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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Loyola Opens Multidisciplinary ALS Center

Doctor holding patient's hand at hospital.

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine is opening a multidisciplinary ALS Center to provide comprehensive care that will help ALS patients in the western suburbs live longer, with improved quality of life.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells that control muscle movements. Over time, the fatal disease impairs patients' ability to move, talk, eat and breathe on their own. (ALS also has been known as Lou Gehrig's disease.)

Loyola's ALS Center will provide care from multiple specialists, including neurologist Lawrence Zeidman, MD, who has subspecialty training in neuromuscular disorders; pulmonologist Amy Guralnick, MD, an expert in noninvasive ventilation; and neuropsychologist Susan Walsh, PsyD, who treats mental disorders common in ALS patients, such as depression and pseudobulbar affect (sudden uncontrollable laughing or crying).

The center also includes respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, speech and swallowing specialists, respiratory equipment and exercise and nutrition programs.

Each patient is given a customized plan of care, and patients and caregivers receive extensive education on how to manage the disease.

There is no cure for ALS. But studies have shown that being treated in a multidisciplinary ALS center improves quality of life and extends longevity. And new medications such as edaravone (trade name, Radicava®) can delay progression of the disease and improve a patient's ability to perform activities of daily living.

The ALS Center is located at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood. To make an appointment, call 888-584-7888.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.