Ann Arbor — The ALS Association has donated an additional $25,000 to the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive ALS Clinic to support patient care.
Paula K. Morning, Chief Executive Officer of the ALS Association of Michigan, presented the check on October 14 to Dr. Stephen Goutman, the Director of the U-M ALS Clinic.
“Patient care is our utmost priority at the University of Michigan, and ALS patients and their families face many hurdles with this illness,” Dr. Goutman said. “This gift from the ALS Association of Michigan will help us provide services to our patients that they might otherwise pay for out-of-pocket. The ability to ease their burden makes this partnership between the ALS Association and the University tangible and meaningful.”
Ms. Morning said her organization is pleased to support the high-level care the University of Michigan provides to ALS patients treated there.
“Receiving high-quality, comprehensive care is so important to ALS patients and their loved ones, and the University of Michigan’s delivery of that care is second to none,” she said. “We cherish our partnership with the University of Michigan, and so do the patients we are fighting so hard to help.”
The University of Michigan Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic has been an ALSA certified center for more than two decades. The clinic utilizes a large, multidisciplinary team to manage the symptoms of ALS, maximize patient independence and provide counseling for ALS patients and their families. Michigan’s ALS Clinic team includes nurses, physicians, a dietitian, speech-language pathologists, a respiratory therapist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, and seating specialists.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. The University of Michigan’s ALS Clinic treats about 250 ALS patients over the course of each year.
About the ALS Association
Established in 1985, the ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease 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 clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.