Kaiser Permanente members with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who live in the South Puget Sound area can now receive care closer to home. Instead of going into Seattle, patients can get care at our new ALS clinic at the Kaiser Permanente Tacoma Medical Center.
What is ALS?
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. People with ALS often require multiple medical services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, breathing care, speech therapy, nutritional support, psychological care, and more.
Why an ALS clinic in Tacoma?
Kaiser Permanente offers many of the medical services that patients with ALS need, but sometimes services are located at different facilities, including contracted services outside of the Kaiser Permanente care delivery system. Members are usually referred to existing ALS clinics at University of Washington and Swedish medical centers. For our members from the South Sound area, driving to Seattle is inconvenient and time consuming.
The ALS clinic in Tacoma Medical Center provides members the convenience of receiving care at one South Sound location. It also offers the ability to coordinate their many appointments at one location, which is most convenient as well. Nurse coordinators can schedule as many as 10 appointments for a member — all for the same day and all onsite. Once at the clinic for appointments, the member will receive all their care from multidisciplinary ALS specialists.