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 “ALS multidisciplinary clinics have been proven to extend patient survival by 30 percent or more, sometimes adding years of life.  It’s also important not to underestimate the value of these face-to-face visits for patients and their families.  The impact of the human touch is vital in treating ALS and the clinic itself also becomes a de facto support group, providing a real community and support for both patient and caregiver.”

 

 - Clifton Gooch, M.D., University of South Florida ALS Center of Excellence, Tampa

 

The Florida Chapter has teamed up with some of the best ALS physicians and clinics in the state, ensuring that our patients have access to state-of-the-art, ALS-specialized care.  These ALS Clinics and ALS Association Certified Centers of Excellence provide compassionate care in a supportive, family-oriented atmosphere modeled after the criteria of The ALS Association Center℠ Program.

 

This unique model brings together a team of medical professionals specially trained to meet the needs of those living with ALS, allowing the patient to receive care from each discipline during a single visit.  A multidisciplinary team typically includes a neurologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a respiratory therapist, a nurse, a registered dietician, a psychologist or psychiatrist, a speech and language pathologist, a social worker, and an ALS Association Chapter Liaison. 

 

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A member of our Care Management team is always present when a patient registered with us visits one of our affiliated Clinics or Certified Centers.  We communicate and work closely with clinic staff, assuring they provide the specialized care necessary to meet the needs of each patient.

 

The Chapter is affiliated with five ALS Certified Centers of Excellence and one Recognized Treatment Center; the Mayo Clinic in Florida ALS Certified Center of Excellence; the University of Miami ALS Certified Center of Excellence; the University of South Florida ALS Certified Center of Excellence in Tampa; the UF Health Jacksonville ALS Certified Center of Excellence; the Holy Cross Hospital ALS Certified Center of Excellence in Ft. Lauderdale; and the Lee Health ALS Recognized Treatment Center in Ft. Myers.

 

ALS Certified Centers of Excellence and Recognized Treatment Centers:

 

The ALS Association Certified Centers of Excellence Program designs, implements, and monitors a national standard of best-practice care in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Certifications are based on established requirements of programs, professionals’ skill sets, people living with ALS served, active involvement in ALS-related research, relationships with local Chapters, and access to care.  Achieving certification through successful completion of the program’s robust clinical and administrative reviews confirm to people living with ALS, family members, caregivers, national organizations, private and publicly-held companies, government institutions, and other key stakeholders the validity and comprehensiveness of the Certified Center of Excellence’s standards of quality and implementation of best practices.  The ALS Association Recognized Treatment Centers have the same high quality approach to multidisciplinary care as The ALS Association Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence; however, they may not offer onsite research or opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

 


ALS Certified Center of Excellence GoldMayo Clinic in Florida ALS Center of Excellence

  Mayo Clinic Jacksonville ALS Center | 4500 San Pablo Road South | Department of Neurology | Jacksonville, FL 32224 | 904-953-2000 | Medical Director - Bjorn Oskarsson, MD 

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ALS Certified Center of Excellence GoldUniversity of Miami ALS Center of Excellence

    Professional Arts Center Bldg | Medical Campus | 1150 NW 14th Street, Ste 609 | Miami, FL 33136 | Patients Only: 1-800-690-ALS1 (2571) | Local Calls: 305-243-7400 | Email: ALSClinic@med.miami.edu | Executive Director: Michael Benatar, MD, PhD  | Medical Director: Volkan Granit, MSc, MD | Advanced Practice Director: Ginna Gonzalez, ARNP, DNP

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ALS Certified Center of Excellence Gold University of South Florida ALS Center of Excellence

   Morsani Advanced Health Center | 13330 Laurel Dr. | Tampa, FL  33612 | Medical Director -  Tuan Vu, MD  | Chairman, Department of Neurology - Clifton L. Gooch, MD

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ALS Certified Center of Excellence GoldUF Health Jacksonville Multidisciplinary ALS Center of Excellence

  580 West 8th Street | Tower 1, 9th floor | Jacksonville, FL  32209 | 904-244-9922 | Medical   Director - Michael T. Pulley, MD, PhD

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ALS Certified Center of Excellence Gold

 Holy Cross Hospital ALS Center of Excellence

  Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute ALS Clinic & Research Center | 1931 NE 47th St. | Fort     Lauderdale, FL 33308 | 954-542-3434 | Medical Co-Directors - Eduardo Locatelli, MD, MPH and Lauren Tabor, PhD 

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ALS Recognized Treatment Center Silver

Lee Health ALS Recognized Treatment Center

  Outpatient Center at Plantation | 13601 Plantation Road | Fort Myers, FL 33912 | 239-343-      0776 | Medical Director - Bryant Vuong, DO

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ALS Affiliated Clinics:

Orlando Health Affiliated ALS Clinic

Orlando Health | 32 West Gore Street | 3rd Floor | Orlando, FL  32806 | Medical Director - Amparo Gutierrez, MD

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UF Gainesville Affiliated ALS Clinic - UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration

3450 Hull Road | 4th Floor | Gainesville, FL 32607| Medical Director - James D. Wymer, MD, PhD

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ALS Florida Clinics and ALS Certified Centers of Excellence are sponsored by The ALS Association Florida Chapter and the State of Florida, Department of Health.