Overview

Providence ALS Center is dedicated to treating people affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is the only ALS Association-certified Center of Excellence in Oregon, offering a multidisciplinary approach to ensure ease and excellence. Emphasis is on treatment, coordinated care, education and early intervention to manage symptoms.

Providence ALS Center, led by medical director Kim Goslin, M.D., Ph.D., provides comprehensive care for people with ALS by using a multidisciplinary team of ALS specialists: a neurologist, pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, registered nurse, social worker, dietitian, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language pathologist, respiratory therapist, augmentative communication specialist, psychologist, clinical research coordinator and hospice liaison. Additional physicians specializing in issues that affect people with ALS may attend the clinic or work collaboratively with the center staff.

The center offers clinic appointments with a "one-stop shopping" approach to complete care. While each patient remains comfortably in one room, specialists take turns examining the patient, answering questions and making recommendations.

After the appointment, staff members compare notes to gain a well-rounded perspective and to develop a truly personalized care plan for each patient. Patients benefit from the convenience of seeing all specialists at one time. This becomes increasingly important as patients lose mobility.

This multidisciplinary approach has been proven to improve quality of life and prolong life for people with ALS.

Providence ALS Center is a unique collaboration between Providence Brain and Spine Institute and the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington.