As ALS progresses, the needs of patients increase significantly and they find leaving their homes more and more difficult. The geography of Texas and accessibility of care are challenges for people with ALS. With the state’s sprawling cities, growing suburbs and vast rural areas, the nearest ALS clinic may be several hours away. Patient care clinics seek to solve this issue by housing all the doctors and medical professionals that an ALS patient needs to see in one place. These specialists work together to ensure that each patient receives high-quality, comprehensive care. This multi-disciplinary approach is scientifically proven to extend patients’ lives and improve their quality of life.
One of the goals of the ALS Association is to provide access to clinical care for all Texans living with ALS. Last year, we continued our investment in seven clinics across the state, watching them grow and serve more patients than ever before. We also formed new relationships with an additional three clinics. As we continue to partner and invest in these clinics, we will put them on the path to becoming Certified Centers of Excellence, which means more funding, more clinical trials and better resources for people with ALS.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
El Paso ALS Association Affiliated Clinic
El Paso is a large community with a heavy veteran population, and, until recently, people with ALS needed to travel four to eight hours to visit an ALS clinic. In 2018, in partnership with the ALS Association of New Mexico and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences in El Paso, we funded and opened an ALS clinic in El Paso to bring much-needed ALS patient care services to the community.
“We have an amazing team that is committed to our ALS community. Having the presence, guidance and support of two ALS Chapters, Texas and New Mexico, is unique to this border town. Patients and families do not have to go alone on this difficult journey”
Social Worker, Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center El Paso
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