Minneapolis VA Health Care System
ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Minneapolis VA ALS Team. Front L to R: Erin Stern, Dan Greenwood, Anne Bateman, Mike Seabeck; Middle row: Patricia Stewart, Ila Roske, Ezgi Tiryaki; Back row: Sean Mangan, Katie Bradshaw, Beau Bedore, John Hansen, Chris Schieffer
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disease of the motor neurons that can lead to muscle weakness in extremities, problems with speaking or swallowing, and difficulty with breathing. The cause of ALS remains unknown. Veterans are thought to develop this disease at a much higher rate than non-Veterans.
Though this disease cannot be cured, treatment can be provided to improve quality and perhaps duration of life. Support is provided for patients and families affected.
The Minneapolis VA ALS clinic provides high quality, coordinated interdisciplinary care for patients and families affected by this disease. Through collaborative efforts with local ALS clinics, the team provides integrated co-managed ALS care for those already being seen in the private sector, as well as care for those seen only in the VA system. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System has been named a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association.
Services offered at the Minneapolis VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders ALS clinic include:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine
- Primary Care
- Care Coordination
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Pulmonary Consultation
- Palliative and Hospice Care
- Speech Pathology
- Assistive Technology
- Wheel chair clinic
- Social Work
- ALS patient and caregiver support groups
The ALS clinic is located within the Minneapolis VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center, at the Minneapolis VA hospital. Handicapped parking is available outside of the Spinal Cord Center.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the SCI/D Center at 612-629-7005.
One Veterans Drive,
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.