Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” need to see many medical specialists. Since it is often difficult for ALS patients to leave home, Saint Francis Medical Center runs an ALS Clinic where patients can see all their specialists in one visit.
“In one visit, they can work with everyone they need to improve their quality of life, including doctors; physical, occupational and speech therapists; and dietitians,” says Robert E. Gardner Jr., MD, neurologist at Saint Francis. “Multidisciplinary clinics have been shown to improve quality of life for ALS patients.”
Saint Francis works with the ALS Association to run the clinic. The association contacts patients one week in advance of their appointment to determine their needs and arrange for appropriate specialists. “If a patient is unable to leave their house, I can check up with them over the phone,” says Gardner.
For more information, call 573-331-3996.