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OhioHealth ALS Clinic

Traveling to multiple physician appointments on different days of the week isn’t easy or preferable for anyone, let alone someone coping with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

At the OhioHealth ALS Clinic at Westerville Medical Campus, you or your family member have access to multiple specialists in one location. In fact, during a typical visit, you stay in one room and our team comes to you.

ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center

Being an ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center means people with ALS and their families and caregivers can be assured they are receiving evidence-based ALS care and treatment services — the very best standard of care — at the OhioHealth ALS Clinic.

Our goal is to become an ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence, and in the near future, we will be expanding our offerings to include ALS research. This enhancement and certification will ensure you have access to the full complement of ALS services.

 

About the OhioHealth ALS Clinic

Each visit to the OhioHealth ALS Clinic includes a thorough, multidisciplinary evaluation, during which patients and families can get answers to their questions all in one visit. Our care team includes a(n):

  • Fellowship-trained neurologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Dietitian
  • Social worker
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Registered nurse/care services coordinator with the ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter

OhioHealth’s System of Care

Connecting ALS patients with OhioHealth Home Care for medical equipment and in-home care. OhioHealth outpatient facilities for physical, occupational and speech therapy.

What to Expect When You Visit

We spend time with our ALS patients during their clinic visits to understand their needs and to proactively monitor and manage their symptoms.

  • Patients visit the ALS clinic every three months.
  • Prior to a clinic visit, one of our ALS nurses will call you or your caregiver to pre-screen for your needs.
  • During your clinic visit, you’ll stay in one exam room, where our specialists will come to you for consultation.
We Coordinate All Aspects of ALS Patient Care

Once you visit the OhioHealth ALS Clinic, our neurologists will share your recommended care plan with your team of physicians to ensure your care is optimized and coordinated.

The ALS clinic staff work collaboratively to coordinate care not only for clinic days but also time in between. For example, we help make arrangements for patients to meet with our clinic therapists outside of clinic. We serve as a bridge, when needed, to other medical experts — pulmonologists and ENT physicians, for example — eliminating long wait periods for referrals. And, we connect families with OhioHealth Home Care for at-home care and assistive medical equipment.

In between clinic visits, our care services coordinator will call you or your caregiver to continuously monitor your symptoms and needs. This helps stabilize and manage your symptoms at early onset, which, in turn, supports your quality of life. Also, by our sharing resources with the ALS Association, you have continuity of personalized care from nurses you see at the Association’s support groups and in our clinic.

The OhioHealth ALS Clinic — What Exceptional Multidisciplinary Design Looks Like

  • Consults with all your specialists in one place in one visit
  • A care plan that’s individualized to your needs and condition
  • Clinic visits every three months
  • Pre-clinic screening phone calls so we're ready on appointment day with the specialists and services you need
  • Direct access by phone or email to our physicians, therapists and clinic coordinator — no need to wait for clinic days to connect with us
  • Your questions answered in hours — not days
  • Bi-weekly phone calls from our nurses for continuous monitoring of symptoms, needs and condition
  • Shared resources with The ALS Association of Central & Southern Ohio