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Kentucky Hospital Clinic Approved As the 23rd Certified Center of The ALS Association
In only two years since it opened its doors to meet a full range of needs of people with ALS, the ALS clinic at the University of Kentucky and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital has become the 23rd ALSA Center SM certified by The ALS Association (ALSA), the nation’s preeminent leader in the fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a progressive neurodegenerative disease.
The ALSA Center program sets the national standard for clinical care for people living with ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and their family members.
Under the direction of Edward Kasarskis, M.D., Ph.D., the University of Kentucky ALS Center is located at the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where a multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals provide care to ALS patients and their families in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere.
“This collaborative environment provides patients with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan designed to maximize function and the quality of life,” said Connie Jurige, president of the ALSA Kentucky Chapter, which agreed to support the clinic’s desire to become certified as a Center of Excellence.
“This team approach provides the highest quality of care for people with ALS and their families,” added Jurige, whose chapter sends a member of its Patient Services team to participate at the Center on clinic days and provides compensation to the Center dietician.
Approximately 30,000 Americans, at any given time, are afflicted by ALS. The life expectancy for those living with the disease is approximately two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
The ALS Association is the nation’s only not for profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.