapter and access to care. This designation assures people living with ALS and families that these centers offer evidence-based care and services.
“The care that people receive here is a model for other parts of the country and I’m proud that we are able to recognize the Greenville Health System for its outstanding multidisciplinary approach to treating people with this devastating disease,” said Gerald Talley, executive director of The ALS Association South Chapter.
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 a better quality of life—and actually prolongs life in most cases.
“We are delighted to have met the criteria for becoming a Recognized Treatment Center,” said Fredy J. Revilla, M.D., chief of neurology at the GHS Neurosciences Institute. “We are also thankful for the continued support of The ALS Association South Carolina Chapter in helping provide the very best care for patients here in our community.”
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.
The GHS ALS clinic, which is based in the GHS Neuroscience Institute, is a multidisciplinary program that allows for a convenient place for the needs, questions and concerns of patients and their families to be addressed. This makes the patient and their family the primary focus.
A dedicated nurse practitioner serves as a nurse navigator for the clinic. The navigator makes contact with the patients and their families on a weekly basis. Patients can visit the navigator or be referred to a needed service based on a needs assessment.
About The ALS Association
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 with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified and recognized clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances the quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.
About Greenville Health System
Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. Learn more at ghs.org.